PROCESS:

Engaging the community in the governing board election process.

SOLUTION:

MCESA's elections services team administers governing board elections, special elections for district bonds and overrides, as well as governing board recall elections.

MCESA administers governing board elections in compliance with Arizona Revised Statutes (A.R.S. § 15-421).

Support services available to all candidates:

  • Provide election information to candidates, media, and school districts
  • Source of petitions and related campaign documents
  • Provide campaign packets to prospective candidates
  • Receive all candidate filings
  • Issue certificates of election and oaths of office to those elected
  • Custodian of all related records

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IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT INSTALLING CAMPAIGN SIGNS:

State law requires utilities to be marked before signs go up. If you're running for office, supporting a political candidate or working for or against a ballot measure, you must know "what is below" before signs go up!

 

2018 Election Documents

Governing Board Seats to be Elected

2016 Signature Requirements

2018 signature requirements will be available after March 1, 2018, as they are based upon March 1st voter registration totals.


Candidate Packet Info Requests

MCESA provides informational packets to interested candidates. The packets contain valuable information designed to guide both new candidates and incumbents through the process of becoming a governing board member. We expect this year's packets to be available beginning in November. Governing Board Elections occur in even numbered years (i.e. 2018). Click Here to request a packet.

Statements of Organization and Threshold Exemption Statements (Campaign Finance) 

A Political Committee Statement of Organization must be filed with either the Maricopa County Elections Department or the Maricopa County Education Service Agency (MCESA) once a candidate’s committee has reach a combined total of $1,100 in contributions and expenses. This includes the use of the candidate’s own monies. Campaign Finance forms are included in the candidate packet and are also available for download online at http://recorder.maricopa.gov/elections/candidatecampaigninfo.aspx. Candidates are able to gather petition signatures without forming a committee.

Petition Signature Filing 

During the established candidate filing period, a candidate must file the following original documents with MCESA in order for his/her name to appear on the ballot:

  • Nomination Paper/Affidavit of Qualification/Campaign Finance Statement, which must be notarized
  • Petition Signatures (number of required signatures vary by district)

The candidate filing period for the November 6, 2018 election begins at 8:00 a.m. on July 9, 2018 and closes at 5:00 p.m. on August 8, 2018. Petitions presented before or after the established filing period CANNOT be accepted. (A.R.S. § 16-311 (F)) Nomination Petitions and Nomination Papers can be filed with the MCESA or with the Maricopa County Elections Department.

**Candidates for Two (2) Year Terms MUST designate the term expiration of the term following the name of the office on the petitions prior to gathering signatures, as well as on the nomination papers.**

Candidate 10-Day Challenge Period

During the established candidate challenge filing period, a candidate's filing for candidacy (qualifications, nomination papers, petitions, etc.) can be challenged with the Maricopa County Superior Court. The 10-day challenge period for the 2018 Governing Board Elections is August 9, 2018 through 5:00 p.m. on August 22, 2018. Process instructions will be available closer to candidate filing.

Write-In Candidates

A write-in candidate must file the following original document with MCESA by 5:00 p.m. on August 22, 2018:

  • Nomination Paper/Affidavit of Qualification/Campaign Finance Statement, which must be notarized

Candidate Statements

Pursuant to Arizona Revised Statute § 15-421, each candidate whose name has been certified to appear on the election ballot/write-in list shall submit the following:

1.  A recent photograph.

2.  A typewritten or electronic statement, not to exceed 500 words.

Certified Candidates may begin submitting the data described above NO EARLIER THAN August 9, 2018 and NO LATER THAN 5:00 p.m., September 13, 2018.

A signed hard copy to of the candidate's statement can be delivered to MCESA's office or may be sent via email from the candidate's email address on file with MCESA to SchoolElections@mcesa.maricopa.gov.

 

When a governing board vacancy is declared, whether mid-term or because no candidate has come forward to run for a seat, the County Superintendent of Schools is authorized by statute to appoint a qualified elector from the district to fill the seat.

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Current Vacant Governing Board Seats

Aguila Elementary No. 63

Vacancies: 2

928-685-2222


Liberty Elementary No. 25

Vacancies: 1

623-474-6600


Mobile Elementary No. 86

Vacancies: 1

520-568-2280


Paloma Elementary No. 94

Vacancies: 2

928-683-2588


Sentinel Elementary No. 71 

Vacancies: 1

928-323-3300

School governing boards are an important part of their communities, making decisions that effect schools, leaders, teachers, students, and their parents. As advocates for the students, they set the direction for the district, establish the structure to ensure all students are served, provide support and, ensure accountability.

Find a list of current governing board members, as of the publishing date here:

 CURRENT GOVERNING BOARD MEMBERS

                     Election Results are found on the                      Maricopa County Recorder's Website.

2017 Special Election Information

Override Elections

If the proposed budget of a school district exceeds the aggregate budget limit for the budget year, the governing board shall order an override election to be held not less than 90 days from the date of the order for the purpose of presenting the proposed budget to the qualified electors of the school district who shall by a majority of those voting either affirm or reject the budget. In addition, the governing board shall prepare an alternate budget which does not include an increase in the budget of more than the amount permitted as provided in A.R.S. 15-905.

For further information on override elections, refer to A.R.S. Title 15, Chapter 4, Article 4.

Bond Elections

The governing board of a school district may, and upon petition of 15 percent of the school electors as shown by the poll list at the last preceding annual school election shall, call an election for the purposes prescribed by A.R.S. 15-491.

For further information on bonds and bond elections, refer to A.R.S. Title 35, Chapter 3, Article 3.

 


November 2017 Election Pamphlets


2017 SPECIAL ELECTION SCHOOL DISTRICTS' CONTACT INFORMATION

(CLICK THE IMAGE BELOW TO DOWNLOAD THE ENTIRE LIST)

A recall election is a process whereby the qualified electors of a school district may force a seated governing board member to stand for election prior to completing the full length of his/her term in office.

The process requires that a number of qualified electors residing within the school district demand his/her recall. Signature requirements are based on 25 percent of the number of votes cast at the last preceding general election for all the candidates for the office held by the officer, divided by the number of offices that were being filled at the election (A.R.S. 19-201.A).

A public officer must have held office for six months before a recall petition can be filed against him/her. The six-month wait only applies to the first term of office if the governing board member is elected to consecutive terms (A.R.S. 19-202.A).

A recall packet may be obtained by contacting the Maricopa County Education Service Agency Election Services at 602-506-3978, or submitting a request by email to schoolelections@mcesa.maricopa.gov or by U.S. mail to 4041 N. Central Ave, Suite 1200, Phoenix, AZ 85012. Please include the following in your request: Your name, board member name, school district name, your address.

Download current signature requirements.

Click here for a list of recalls for the current year.

For further information, please contact Election Services at (602) 506-3978 or school.elections@mcesa.maricopa.gov.

DOWNLOAD PUBLIC RECORD REQUEST FORMS:

THE ABOVE FORMS may be submitted via email OR FAX:

SchoolElections@mcesa.maricopa.gov

or

(602) 506-3753.

Contact Election Services

 

schoolelections@mcesa.maricopa.gov | (602) 506-3978