Engaging the community in the governing board election process.


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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2016 Election Documents

Current Governing Board Candidates & Candidate Statements

Governing Board Seats to be Elected

2016 Signature Requirements Available after March 1, 2016 Numbers highlighted in yellow include areas that cross into another county. The necessary figures have not yet been provided

2016 Candidate Packet Requests Info

MCESA provides informational packets to interested candidates beginning in the Fall of the year prior to the election. Governing Board Elections occur in even numbered years (i.e. 2016).

This packet contains valuable information designed to guide both new candidates and incumbents through the process of becoming a governing board member. 



Statements of Organization and Threshold Exemption Statements (Campaign Finance) 

A Political Committee Statement of Organization or $500 Threshold Exemption Statement must be filed with either the Maricopa County Elections Department or the Maricopa County Education Service Agency (MCESA) BEFORE making any expenditure, accepting any contributions, distributing campaign literature or CIRCULATING PETITIONS. It is unlawful for a candidate to begin campaign activities before filing with form. Committee names must include the candidate's name. (A.R.S. § 16-902.B) Any change in the committee information, such as new officers, must be reported within five (5) business days. These changes are reported by filing an amended Statement. Both forms are included in the packet and are available online at

Petition Signature Filing 

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

  • The 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 8, 2016 election begins at 8:00 a.m. on July 11, 2016 and closes at 5:00 p.m. on August 10, 2016. 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 at one of locations listed above.

**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 Statements

Pursuant to Arizona Revised Statute § 15-421, each candidate whose name has been certified to appear on the election ballot 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 11, 2016 and NO LATER THAN 5:00 p.m., September 15, 2016.

Please Submit a hard copy to MCESA or Email the statement to 


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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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:


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.

Download the 2017 Override Election Calendar here. 

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.

Download the 2017 Bond Election Calendar here.

November 2016 Election Pamphlets





Pro / Con Submission Form (click to download)    

Pro / Con Submission Form (click to download)



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 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


THE ABOVE FORMS may be submitted via email OR FAX:, or by fax to (602) 506-3753.

Contact Election Services | (602) 506.3978