By the time Nov. 6 arrives, Glendale and Peoria residents may be wondering when they will have time to complete their ballots. This year, they will decide if a Republican should continue representing them in the 8th Congressional District, or if it is time for a change and elect a Democrat.
When Trent Franks unexpectedly resigned his Arizona Congressional District 8 seat in December following a report of inappropriate behavior, a special primary election resulted in a special general election pitting Republican Debbie Lesko against Democrat Hiral Tipirneni. It was a matchup political observers predict will be repeated in November. Both are expected to secure primary wins Aug. 28.
Still, there are school districts and the West-MEC overlay district elections, which, at this point, show several candidates interested in local school governing boards. It appears there will be a re-election slate of candidates in the West-MEC elections. James Kaltenbach is seeking re-election in District 2, while Frank Straka is running again in District 7. District 1 also has a seat up for election, but no candidate filed papers for that office.
Glendale Union High School District voters approved a $70 million bond override in 2015. The district does not have a bond proposal on its ballot this year. However, the district will be asking voters to continue its existing maintenance and operations override. The estimated revenue to fund the M&O budget is $9.75 million.
GUHSD Governing Board members running for re-election for four-year terms are Patty Kennedy and Susan Maland. Patti Hussey is seeking re-election to a two-year term.
Glendale Elementary School District has two four-year term Governing Board seats open. Board members Brenda Bartels and Sara Smith and former board member Martin Samaniego are running.
Deer Valley Unified School District has six candidates vying for two four-year seats. Ann O’Brien, Kim Fisher, Jennie Paperman, Julie Read, M. Deiana Jr. and Matt Dennis are in the race.
Peoria Unified School District also has two four-year seats up for grabs. Beverly Pingerelli is running for re-election. Cory Underhill, Michael James Gard and Davita Solter are also in the race. Current PUSD Governing Board member Kathy Knecht is not seeking re-election. She is running as an Independent candidate in the Legislative District 21 senate race.
Added to the candidate elections in the Peoria Unified School District is a bond proposal.
Voters turned down a $198 million bond proposal in 2016. The Governing Board voted against bringing another bond proposal to voters in May 2017. But May 24, 2018, the board approved placing a $189.2 million bond proposal on the Nov. 6 ballot.
School officials said, if approved, the secondary property tax rate is expected to remain at or below $1.60 per $100 of assessed valuation.
Note: In school districts where there are no candidate contests, the Maricopa County Superintendent of Schools Steve Watson may request the cancellation of the election of governing board members to save election costs. Watson will swear-in those uncontested candidates sometime before taking office on Jan. 1.
In some districts where no candidates run for the seat and/or a vacancy exists, Watson has the option to appoint and fill the vacancy.