Election roundup
PHOENIX — A judge will not bar three officials who allegedly were involved in some way in the Jan. 6, 2021 riot from running again for office. In a 19-page ruling released Friday, Maricopa …
PHOENIX — An organization dedicated to limiting the size of government is asking the Arizona Supreme Court to prevent voters from getting the last word in November on a $1.9 billion tax cut.
PHOENIX — New campaign finance reports show that money matters when running for statewide office. In the crowded Republican field to replace Doug Ducey as governor, the latest figures show …
LOCAL ELECTIONS & WATCHDOG REPORTING
Paradise Valley
Politics

Who’s running for Arizona’s House of Representatives in your district?

A number of candidates hailing from the districts that cover Scottsdale and Paradise Valley are seeking election to the Arizona House of Representatives in the upcoming Aug. 2 primary election. …
Ask the Candidate

Paradise Valley Town Council candidates talk about local development increases

As more people move to the Valley of the Sun, so increases the amount of new development. In the second iteration of the Paradise Valley Town Council Q&A, candidates answer questions on local …
Politics

Mayoral Q&A: Paradise Valley candidates talk about water issues

In the second edition of Paradise Valley’s mayoral candidate Q&A series, Jerry Bien-Willner and Julie Pace answer questions about water, drought management and the recent fight to prevent …
Sun Cities
COMMUNITY

Four chosen in Sun City West board election

The Recreation Centers of Sun City West swore in two new directors-elect and welcomed back two incumbents following the election.
Florence
Election

Florence Prop 459 would further increase budget cap approved by voters

On August 2, Florence voters will be asked to consider Proposition 459, which if approved would further increase the permanent base adjustment adopted by Florence voters in 2018. In that election, …
Election

Five people are running for three seats on the Florence Town Council

With current Council Member John Anderson not running for reelection, Vice Mayor Michelle Cordes and Council Member Judy Hughes are looking to keep their seats on the Florence Town Council. They …
Election

Florence residents asked to submit ballot arguments

On March 21, the Florence Town Council voted to refer a permanent base adjustment to the 1979-1980 base expenditure limit to a vote on the August 2, ballot. Arguments or statements supporting or …
Scottsdale
Campaign Finance

Scottsdale City Council election race already accumulating money, reports show

Campaign finance reports for the first quarter of this election season are in, and some Scottsdale City Council candidates are garnering upwards of $10,000 or more in monetary donations.
Glendale
ELECTION 2022

Glendale Election Finances: Candidate spending, and who contributed

Although the three incumbents are the only candidates for this year’s election for the three Glendale City Council seats to open, each still had to file campaign finance records by this past Friday.
Goodyear
Local Elections

Candidate Q&A: Get to know the people running for Goodyear City Council

The Independent has sent out a candidate questionnaire as part of our coverage of the ongoing election for three seats on the Goodyear City Council. These are preliminary questions, meant to help …
Local Elections

Goodyear council candidate suspends campaign, another faces signature challenge

A candidate running for Goodyear City Council has dropped out of the race after an opponent’s campaign treasurer informed her that he would be challenging her signatures in court. Atenas …
Phoenix

Phoenix Mayor touts successes in pandemic era

Job growth and specialized training were among the items touted by Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego as part of last week’s state of the city address at the Phoenix Convention Center. Gallego said …
Queen Creek
Election

Queen Creek voters get city finance adjustment, utility franchise on Aug. 2 ballot

Queen Creek voters will have the opportunity to vote on Proposition 464 (Permanent Base Adjustment) and Proposition 465 (Southwest Gas Franchise Agreement) on the Aug. 2 ballot. Prop 464 - …
Election

Five people are running for three seats on the Queen Creek Town Council

With current Council Member Emilena Turley not running for reelection and Council Member Julia Wheatley running for mayor, only one incumbent, Dawn Oliphant, is running to keep her seat. She …
Election

Wheatley runs unopposed for Queen Creek mayor

Running unopposed, Queen Creek Council Member Julia Wheatley is virtually assured of being the town’s next mayor. She will be replacing current Mayor Gail Barney who chose not to run for …
Tempe
Politics

Tempe finalizes candidates for state legislature

Tempe's candidates for the Arizona state legislature have been finalized after the April 4 filing deadline passed. 
Peoria
government

Learn more about the new interim Peoria council member

Former Peoria City Council member Bridget Binsbacher recently stepped down from her council seat to run for mayor, as current Mayor Cathy Carlat will term out at the end of the year.
election

Campaign finance watch: Peoria City Council race

Of the two candidates fighting to win Peoria’s only competitive non-mayoral seat, only one has received contributions from local residents, reports show.
politics

Beck brings in the bucks for Peoria’s mayoral campaign, out spends competitor eightfold

In the battle of the big bucks, Peoria mayoral candidate Jason Beck is way out in front of Bridget Binsbacher, stuffing his campaign coffers with money from individual donors and his own pockets.
Apache Junction
Election 2022

Apache Junction mayor candidates explain city priorities

The Apache Junction City Council mayoral election is nearing in a few short months. The 2022 primary election is Aug. 2 and will include two candidates for the office of mayor: Mehmood Mohiuddin …
Election 2022

Apache Junction City Council candidates explain city priorities

The Apache Junction City Council election is nearing in a few short months. The 2022 primary election is Aug. 2 and will include four candidates for three seats: Darryl Cross, Ari Kalan, Robert …
Election 2022

Apache Junction mayor candidates discuss why they are running

The Apache Junction City Council mayoral election is nearing in a few short months. The 2022 primary election is Aug. 2 and will include two candidates for the office of mayor: Mehmood Mohiuddin …
Surprise
Elections

4-way race coming in Surprise District 1

There will be a four-man race in one Surprise City Council district this summer, a two-man race in another and a district with an incumbent running unopposed.
Mesa
Election 2022

Mesa council candidates explain why they are running

A primary election is Aug. 2 for candidates in Mesa City Council districts 4, 5 and 6, with terms expiring in January 2027. Candidates filing for a seat in each district are: District 4: Jenn …
Election 2022

Voters may request early ballots for Mesa primary election

Mesa voters may now request early ballots for the Aug. 2 Mesa primary election. Voters may sign up at https://recorder.maricopa.gov/evsignup/default.aspx for the Active Early Voting List, which …
Election 2022

6 Mesa residents seek council seats in Aug. 22 election

A primary election is Aug. 2, 2022, for candidates in Mesa City Council districts 4, 5 and 6, with terms expiring in January 2027. Candidates filing for a seat in each district …
Litchfield Park
Local Elections

Early voting begins in Litchfield parcel sale election

Early voting has begun April 20 in Litchfield Park, ahead of the city’s all-mail special election on May 17, in which voters will decide the fate of the city’s planned downtown core. …

Litchfield Park residents to vote on sale of parcels

Between 2014 and 2017 the city of Litchfield Park purchased roughly 30 acres of land on the southeast corner of Litchfield Road and Village Parkway. Those pieces of land–once privately …
Election opinions

Wheeless: In Congress, I’ll work to protect ‘American Dream’

I’m Tanya Contreras Wheeless, a candidate for U.S. Congress in Arizona’s Congressional District 4, and I am running for Congress to save the American Dream. Why? Because I’m a product of the American Dream and it’s under attack.

Giles: Congress must end government overreach

I am Dave Giles, and I am running for U.S. Congress in Arizona’s Congressional District 4 (Arizona CD4, formerly CD9). I have lived in Arizona for 20 years since retiring from consultation with Aramco in Saudi Arabia.

Krystofiak: It’s time to fully fund federal firefighters

I’m Steven Krystofiak, a Camp Verde local, conservative farmer and small business owner with deep Christian roots. I am not a politician looking for my next job while hiring D.C. consultants to tell you what you want to hear.

Bowers: Prison sentencing reform among my key issues

District 4 voters and neighbors! I am a candidate for a District 4 seat in the Arizona House (the district was formerly 28 but was renumbered).

Bowers: Prison sentencing reform among my key issues

District 4 voters and neighbors! I am a candidate for a District 4 seat in the Arizona House (the district was formerly 28 but was renumbered).

Krystofiak: It’s time to fully fund federal firefighters

I’m Steven Krystofiak, a Camp Verde local, conservative farmer and small business owner with deep Christian roots. I am not a politician looking for my next job while hiring D.C. consultants to tell you what you want to hear.

Neely: Arizona’s great because of the freedoms we all enjoy

Today, our freedoms and the Rule of Law are under attack from the liberal left woke crowd. To remain free, Arizona must be guided by a governor who respects the Constitution and will uphold law and order both at the border and in our streets.

Mayberry: It’s time to awaken core American values

My name is Young Mayberry and I’m running for the U.S. House of Representatives seat in Arizona’s Congressional District 6.

Miranda: We need more bipartisanship in Arizona Senate

As a former senator, I had the skill set to find common ground on controversial issues that faced the state legislature. I am a strong champion for the education of all children and know the number one teacher of our children are parents.

Horne: We must renew our focus on academics

Liberals in Arizona are breaking down the pillars to a good education. They want to coddle students, not teach them. They promote liberal ideology like critical race theory, which is a bunch of nonsense.
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