School Governing Board Qualifications
Pursuant to ARS 15-421 (C)
, a person is eligible to run for a school governing board seat in Arizona when they meet the following qualifications:
School governing board members cannot be an employee of the school district or be a spouse of a school district employee, including a person who directly provides certified or classified services to the school district as an employee of a third-party contractor.
Statement of Interest
According to ARS 16-311 (H)
, candidates must file a Statement of Interest with the Office of the Maricopa County School Superintendent before collecting nomination petition signatures. Click here
to download the Statement of Interest.
**Candidates that collected petition signatures before August 27, 2019, must file a Statement of Interest by January 2, 2020 for those signatures to be accepted.
You may read the Maricopa County Election Department’s Statement of Organization FAQ here
Filing Petition Signatures
The candidate filing period for the November 3, 2020 election begins Saturday, June 6, 2020 at 8:00 a.m. and closes Monday, July 6, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. Petitions presented before or after the established filing period CANNOT be accepted (ARS 16-311 (B)
). Candidates may file election documents at the Maricopa County School Superintendent's office.
Candidates must file the following original documents with our office in order for their name to appear on the ballot:
** Petition signature requirements will be available after Thursday, January 2, 2020.
Cancellation of School Governing Board Election
If only one or no candidate files qualified nomination papers for a school district governing board member position by 5:00 PM on August 19, 2020, our office will recommend cancellation of the election to the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors (BOS).
Under these circumstances, the candidate who has filed in a timely and appropriate manner may be appointed as if elected by the BOS to fill the school district’s governing board position (ARS 15-424 (D)
). If no candidate files and the BOS opts to cancel the election, the vacancy shall be filled through the appointment process conducted by the County School Superintendent (ARS 15-424 (D)