Governing Board Elections and Appointments

Governing Board Elections

The Maricopa County School Superintendent's elections services team administers governing board elections, special elections for district bonds and overrides, as well as governing board recall elections. This office 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

School Governing Board Qualifications

Pursuant to Arizona Revised Statute §15-421(C), a person is eligible to run for a school governing board seat in Arizona when they meet the following qualifications:

  • Registered voter in the state of Arizona

  • Resident of the school district for at least one year immediately preceding the day of election

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.

Governing Board Appointments

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 position through the end of the term or the next election. 

Procedures and Processes for Appointment of School District Governing Board Members

Contact Election Services at (602) 506-3978