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Voters to choose three Council members in primary

August 7th, 2018 SanTan Sun News
Voters to choose three Council members in primary

By City of Chandler

The City of Chandler will hold a primary election on Aug. 28 for the

purpose of electing a mayor and three council members. The polls will be open from 6 a.m. until 7 p.m.

Councilmember Kevin Hartke is running unopposed for mayor, replacing Mayor Jay Tibshraeny, who is leaving office after eight years due to term limits.

Councilmembers René Lopez and Terry Roe are running for re-election and will compete for a council seat with four other candidates: William “Bill” Crawford, Matt Eberle, Matt Orlando and Aaron Harris, Sr. Voters will select three council members.

Voter participation in the August primary election is important, as Chandler City Council candidates have the ability to be elected outright if they receive a majority of the votes cast.

If any council seats remain unfilled after the primary election, those seats will be decided in a runoff in the Nov. 6 general election.

In addition to Council and statewide seats, Proposition 408 will be on the ballot. In the proposition, the city is proposing continuation of the Alternative Expenditure Limit (Home Rule Option) for the next four years. Chandler voters have approved the Home Rule Option nine consecutive times since 1982, with the most recent Home Rule election approved in August 2014.

Early voting for the primary election may be done in person from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, Aug. 22-24, at City Hall, 175 S. Arizona Ave. Early voting also is available in the offices of the Maricopa County recorder.

Voters may request an early ballot by mail but must do so by Aug. 17. Prior to the primary election, a publicity pamphlet that includes a sample ballot will be mailed to each household that has a registered voter.

For the polling place location specific to the voter’s registered address, contact the Maricopa County Elections Department at 602-506-1511, or visit their website at

Voters who have registered for placement on the permanent early voting list and are registered as “Independent” will not automatically receive an early ballot. One must either request a “city-only” ballot or must declare a party affiliation to participate in the primary election.

Terms of office

The term of office for mayor and council seats is four years and is limited to two consecutive terms. This wasn’t always the case. Until 1972, terms of office in Chandler were unlimited.

Then in 1972, voters passed a charter amendment that created term limits of four, consecutive two-year terms for mayor and two consecutive four-year terms for councilmembers. In 2012, Chandler voters approved another amendment that changed the mayor’s term to four years, the same as council members.

Polling place information

The polls will be open for voters to cast their ballots on Election Day from 6 a.m. until 7 p.m. Every qualified elector is required to show proof of identity at the polling place before receiving a ballot.

All qualified voters who are in line by 7 p.m., shall be allowed to cast their ballot. An assigned polling place locator is available online at

Political signs

A candidate running for office has to meet a number of requirements, including how to properly post their political signs. Candidates are expected to respect the wishes of the owners of the lands where the political signs are posted and to comply with the city’s sign code to ensure the safety of motorists and pedestrians.

The City Code outlines the proper size, construction and placement of political signs, their proper maintenance and timely removal. Political signs placed in an unsafe location, or violating code requirements, such as size and construction, will be removed.

Questions regarding the posting of political signs can be addressed by the city’s Code Enforcement Division at


Be informed

Visit to learn more about the upcoming elections, including a candidate listing along with their contact information, campaign finance reports, prior election results, answers to frequently asked questions and links to various voter tools, such as a polling place locator.

The public also may contact the Chandler City Clerk’s Office at 480-782-2181 with any questions or the Maricopa County Elections Department at 602-506-1511.

City of Chandlert

Chandler Mayor Jay Tibshraeny will be leaving office after eight years at the end of December. He’s termed out and will be replaced by Councilman Kevin Hartke, who is running for the post unopposed.

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