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
Governing Board Elections
The Office of the Maricopa County School Superintendent provides informational packets to interested candidates. The packets contain valuable information designed to guide both new candidates and incumbents through the process of becoming a governing board member.
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 seat.
2018 Governing Board Candidates
View the list of 185 candidates running for the 140 Governing Board seats up for election.
Current Governing Board Members
Vide the list of Governing Board members for all 58 school districts in Maricopa County.
The governing board of a school district may, and upon petition of 15 percent of the school electors as shown by the poll list at the last preceding annual school election shall, call an election for the purposes prescribed by A.R.S. 15-491.
For further information on bonds and bond elections, refer to A.R.S. Title 35, Chapter 3, Article 3.
If the proposed budget of a school district exceeds the aggregate budget limit for the budget year, the governing board shall order an override election to be held not less than 90 days from the date of the order for the purpose of presenting the proposed budget to the qualified electors of the school district who shall by a majority of those voting either affirm or reject the budget. In addition, the governing board shall prepare an alternate budget which does not include an increase in the budget of more than the amount permitted as provided in A.R.S. 15-905 (A.R.S. 15-481).
For further information on override elections, refer to A.R.S. Title 15, Chapter 4, Article 4.
A recall election is a process whereby the qualified electors of a school district may force a seated governing board member to stand for election prior to completing the full length of his/her term in office.