Governing Board Elections

Making the governing board election an easy process for all interested candidates.

Candidate Packets Are Now Available

MCESA provides informational packets to interested candidates beginning in the Fall of the year prior to the election. Governing Board Elections occur in even numbered years (i.e. 2016).

This packet contains valuable information designed to guide both new candidates and incumbents through the process of becoming a governing board member. 

If you wish to request a Candidate Packet, please fill out the form below:

Statements of Organization and Threshold Exemption Statements (Campaign Finance)

A Political Committee Statement of Organization or $500 Threshold Exemption Statement must be filed with either the Maricopa County Elections Department or the Maricopa County Education Service Agency (MCESA) BEFORE making any expenditure, accepting any contributions, distributing campaign literature or CIRCULATING PETITIONS. It is unlawful for a candidate to begin campaign activities before filing with form. Committee names must include the candidate's name. (A.R.S. § 16-902.B) Any change in the committee information, such as new officers, must be reported within five (5) business days. These changes are reported by filing an amended Statement. Both forms are included in the packet and are available online at

Petition Signature Filing

During the established candidate filing period, a candidate must file the following original documents with our office in order for his/her name to appear on the ballot:

  • The Nomination Paper/Affidavit of Qualification/Campaign Finance Statement, which must be notarized
  • Petition Signatures (number of required signatures vary by district)

The Candidate filing period for the November 8, 2016 election begins at 8:00 a.m. on July 11, 2016 and closes at 5:00 p.m. on August 10, 2016. Petitions presented before or after the established filing period CANNOT be accepted. (A.R.S. § 16-311 (F)) Nomination Petitions and Nomination Papers can be filed with the MCESA or with the Maricopa County Elections Department at one of locations listed above.

Candidates for Two (2) Year Terms MUST designate the term expiration of the term following the name of the office on the petitions prior to gathering signatures, as well as on the nomination papers.

Candidate Statements

Pursuant to Arizona Revised Statute § 15-421, each candidate whose name has been certified to appear on the election ballot shall submit the following:

1.  A recent photograph.

2.  A typewritten or electronic statement, not to exceed 500 words.

Certified Candidates may begin submitting the data described above NO EARLIER THAN August 11, 2016 and NO LATER THAN 5:00 p.m., September 15, 2016. Submissions will be accepted via email to or in office to MCESA School Elections, 4041 N. Central Ave., Ste. 1200, Phoenix, AZ 85012. Personal Identification Numbers (PINs) for use in submitting statements and photographs via the internet are issued at the time of initial petition filing by the Maricopa County Education Service Agency. 


2016 Election Documents

Contact the Elections Services Division at

Last Modified on June 6, 2016