Avondale ballot

Left, no challengers submitted enough signatures to make the Avondale ballot, which features only the incumbents for mayor and city council. Right, Tolleson will have the most competition of any West Valley city, with most of the seats to be challenged.

Ballots for city council and mayor candidates in Avondale, Litchfield Park, Tolleson and Buckeye are to be mailed by Maricopa County Elections Department this week. (Goodyear does not have any seats up for election this year.)

According to the county, early voting begins Wednesday, July 8. The last day to request a ballot by mail is July 24.

The primary election is Aug. 4.

For those who are mailing ballots, the last day to mail is July 29 to make sure the ballot is counted.

 July 6 was the last day to register to vote.

Visit beballotready.vote to check registration status.

The competition will be far less for incumbents than during normal election years, as several West Valley would-be candidates said they had trouble getting the signatures needed to make the ballot.

Three mayor positions are ballots—with only three candidates.

Buckeye and Tolleson will have new mayors, as Jackie Meck and Anna Tovar are not running for reelection.

Avondale

In Avondale, which will have the mayor and three council seats on the ballot, statements of interest were filed by current council members Patricia Dennis, Veronica Malone and Michael Pineda and Mayor Kenneth Weise. Potential challengers Jesse Forte and Bobby Jones submitted statements of interest for council seats and Walter Gonazles for mayor.

None of the challengers submitted signatures needed to make the ballot.

Gonzales said the COVID-19 has forced his campaign “to go into a kind of suspension.”

Avondale voters will also decide on an extension of the alternative local expenditure limitation for the city. If the measure passes, it will extend the alternative expenditure limitation for the city of Avondale for the next four years.

If voters reject the measure, it would have a devastating effect, reducing the city’s estimated annual budget capacity by approximately 50%. 

Buckeye

Buckeye will elect a mayor and council districts 1, 2 and 3. All three current representatives—Tony Youngker, Jenine Guy and Michelle Hess—will be on the ballot. 

Eric Orsborn resigned from his council position to run for mayor.

Tedy Burton submitted enough signatures to make the ballot and challenge Youngker in District 1.

Litchfield Park

The Litchfield Park ballot will have three city council seats up for grabs. Currently in these seats are Ann Donahue, John Romack and Ron Clair. 

The incumbents and challenger Kerry Murphy Giangobbe will be on the Litchfield Park ballot.

Tolleson

In Tolleson, the mayor and three council seats are on the 2020 ballot. 

Of West Valley cities, Tolleson has by far the most competition, with three of four positions challenged.

On the Tolleson ballot will be current Vice Mayor Juan Rodriguez, the only candidate for the mayor position.

On  the ballot for the council positions will be incumbents Lupe Leyva Bandin, John Carnero and Albert Mendoza, and challengers Donnie Gerhart, Jimmy Davis and Adolfo Gámez.

Polling locations

Avondale City Hall, 11465 Civic Center Drive, will be a voting site on Aug. 4.

A ballot box will be at Avondale City Hall throughout the entire early voting period for those who wish to drop off an early ballot instead of mailing it.

Buckeye City Hall, 530 E. Monroe Avenue, is officially designated as an early voting and polling location from July 22 through Aug. 4. The hours on Aug. 4 are 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the only other in-person location on Aug. 4 in Buckeye is Liberty Elementary School, 19818 W. US Highway 85, which will also be open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.

In Litchfield Park, the polling location on Aug. 4 will be at the Church at Litchfield Park, 300 N. Old Litchfield Road, Litchfield Park.

 To find other polling locations, visit locations.maricopa.vote.