Avondale Mayor Kenneth Weise

Avondale Mayor Kenneth Weise has filed a statement of interest, the first step to candidacy. 

In Goodyear, Mayor Georgia Lord and the city’s six council members are safe.

Lord’s term runs through 2022 and the council seats are not up for grabs until 2022 for Joe Pizzillo, Wally Campbel and Brannon Hampton and 2024 for Sheri Lauritano and Bill Stipp.

Elsewhere in the West Valley, it’s about to get very interesting, this election year.

The mayor position is up for election in Avondale, Buckeye and Tolleson. Multiple council seats will be up for election in those cities as well as in Litchfield Park.

Just making it to the ballot is a victory, as candidates must collect signatures of support. The number of signatures varies, based on the number of voters in each city.

And the paperwork keeps stacking up for candidates.

Prior to collecting signatures, candidates must file a “Candidate Statement of Interest” form. The one-page forms asked for the candidate’s name, position desired, address and phone number are available from the clerk of each city, who collects the signed forms. 

For the August primary elections, the candidate filing period is March 9 through April 6. 

In order to move forward with obtaining signatures, many candidates have already submitted their statements of interest.

This shows there are some elections looking to be quite competitive.

The early races, around the West Valley:

Avondale:

For the 2020 Primary Election, the mayor and three council seats will be on the ballot.

Mayor Kenneth Weise, who previously told the West Valley View he would run for reelection, filed a statement of interest.

He will have at least one challenger.

Last week, Walter Gonzales filed a statement of interest for the mayor position.

Patricia Dennis, Veronica Malone and Mike Pineda filed statements they will run for Avondale City Council seats they hold.

Jesse Forte and Bobby Jones filed statements to run for city council.

For more information or forms, contact the Avondale city clerk at 623-333-1200 or cityclerks@avondaleaz.gov.

Buckeye

Buckeye will have a new mayor in 2021.

Buckeye Mayor Jackie Meck told the West Valley View, in December, he was not running for reelection. 

In the August primary election, the mayor and council districts 1, 2 and 3 will be on the Buckeye ballot.

Tony Youngker is the current District 1 representative. Jeanine Guy represents District 2. Michelle Hess is the District 3 representative. The other three Buckeye council seats are not open until 2022.

“Candidate Election Packets are available now, which include the Candidate Statement of Interest and all necessary forms and information to become an official candidate. The packets can be checked out and Statement of Interest filed by making an appointment with the city clerk,” said Summer Stewart, deputy city clerk.

For forms or more information, contact Stewart at 623-349-6914 or sstewart@buckeyeaz.gov.

Litchfield Park

The August primary will have three Litchfield Park city council seats on the ballot. 

Those council seats are currently occupied by Ann Donahue, elected 2016, John Romack first elected in 2008, and reelected twice, as well as Ron Clair, who was appointed in December. 

As of Monday, Donahue and Clair were the only two to file statement of interest forms.

Candidate packets are now available. Packets may be obtained at the City Clerk’s Office, 214 W. Wigwam Boulevard, Litchfield Park, from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday,  by appointment only. 

To obtain additional information, or to schedule an appointment, call Terri Roth, Litchfield Park city clerk, at 623-935-5033 or email troth@litchfield-park.org.

Tolleson

The mayor and three council seats will be on the primary ballot in Tolleson.

Incumbents are Mayor Anna Tovar and council members Lupe Bandin, John A. Carnero and Albert P. Mendoza.

As of Friday, Councilman Juan Rodriguez filed a statement of interest for mayor. Mendoza filed a statement of interest for reelection. At press time, Tovar had not responded to a query asking if she will run for reelection.

Donnie Gehart also filed a statement of interest for a council seat.

 “In order for a candidate to file, they will need a minimum of 41 signatures and a maximum of 82,” said Crystal Zamora, Tolleson’s city clerk.

For candidate packets, forms and questions, contact her at  623-474-4997 or czamora@tollesonaz.org.