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West Valley voters soon will have the chance to help choose everything from leaders of school districts to leaders of the state—and country.

Buckeye Elementary School District voters will choose from Amy Lovitt, Michael Melton,  Brett Benninghoff and Richard Hopkins for three open board seats.

Six filed as Buckeye Union High School District board candidates for three open seats: Morris Seeskin, Megan Blackburn, Jeffrey Brady,  Kristi Bencomo, Paul Jensen and Brian Turner.

Five candidates filed as Litchfield Elementary School District governing board candidates for three open seats: Ryan Risselman, Tawnya Pfitzer, Jeremy Hoenack, Danielle Clymer and Melissa Zuidema.

Four candidates filed as Littleton Elementary School District governing board candidates for three open seats: Sara Contreras, Kathy Reyes, John Raeder and Sophia Johnson.

Other West Valley districts canceled elections due to a lack of competition.

Agua Fria Union High School District residents will not vote, as only Kristen Acton, Gina DeCoste and Trey Terry filed for three open board seats. They will be appointed.

Similarly, Avondale Elementary School District will not have an election, as Amy Lowe, Mark Gonzales, Megan Griego, Elizabeth Canchola and Robert Vernier were the only candidates to file for the five open board positions.

Liberty Elementary School District will not have an election for the governing board, with only three candidates for the three open seats: Suzanne McEvoy, Jamie Miller and Paul Bixler. (William Jennings withdrew his candidacy.)

And only three filed as Saddle Mountain Unified School District governing board candidates for the same number of open seats: Bernadette Delacruz, Bonnie Hudson and Paul Roetto.

Tolleson Elementary and Tolleson Union High school districts will not have elections.

Due to a lack of competition, Anthony Aponte, Belinda Quezada and Roberta Garcia will be appointed to the Tolleson Elementary School District governing board and Steven Chapman, Kino Flores and Freddie Villalon will be appointed to the Tolleson Union High School Districtgoverning board.

The Nov. 3 election is the final election held between nominees of various parties, as well as nonpartisan races including school board elections, ballot propositions and initiatives.

Registered voters can vote by mail or in person. 

The Maricopa County Elections department mailed military and overseas ballots Wednesday, Sept. 16.

The voter registration deadline is Oct. 5. 

The county will mail early ballots Oct. 7. 

In-person voting also begins Oct. 7, through Election Day, Nov. 3. 

All voting locations will follow strict physical distancing and cleaning guidelines, according to the county.

Oct. 23 is the last day to request a ballot in the mail.

For more information, visit recorder.maricopa.gov/elections.

To check on your voting status, visit recorder.maricopa.gov/BeBallotReady.