Governing Board Elections and Candidate Information

Information for individuals who wish to be candidates for a School District Governing Board.

School Governing Board Qualifications

Pursuant to ARS 15-421 (C), a person is eligible to run for a school governing board seat in Arizona when they meet the following qualifications:

  • Registered voter in the state of Arizona
  • Resident of the school district for at least one year immediately preceding the day of election

School governing board members cannot be an employee of the school district or be a spouse of a school district employee, including a person who directly provides certified or classified services to the school district as an employee of a third-party contractor.


Statement of Interest

According to ARS 16-311 (H), candidates must file a STATEMENT OF INTEREST with the Pima County School Superintendent's Office before collecting nomination petition signatures. 

**Candidates that collected petition signatures before August 27, 2019, must file a Statement of Interest by January 2, 2020 for those signatures to be accepted.


Statements of Organization (Campaign Finance)

• Must be filed ONLY when a candidate receives contributions OR makes expenditures – in any combination – of at least $1,100 for the 2020 General Election Cycle.
• Candidates who will NOT reach the $1,100 threshold are NOT required to file a Statement of Organization.
• If a candidate reaches the threshold, the Statement of Organization must be filed with the Pima County Elections Department located at 6550 S. Country Club Road.
• Candidates are no longer required to file this form before circulating petitions.


Filing Petition Signatures

The candidate filing period begins Monday, June 8, 2020 at 8:00 AM and ends Monday, July 6, 2020 at 5:00 PM. Candidates (or their representatives) must present ALL of the necessary paperwork at one time. The filing location is the Pima County School Superintendent’s Office located at 200 North Stone Ave, Tucson, AZ 85701. Candidates must file all required documents on time or their names WILL NOT appear on the ballot.

Candidates must file the following original documents with our office in order for their name to appear on the ballot:

** Petition signature requirements will be available after Thursday, January 2, 2020.


2 Year Term Candidates

**Candidates for Two (2) Year Terms MUST designate the term expiration date following the name of the office on the petitions prior to gathering signatures, as well as on the nomination papers (ARS 16-314 (D)).**


Candidate Filing Appointments

Candidates may schedule a half-hour filing appointment with our office. Candidates without an appointment will be taken on a first come, first serve basis. Scheduling software coming soon.


Write-In Candidates

A write-in candidate must file the following original document with our office NO EARLIER THAN July 7, 2020 at 8:00 a.m. and No LATER THAN 5:00 p.m. on August 19, 2020 (ARS 16-312 and 16-410):

  • Write-In Candidate Nomination Paper

Candidate 10-Day Challenge Period

Immediately following the candidate filing period, candidate's filing for candidacy (qualifications, nomination papers, petitions, etc.) can be challenged with the Pima County Superior Court. The 10-day challenge period for the 2020 School Governing Board Elections is July 7, 2020 to July 20, 2020 at 5:00 pm.


Cancellation of School Governing Board Election

If only one or no candidate files qualified nomination papers for a school district governing board member position by 5:00 PM on August 19, 2020, our office will recommend cancellation of the election to the Pima County Board of Supervisors (BOS).

Under these circumstances, the candidate who has filed in a timely and appropriate manner may be appointed as if elected by the BOS to fill the school district’s governing board position (ARS 15-424 (D)). If no candidate files and the BOS opts to cancel the election, the vacancy shall be filled through the appointment process conducted by the County School Superintendent (ARS 15-424 (D) and 15-302).


Candidate Statements

Pursuant to ARS 15-421 (F), each candidate whose name has been certified to appear on the election ballot/write-in list may submit the following:

1.  A recent photograph.

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

3. A disclosure of any relationships by affinity, by consanguinity or by law to the third degree that exist between the candidate and any current governing board members or other candidates for election to the same governing board.

Certified Candidates may begin submitting the information described above NO EARLIER THAN Tuesday, July 7, 2020 and NO LATER THAN 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 10, 2020.

A signed hard copy of the candidate's statement can be delivered to our office or may be sent via email to matthew.stamp@pima.gov from the candidate's email address on file with the Pima County School Superintendent's Office.


Links, Forms, and Resources

School Board Candidate Checklist for November 2020 General Election

Important Deadlines for School Board Candidates for November 2020 General Election

Handbook for School Board Candidates - November 2020 General Election

Pima County Candidate Committee Statement of Organization - filed with Pima County Elections, if applicable.

Nonpartisan Nomination Petition(s)

Campaign Contribution Limits

Arizona Attorney General's Guidance on Use of School Resources to Influence Elections

Nomination Affidavit for Petition Candidates (coming soon)

Nomination Affidavit for Write-in Candidates (coming soon)

2020 Governing Board Candidate Statements (coming soon)

Nomination Petition Instructions (coming soon)

2020 Governing Board Candidates (coming soon)

2020 School Board Candidate Signature Requirements (coming soon)

School Board Candidate Withdrawal Form for 2020 (coming soon)


If you have questions, please contact our office at (520) 724-8451.

NOTE:  Individuals interested in serving on the Pima Community College Board of Governors must file with the Pima County Elections Department.