Campaign Information - 2018

Filing Officer

The Sahuarita Town Clerk is the filing officer for all municipal elections, Please direct all questions related to candidate filing and submission of campaign finance reports to the Town Clerk's Office at (520)822-8802.

Candidate Eligibility

Residents interested in running for Sahuarita Town Council Member must be at least 18 years of age; a qualified elector at the time of filing their nomination paper; and have resided in Sahuarita for one year.

Nomination Petitions

Candidate nomination petitions must contain a minimum of 147 to a maximum of 293 signatures of eligible Town of Sahuarita voters. Candidates must file their nomination petitions and other nomination forms with the Town Clerk's office by 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 30, 2018 to have their name appear on the Primary Election ballot. Write-in candidates are not required to file nomination petitions, but must file all other nomination forms by 5:00 p.m., Thursday, July 19, 2018.

Candidate Filing Documents - Updated 4/30/18*

A candidate is required to register a committee if the candidate receives contributions or makes expenditures, in any combination, of at least $1,100* in connection with that candidacy.

An entity must register a political committee if it meets both of the following conditions: 1) the entity is organized for the primary purpose of influencing the result of an election; and 2) the entity knowingly receives contributions or makes expenditures, in any combination, of at least $1,100* in connection with any election during a calendar year. “Primary purpose” is defined in A.R.S. § 16-901(43).

The information contained on this webpage is intended to assist candidates in preparing their candidate papers. While we strive to provide the most current information, state statutes and election cases are subject to constant change and interpretation. Candidates are encouraged to review all election materials with an attorney to ensure compliance with current legal requirements. It is not appropriate for town staff to give legal advice to candidates for office. Please take time to thoroughly review all election materials and comply with all current statutes.

Full candidate information packets are available at the Town Clerk's Office.

*During the 2018 legislative session, HB2078 was passed.  Among other things, the legislation does the following:

  1. Lowers the threshold amount that triggers candidate committee registration from $1,100 to $500 for city and town candidates; and
  2. Exempts the $500 threshold from the biennial increase every two years. 

At this time the effective date of HB2078 is unknown because the Legislature remains in session.  However, it is anticipated that HB2078 will become effective before the the August primary election.  Candidates will have ten days from the effective date of HB2078 to file a Statement of Organization if the $500 threshold is met.  Additionally, candidates must begin filing campaign finance reports.  Candidates affected by the reduction of the threshold are free to register earlier than the effective daye. State law requires candidate committee reports be cumulative for the election cycle to which they relate.

The effective date of HB2078 is Friday, August 3, 2018 (added 5/4/2018).

Campaign Forms

All forms in PDF format unless otherwise noted.

Nonpartisan Nomination Paper (PDF)
Nomination Paper for Write in Candidates (PDF)
Nonpartisan Nomination Petition (PDF)
Financial Disclosure Statement (PDF) - updated 5/18
Political Action Committee Statement of Organization (PDF)
Campaign Contribution Limits (2017/2018) (PDF)
Campaign Finance Report Forms (PDF) - updated 4/18
Campaign Finance Report Forms (WORD) - updated 4/18
Political Action Committee Termination Statement (PDF)
Secretary of State's Campaign Finance Handbook (PDF) - updated 6/18

Political Signs

Campaigns wishing to use political signs within the boundaries of the Town of Sahuarita must comply with A.R.S.§ 16-1019 and Sahuarita Town Code Sections 18.79.010 and 18.79.020. Planning and Zoning staff are available to review sign locations to assure compliance with town code. Please call (520)822-8855.

A.R.S. §40-360.21-.31 requires all underground utilities to be located and marked before any type of "excavation" - this includes the installation of campaign signs on public or private property. Please contact Arizona 811 at least two working days before installation of signs.

Candidate Packets

Prospective candidates may make an appointment with the Town Clerk to review the candidate packet and discuss the election process. Informational appointments generally last 30 minutes. Please call (520)822-8802 to make an appointment.

Important Dates


April 16, 2018*
First Quarter Campaign Finance Report Due

April 30, 2018
First Day to file Candidate Nomination Petitions

May 30, 2018
Last Day to file Candidate Nomination Petitions

July 16, 2018*
Second Quarter Campaign Finance Report Due

August 20, 2018*
Pre-Primary Election Campaign Finance Report Due

August 28, 2018
Primary Election Day


October 15, 2018
Third Quarter Campaign Finance Report Due

October 29, 2018*
Pre-General Election Campaign Finance Report Due

November 6, 2018
General Election Day

*Effective April 15, 2018, reporting deadline was extended to next business day.  A.R.S. §§ 1-243(A) and 1-303.

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