CANDIDATE Information - 2024
CANDIDATE PACKETS ARE AVAILABLE IN THE TOWN CLERK'S OFFICE
Prospective candidates may make an appointment with the Town Clerk to review the candidate packet and discuss the election process. Informational appointments generally last 15 - 30 minutes. Please call (520) 822-8804 to make an appointment.
The nomination filing period begins Saturday, March 9, 2024, and ends at 6 PM, Monday, April 8, 2024.
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.
STATEMENT OF INTEREST
Before collecting any signatures on a candidate nomination petition, a candidate must declare their interest in running for office by filing a Statement of Interest form with the Town Clerk. Petition signatures collected before the date the Statement of Interest is filed are invalid and may be subject to challenge.
Nomination Petition SIGNATURE REQUIREMENTS
Candidate nomination petitions must contain a minimum of 326 to a maximum of 652 signatures of eligible Town of Sahuarita voters.
NOMINATION PETITION FILING PERIOD
The nomination petition filing period begins Saturday, March 9, 2024, and ends at 6 PM on Monday, April 8, 2024. Candidates must file their nomination petitions and other nomination forms with the Town Clerk’s office by 6:00 p.m., Monday, April 8, 2024, to have their name appear on the Primary Election ballot.
The following nomination forms must be filed during the nomination filing period;
- Nomination petitions containing at least 326 valid signatures
- Nomination Paper including Declaration of Qualification
- Financial Disclosure Statement
Candidate Committee FORMATION
A candidate is required to register a committee if the candidate receives contributions or makes expenditures, in any combination, of at least $500 in connection with that candidacy.
A write-in candidate is not required to file nomination petitions; however, a write-in candidate must file all other candidate election forms. To qualify as a write-in candidate, a Nomination Paper/Declaration of Qualification and Financial Disclosure Statement must be filed with the Town Clerk’s Office by 6:00 p.m., June 27, 2024 (forty (40) days prior to the Primary Election). Any person seeking to run as a write-in candidate who does not file a timely nomination paper shall not be counted in the tally of ballots.
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 Division staff are available to review sign locations to assure compliance with town code. Please call (520) 822-8855.
Political signs may be posted in the public right-of-way beginning May 27, 2024, to 15 days after the primary election (until August 21, 2024) or general election (until November 20, 2024) if the candidate advances to a runoff election. Political signs are subject to removal from the public right-of-way if not compliant with A.R.S.§16-1019(C).
A.R.S. §40-360.21-.31 requires all underground utilities to be located and marked before any "excavation" - this includes the installation of campaign signs on public or private property. Please get in touch with Arizona 811 at least two working days before the installation of signs.
The Town of Sahuarita is using the Arizona Secretary of State's E-QUAL system to enable candidates to collect nomination petition signatures online. Interested candidates may create an online account and a nomination petition at https://apps.azsos.gov/apps/election/eps/Portal/. Please follow the instructions found in the "E-QUAL CANDIDATE GUIDE."
View a video demonstrating how to set up a candidate portal via E-QUAL.
January 16, 2024*
2023 Fourth Quarter Campaign Finance Report Due
March 9, 2024
First Day to File Candidate Nomination Petitions
April 8, 2024
Last Day to file Candidate Nomination Petitions
April 15, 2024
First Quarter Campaign Finance Report Due
July 15, 2024
Second Quarter Campaign Finance Report Due
July 27, 2024
Pre-Primary Election Campaign Finance Report Due
August 6, 2024
Primary Election Day
October 15, 2024
Post Primary (Third Quarter) Campaign Finance Report Due
October 26, 2024
Pre-General Election Campaign Finance Report Due
November 5, 2024
General Election Day
January 15, 2025
2024 Post General Election (Fourth Quarter) Campaign Finance Report Due
*Reporting deadline extended to next business day (A.R.S. §§ 1-243(A) and 1-303).
The information 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 thoroughly review all election materials and comply with all current statutes.
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