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In anticipation of the Nov. 3 election, ballots will be hitting mailboxes soon.

The county will mail early ballots Wednesday, Oct. 7. 

The voter registration deadline is Monday, Oct. 5. 

Registered voters can vote by mail or in person. 

The Maricopa County Elections Department mailed military and overseas ballots Sept. 16.

Rep. Debbie Lesko of Congressional District 8 will debate challenger Mike Muscato at 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 5. Both are Peoria residents. The debate is to be broadcast on Arizona PBS Channel 8, with a 10 p.m. replay.

In addition to voting on state and national representatives, Peoria voters will decide on the city’s general plan and school funding.

The Peoria Unified School District is asking for  a continuation of a 13% maintenance and operations (M&O) budget override and a $125 million bond election. According to information provided by PUSD, “If approved, the M&O override continuation would continue to provide $28 million of additional funding each year to fund health care professionals, physical education, arts education, music, chorus and assistant principals on district campuses.”

Voters approved the current 13% override in 2015. But an increase to 15% narrowly failed last fall.

PUSD voters first approved a 10% override in 1996 and renewed overrides in 2001, 2006 and 2012. In 2015, voters approved a 13% override. The authorization lasts for seven years and phases out over the last two years if not renewed or replaced with another voter-approved initiative.

If approved, the override will result in an estimated average annual tax rate of $1.4486 per $100 of limited assessed valuation for residential property owners. The tax rate associated with the district’s existing bond sales and the new $125,255,000 bond authorization would be $1.4781 per $100 of limited assessed valuation for a residential homeowner in the district.

The voters of Glendale Union High School District No. 205 will decide on a $130 million bond.

According to the bond information pamphlet, the $130 million is to be used at GUHSD for:

•Constructing school buildings.

•Renovating school buildings.

•Purchasing pupil transportation vehicles.

•Acquiring by purchase or lease school lots.

•Improving school grounds.

•Supplying school buildings with furniture, equipment and technology.


Candidate forums

Save Our Schools sponsored a candidate forum Sept. 30.

The “Forum for Education” event featured candidates from Legislative Districts 20 and 21.

From District 20, Senate candidates Paul Boyer of Glendale, the incumbent, and challenger Douglas Ervin of Phoenix were expected to participate, as well as Arizona House incumbents Anthony Kern of Glendale and Shawnna Bollick of Phoenix and challenger Judy Schwiebert of Phoenix.

From District 21, Senate candidates Rick Gray of Sun City, the incumbent, and challenger Brian Whitman of Peoria were expected to participate, as well as Arizona House of Representatives incumbent Kevin Payne of Peoria and challengers Beverly Pingerelli of Peoria,  Randy Miller of Sun City and  Kathy Knecht of Peoria.

In school board races, five candidates will be on the ballot for Deer Valley Unified School District and four for Glendale Elementary School District. Both districts have three seats open and had one candidate withdraw.

A robust field of nine candidates will fight for three Peoria Unified School District governing board seats. Seven of them participated in a Sept. 21 forum sponsored by the Peoria United Parent Council. 

Glendale Union High School District will not have an election, as only three candidates filed for the three seats that are open. LauraArita, Patti Jo Hussey and Pam Reicks will be appointed to the GUHSD board.


Key dates

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

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.

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