Unlike West Valley cities like Glendale, Avondale and Tolleson, the Peoria mayor is not on the ballet in 2020.
Peoria Mayor Cathy Carlat, first elected in 2015, was reelected in 2018 to serve a second four-year term.
While Carlat doesn’t have to sweat it, this election cycle, three of the six Peoria City Council seats will be on the ballot in 2020:
In play will be seats in the Mesquite District, where Bridget Binsbacher is the incumbent, the Ironwood District, currently occupied by William (Bill) Patena, and the Willow District, where Jon Edwards is the incumbent.
Just making it to the ballot is a victory, as candidates must collect signatures of support. The number of signatures varies, based on the number of voters in each city.
And the paperwork keeps stacking up for candidates.
Prior to collecting signatures, candidates must file a “Candidate Statement of Interest” form. The one-page form asks for the candidate’s name, position desired, address and phone number are available from the clerk of each city, who collects the signed forms.
In order to move forward with obtaining signatures, some candidates have already submitted their statements of interest.
Binsbacher, Patena and Edwards submitted statement of interest forms, according to Rhonda Geriminsky, the Peoria city clerk.
The only challenger to file a statement of interest form as of Monday morning: David Sandoval, in the Ironwood District.
For the August primary elections, the candidate filing period is March 9 through April 6.
The number of signatures required to make the ballot, by district: District, 389; Ironwood, 342; Willow, 324.
To obtain a candidate packet or for more information, email CityClerk2@peoriaaz.gov or call 623-773-7340.