Governing School Board Elections

The Office of the Navajo County School Superintendent provides informational packets to interested candidates. The packets contain valuable information designed to guide both new candidates and incumbents through the process of becoming a governing board member. 

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 Office of the Navajo County School Superintendent before collecting nomination petition signatures. 

A signed hard copy of the candidate's statement of Interest can be delivered to our office or may be sent via email Jalyn Gerlich from the candidate's email address on file with The Office of the Navajo County School Superintendent.

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Candidates may file election documents at the Navajo County School Superintendent's office. The candidate filing period for the November 5, 2024 election begins Saturday, June 8, 2024 at 8:00 a.m. and ends on Monday, July 8, 2024 at 5:00 p.m. (Due to the first filing date occurring on a Saturday, our office will begin accepting nonpartisan nomination petitions on Monday, June 10, 2024 at 8:00 a.m.) Petitions presented before or after the established filing period CANNOT be accepted (ARS 16-311 (B)).

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

Declaration of Qualification

Filing Petition Signatures - 4 year term (print double-sided)

SAMPLE - 4 year term

Filing Petition Signatures - 2 year term  (print double-sided)

SAMPLE - 2 year term

**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)).**

Statement of Organization

A Statement of Organization must be filed with either the Navajo County Elections Department or the Office of the Navajo County School Superintendent once a candidate’s committee has reached a combined total of $1,400 in contributions and expenses (ARS 16-905 and 16-931). This includes the use of the candidate’s own monies. Candidates can gather petition signatures without filing a Statement of Organization.

CHECKLIST FOR FILING 

(Items 1-2 must be filed together and at the same time)

  1. Nonpartisan Nomination Page, Declaration of Qualifications
  2. Nonpartisan Nomination Petitions with back of the page filled out by circulator. 
  3. If needed, Committee Statement of Organization (needs to be filed with 10 days of spending $1400)

Please schedule an appointment to file your candidate paperwork by call 928-524-4204.

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Candidate Withdrawal

School Board candidates who decide to have their name removed from the ballot must submit a notarized Affidavit of Withdrawal to the Office of Navajo County School Superintendent. Once a candidacy is withdrawn, if the candidate has registered a campaign committee, the committee is required to continue filing campaign finance reports until/unless the committee is terminated. Candidates who withdraw their name from the ballot cannot run as a write-in candidate for the same office. 

Write-In Candidates 

A write-in candidate must file the following original document with our office NO EARLIER THAN June 8, 2024 at 8:00 a.m. and No LATER THAN 5:00 p.m. on July 22, 2024 (ARS 16-312 and 16-410):

Call 928-524-4204 to request 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 Navajo County Superior Court. The 10-day challenge period for the 2024 School Governing Board Elections is July 12, 2024 to 5:00 p.m. on July 22, 2024.

To make a public records request of a candidate’s filing paperwork, call 928-524-4204.

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 July 23, 2024, our office may recommend cancellation of the election to the Navajo 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 Board of Supervisors to fill the school district’s governing board position (ARS 15-424 (E)). If no candidate files and the Board of Supervisors opts to cancel the election, the vacancy shall be filled through the appointment process conducted by the County School Superintendent (ARS 15-424 (E) and 15-302).

Recommended Cancellation Report

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.

A signed hard copy of the candidate's statement can be delivered to our office or may be sent via email Jalyn Gerlich from the candidate's email address on file with The Office of the Navajo County School Superintendent.

Certified candidates may begin submitting the information described above NO EARLIER THAN Tuesday, July 9, 2024 and NO LATER THAN 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 12, 2024.