FLORENCE — There’s more than just seats for local, state and federal government offices open during the 2020 election.
Forty-one seats are opening on the 21 school district governing boards in the county. The number of seats open on each board ranges from four to one.
In order to run for a school board seat, a candidate has to live within the district’s boundaries and be over the age of 18, said Mark Krumrey, the senior administrative assistant for the Pinal County School Office.
How long a member serves on a governing board depends, he said. Some of the seats have terms shorter than four years because of unexpired terms to be filled.
Open board positions
|District||No. of seats|
|Casa Grande Elementary||3|
|J. O. Combs||4|
|Casa Grande Union High School||3|
|Santa Cruz Valley Union High School||3|
|Central Arizona Valley Institute of Technology||2|
|Cobre Valley Institute of Technology||1|
The number of signatures a person has to collect to be put on a school board ballot is determined by a formula, Krumrey said. A candidate has to collect signatures from at least one half of 1% of all of the registered voters in the school district in order to be eligible for the ballot. There is also a maximum limit of 400 signatures that a candidate can turn in.
Candidates who spend or collect $1,200 or more on their campaign must file campaign finance paperwork, he said. A candidate who collects $600 and spends $600 will need to file finance paperwork because the total $1,200 threshold has been met, he said.
Candidate packets can be picked up from the Pinal County School Office, 75 N. Bailey St., Florence. Candidates can also request that a packet be mailed to them by calling the office at 520-866-6565. The earliest a candidate packet can be returned to the Pinal County School Office is June 8. The latest is at 5 p.m. on July 6.