(Posted Oct. 24, 2019)
This attached guide was issued Monday night during a City Hall meeting for candidates and prospective candidates for Casa Grande’s August 2020 primary election.
Further information and links to required forms listed in the guide at https://casagrandeaz.gov/city-elections-2020/
The Arizona secretary of state candidate campaign website referenced in the guide is https://azsos.gov/elections/campaign-finance-reporting
Casa Grande’s primary municipal election will be Aug. 4, 2020.
Mayor Craig McFarland is eligible for re-election as are councilwomen Mary Kortsen, Lisa Navarro-Fitzgibbons and Donna McBride.
Any candidate receiving a majority of votes cast during the primary is automatically elected. If a majority is not reached, the candidate must run again in a general election, which would be on Nov. 3, 2020.
According to the staff report accompanying the City Council agenda item, “The majority of all the votes cast as required by the city's charter and ordinance will be determined by utilizing the below methodology:
“1. Calculating the total number of actual votes cast for all candidates for an office whose names were lawfully on the ballot for that office.
“2. Dividing the sum reached above by the number of seats to be filled for that office.
“3. Dividing the number reached pursuant to paragraph 2 by two and rounding that
number to the highest whole number.
“If not all seats are filled at the primary election, then the primary election is deemed a nominating election and those candidates receiving the highest number of votes proceed to the general election.
“The number of candidates to proceed to the general election is two times the number of available seats. For example, if two council seats are not filled in the primary election, up to four candidates would proceed to the General Election.”
Candidate packets should be filed at the City Clerk’s Office by 5 p.m., April 6.
Candidates for mayor must be 25 years of age or older, and candidates for council member must be at least 21.
The deadline to register to vote in the primary is July 6, 2020. The deadline to register for a general election is Oct. 5.