“Vote, Vote, Vote!” – Gabby Giffords

Use this page as your guide through the election process. We break down everything that will be on LD 17 voters’ ballots for this General Election season. Be an informed voter and make your voice heard. If you are looking for candidate yard signs, we have them available at our campaign office.

Important Dates

  • Voter Registration Deadline:
    Monday, October 5
  • Early Voting Centers Open:
    Wednesday, October 7
  • Deadline to Request a Ballot By Mail:
    Friday, October 23
  • Election Day:
    Tuesday, November 3
    Polls open 6am – 7pm

Plan Your Vote

Joe Biden and Barack Obama know that voting is not something you start thinking about on November 3rd. The process of determining how to vote starts early. Having a voting plan will ensure that there are no barriers to having your vote counted. Whether you’re voting by mail or voting in person, we put together some of the best ideas for how to prepare to vote. Once you have your plan, share it with your friends and family.

  1. Know your voter registration status. Check HERE to make sure are registered to vote in Arizona. If you are not registered, or you need to change your registration, the deadline is Monday, October 5.
  2. If you are on the Permanent Early Voter List (PEVL), you will receive a ballot in the mail automatically. Otherwise, sign up for the PEVL or request a one-time ballot HERE. The deadline is Friday, October 23.
  3. Sign up for the free USPS Informed Delivery Service to know what’s coming to your mailbox. Sign up HERE.
  4. Subscribe to texts and emails from the Maricopa County Recorder to see when your ballot is mailed, received, and signature verified. Sign up HERE.
  5. Return your ballot as soon as possible. Your completed ballot must be received by the elections office before November 3 in order to be counted. Don’t forget to sign, date, and provide your phone number on the envelope before mailing. If there is a problem matching your signature, you will be contacted by phone.
  6. If you did not receive your ballot in the mail by Friday, October 16, or did not get a notice that your ballot was mailed, contact the elections department at (602) 506-1511. If there is not enough time to mail another ballot, you will be able to vote in person at any early voting center using a provisional ballot.
  7. If it is too late to mail in your ballot, drop off your ballot in its signed green envolope at any vote center on or before Election Day. See times and locations HERE.
  1. Know your voter registration status. Check HERE to make sure are registered to vote in Arizona. If you are not registered, or you need to change your registration, the deadline is October 5.
  2. Find out where to vote. See times and locations HERE. Early voting begins on Wednesday, October 7
  3. Bring proper identification. Check HERE for accepted forms of ID.
  4. Be prepared to stand in line for a while. Wear comfortable clothing. Bring water and snacks. Bring a folding chair that can be carried on your back. 
  5. Do not wear clothing meant to influence the votes of others. This is considered “electioneering” and is illegal within 75 feet of the voting place.
  6. Report voter suppression tactics or civil rights violations to any of the following: 
    • Maricopa Elections Department at (602) 506-1511
    • Arizona Secretary of State HERE
    • Arizona Attorney General’s office HERE

Arizona Legislative Candidates

The Arizona State Legislature, which makes laws in Arizona, is a bicameral body made up of the House of Representatives and the Senate. Republicans currently hold a slim majority in both of these chambers. By adding more Democrats to the legislature, legislation that would otherwise never be brought to the floor will have the opportunity to receive a vote.


Jennifer Pawlik, Arizona State House of Representatives, LD 17

Jennifer is a native Arizonan and attended Arizona schools from kindergarten through college. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Northern Arizona University, and then earned a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction. She has taught for twenty years, nine of which were in the Chandler Unified School District. Jennifer teaches undergraduate students in the College of Education at Northern Arizona University, Chandler-Gilbert Community College campus.


Ajlan “AJ” Kurdoglu, Arizona State Senate, LD 17

Ajlan is a first-generation American. He has an immense love for our country and our state. He cherishes the freedoms, opportunities, and quality of life our great country and Arizona offer. As an Arizonan, he believes every one of us should have access to a great education, to a great health care system, and to thriving communities.

Maricopa County Candidates


The Maricopa County Democratic Party (MCDP) maintains an extensive list of candidates running for county-wide offices. Candidate biographic information and links to their respective websites are available as well. This listing includes candidates for Corporation Commission, Supervisor, County Attorney, Sheriff, Superintendent, and more!

United States Legislative Candidates

The U.S. Legislative Branch (also known as the U.S. Congress) is made up of two chambers: The House of Representatives and the Senate. Congress has 535 voting members: 435 Representatives and 100 Senators. Democrats currently have a majority in the House of Representatives, while Republicans have a majority in the Senate.

All Arizonans vote for the same Senators, but your location in Legislative District 17 determines which Representative will appear on your ballot. LD 17 contains portions of Congressional Districts 5 and 9.


Joan Greene, U.S. House of Representatives, AZ Congressional District 5

Joan Greene has owned and operated a promotional marketing company whose clients have included nonprofits and billion dollar corporations. Joan knows how to work with all kinds of people, and she wants to bring a pragmatic, solutions-oriented leadership approach to Washington D.C.


Greg Stanton, U.S. House of Representatives, AZ Congressional District 9

Congressman Greg Stanton has developed a reputation in Congress for working across the aisle and being a tireless advocate for Arizona who knows the issues of his state, especially those of Congressional District 9, inside and out.


Mark Kelly, U.S. Senate, AZ

Captain Mark Kelly is a retired U.S. Navy combat pilot, engineer, and NASA astronaut. He lives in Tucson with his wife, former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords.

Ballot Measures

Ballot Initiatives are a way for Arizona voters to directly decide on legislation. Like a candidate seeking election, these initiatives must obtain the necessary number of valid signatures before they can be on the ballot. This election, two statewide initiatives met that standard. Additionally, there is one ballot initiative that only applies to voters in Maricopa County.

All statewide measures that qualify for the ballot have an impartial analysis prepared by the Legislature which is included in the voter information packet.

Legalizes, regulates, and taxes marijuana.

  • “yes” vote supports this ballot initiative to legalize the possession and use of marijuana for persons who are at least 21 years old, enact a tax on marijuana sales, and require the state Department of Health and Human Services to develop rules to regulate marijuana businesses
  • “no” vote opposes this ballot initiative, thus keeping the recreational possession and use of marijuana illegal under state law in Arizona.

Supports:

Opposes:

Increases the tax on incomes exceeding $250,000 for teacher salaries and schools.

  • “yes” vote supports this ballot initiative to:
    • enact a 3.50% income tax, in addition to the existing income tax (4.50% in 2020), on income above $250,000 (single filing) or $500,000 (joint filing) and 
    • distribute the revenue from the 3.50% income tax to teacher and classroom support staff salaries, teacher mentoring and retention programs, career and technical education programs, and the Arizona Teachers Academy.
  • “no” vote opposes this ballot initiative, thus keeping the highest income tax rate at 4.50% (in 2020) on income above $159,000 (single filing) or $318,000 (joint filing).

Supports:

  • Greg Stanton (D) – U.S. Representative
  • Kathy Hoffman (D) – Superintendent of Public Instruction
  • Jennifer Pawlik (D) – State Representative
  • Arizona AFL-CIO
  • Arizona Center for Economic Progress
  • Arizona Education Association
  • Arizona Interfaith Network
  • Children’s Action Alliance
  • Stand for Children, Inc
  • See more supporters HERE

Opposes:

  • Doug Ducey, Governor of AZ
  • Commercial Real Estate Development Association, Arizona Chapter

Continues to fund the Maricopa County Special Health Care District for another 20 years. This includes a public teaching hospital, the Arizona Burn Center, three behavioral health hospitals, 12 family health centers, the McDowell Healthcare Center, and the Arizona Children’s Center.

Valleywise Health (formerly known as Maricopa Integrated Health System) is Arizona’s only public teaching health system and serves the needs of anyone who comes through its doors. Its mission is to “provide exceptional care, without exception, to every patient, every time.” 

More than 65% of Valleywise patients are uninsured, underinsured, or covered by AHCCCS, Arizona’s Medicaid program, or Federal Emergency Services.  Annually, Valleywise serves nearly 400,000 patients with its staff of nearly 3,700 medical and healthcare professionals.    

  • A “yes” vote will have the effect of continuation of the levy of a secondary property tax for the benefit of the Maricopa County Special Health Care District – which includes the public teaching hospital, the Arizona Burn Center, three behavioral health hospitals and 12 family health centers — for a period not to exceed twenty years, which tax is estimated at $38 per year on a home assessed at $200,000.          
  • A “no” vote will have the effect of not approving the continuation of the levy of a secondary property tax for the benefit of the Maricopa County Special Health Care District, which tax will expire without voter approval before August 2025.

Supports:

  • US Senator Kyrsten Sinema
  • Rep. Ruben Gallego
  • Maricopa County Sheriff Paul Penzone
  • Corey Woods, Mayor of Tempe
  • John Giles, Mayor of Mesa
  • Kate Gallego, Mayor of Phoenix
  • Jason Schecterle, former Phoenix police officer who suffered burns to over 40% of his body after his patrol car was rear-ended at over 100 mph and burst into flames.

Opposes:

  • Arizona Free Enterprise Club

Municipal Candidates (Non-Partisan)

Legislative District 17 contains the majority of the City of Chandler, parts of the Town of Gilbert, and all of Sun Lakes, which is a census designated place (CDP).

Municipalities generally take responsibility for parks and recreation services, police and fire departments, housing services, emergency medical services, municipal courts, transportation services (including public transportation), and public works (streets, sewers, snow removal, signage, and so forth). Our elected representatives ensure that staff carries out these functions effectively and are held accountable by voters.

The City of Chandler City Council race was decided in the August 4th Primary Election and will not appear on the ballot for the General Election.

The Council seats for Town of Gilbert were decided in the August 4th Primary Election. The results can be found HERE.

The Mayoral race is heading for a runoff.

School Boards (Non-Partisan)

Governing board members are elected, unpaid volunteers. They are responsible for approving curriculum, setting the direction, establishing the structure, providing support, ensuring fiscal accountability, selecting the Superintendent for the district, and much more.

Save Our Schools AZ compiled a comprehensive list of school board candidates that they recommend supporting.

School board candidates that earned their support have pledged to:

  • Publicly acknowledge their role as an advocate for public education beyond school board meetings to parents, community leaders and state policymakers
  • Publicly advocate for a permanent, dedicated funding stream for public education made up of new dollars from the General Fund
  • Publicly resolve or affirm any public resolution, if it becomes available to school boards, opposing any expansion of ESA private school vouchers
  • Publicly oppose the diversion of any portion of their district’s funding to privatization schemes, including (but not limited to) charter co-location or microschool vouchers
  • Support the reopening of schools (save for a highly selective group of students with verified special needs) only when Arizona meets specific scientific benchmarks for COVID-19, such as those published by the World Health Organization

The Maricopa County Community College District’s Governing Board has seven seats, including five elected positions from geographical districts within Maricopa County and two at-large positions representing the entire county. Board members serve staggered four-year terms. The majority of LD 17 is represented by District 1. The San Pedro and Fiesta Ranch precincts are represented by District 2.

MCDP maintains a list of candidates that align with Democratic values.

The five CUSD Governing Board members are elected by the voters of the Chandler Unified School District. They work to maintain high levels of excellence in education.

NOTE: Sharon Tuttle is running as a write-in candidate. In order to cast a vote for her, you will need to write her name EXACTLY as Sharon Tuttle. Misspelled or abbreviated names will not count.

CUSD Candidates.
SanTan Sun News Article

The Board is authorized under the laws of the state of Arizona to adopt all needed policies and regulations for the organization, evaluation, and governance in the District. The Board shall act as the general agent of the state of Arizona in carrying out the will of the people of this District in the matter of public education.

This election cycle, the GPS School Board race is uncontested. Incumbent Reed Carr, incumbent Lori Wood, and incumbent Sheila Rogers Uggetti were elected without opposition to three at-large seats on the Gilbert Public Schools Governing Board. Their names will not appear on the general election ballot.

GPS Candidates.
Gilbert Sun News Article

The five Board members are elected by the voters of the district and serve a four-year term without pay. Each January, the Board selects a president and clerk to serve for the calendar year.

Kiana Sears is running for reelection to the Mesa School Board.

MPS Candidates
East Vally Tribune Article

Judges (Non-Partisan)

The Arizona Commission on Judicial Performance Review lists judicial performance reviews for all of the judges that will be on the ballot. These are ratings done by other lawyers.

In addition, the website Civic Engagement Beyond Voting has done extensive research on these judges, including data from the previously mentioned Judicial Performance Review, The Federalist Society, The Robing Room, DM Cantor, public financial statements, and news sources including the Arizona Republic, Twitter, and Facebook.

Election 2020 Videos

Watch these videos to learn more about voting in the general election, ballot initiatives, our LD 17 Democratic candidates, and other candidates on the ballot this year.

AJ Kurdoglu for State Senate

As a small business owner and first-generation American, I found my American dream in Arizona. In the State Senate, I’ll work together across party lines to support the local businesses that power our economy and fully fund our schools.

Geplaatst door AJ for Arizona op Zaterdag 29 augustus 2020
Town Hall with AJ and Jennifer

Geplaatst door Steve Weichert op Vrijdag 21 augustus 2020

Additional Election Resources

Always take the time to do your research so you can be an informed voter. Here is a list of more trusted sites with valuable election research and information.