Meet our candidates, learn about ballot measures, city and town elections, school board candidates, and find resources to help you navigate the 2020 election. See our Voter Information page for answers to the most commonly asked questions, or jump to the helpful resources section of this page for reputable sources to assist you with your voter research.
In a contested Democratic primary, LD 17 does not endorse candidates.
Jennifer Pawlik, Arizona State Representative
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
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 offers. 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.
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!
U.S. House of Representatives
As per the Constitution, the U.S. House of Representatives makes and passes federal laws. The House is one of Congress’s two chambers (the other is the U.S. Senate), and part of the federal government’s legislative branch. The number of voting representatives in the House is fixed by law at no more than 435, proportionally representing the population of the 50 states. Learn More.
Congressional District 5
Of the 40 Precincts in our Legislative District, 27 are represented in the U.S. House of Representatives by CD 5.
Congressional District 9
The Precincts of: Alamo, Carla Vista, Commonwealth, Comstock, Danyell, Dublin, Geronimo, Gila, Jasper, Mission, San Marcos, Springs, and Verano are represented in the U.S. House of Representatives by CD 9.
United States Senate
Mark Kelly, U.S. Senate
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.
In a non-partisan race, candidates are not identified on the ballot with a party affiliation. Do your research to learn about which candidates align with your values.
City and Town
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. Learn More.
City of Chandler
The Mayor and City Councilmembers are elected “at large” to represent the entire City. They are not elected to represent districts or wards. The term of the office of Mayor and Councilmember is four years and is limited to two consecutive terms. Candidate elections are held in the even numbered years. Each election year, three positions for City Council are up for election. Every four years an election is held for the office of Mayor.
Town of Gilbert
The Gilbert Town Council consists of a Mayor and six Councilmembers. The Mayor and Council serve at-large, representing all citizens and serve four year terms; there are no term limits and members can be elected to consecutive terms of office. Gilbert municipal elections are 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.
Maricopa Community Colleges
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. LD 17 is represented by Districts 1 and 2.
MCCCD Candidates that align with Democratic values can be found here.
Gilbert Public Schools
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.
Ballot Initiatives are a way for the voters of Arizona to directly vote on legislation. Like a candidate seeking election, these initiatives must obtain the necessary number of valid signatures before they can be on the ballot. The Secretary of State maintains a listing of all filed initiatives, referendum, and recall applications.
Ballot Measure Analyses
All measures that qualify for the ballot have an impartial analysis prepared by the Legislature which is included in the voter information packet.
Additional Election Resources
Always take the time to do your research so you can be an informed voter. To help guard yourself against misinformation, here is a compiled list of trusted sites with valuable election research and information.
- Who has expressed interest in running for office in Arizona?
- Who has qualified for the ballot in Arizona?
- Who has expressed interest in running or qualified for the ballot in Maricopa County?
- Ballotpedia Arizona 2020 Election
- Arizona Commission on Judicial Performance Review
- U.S. House and Senate – How Often they voted with Trump
- Human Rights Campaign Scorecard
- Arizona List: Democratic Women Running for Office in Arizona
- Arizona Clean Elections
- Arizona Republic Political Coverage (subscription may be required)