Home rule

Early voting underway for mayor, 3 council seats, home rule measure in Chandler

The first ballots have been mailed for the primary election for Mayor and City Council in Chandler.

Ballots for Chandler’s Aug. 2 primary election for mayor, three council seats and a proposal for how the city can spend its money were mailed Wednesday, July 6 to voters who turned out. registered on the active early voting list.

A second round of elections would take place on November 8, if necessary.


Kevin Hartke
Ruth Jones

Mayor Kevin Hartke is seeking a second term, opposed by Ruth Jones.

Hartke, 66 and a resident of Chandler for 37 years, is an associate pastor at Trinity Christian Fellowship. He joined the city council in 2008 and served two full terms before being elected mayor in 2018.

Jones, 55, a mortgage loan officer, has lived in Chandler for two years.


Matt Orlando
Encinas Angel
Darla Gonzalez
Jane Poston
Farhana Shifa

Five candidates are vying for three seats on the Council. Council members Terry Roe and Rene Lopez, as two-term members, are appointed and must step down. Incumbent Matt Orlando is up for re-election.

Orlando, 66 and a resident of the city for 38 years, is challenged by Angel Encinas, Darla Gonzalez, Jane Poston and Farhana Shifa.

Encinas works with community members to provide legal status, employment opportunities, housing, and community services.

Gonzalez, 56 and a resident of Chandler for 18 years, is self-employed with Gonzalez Professional Services and is the local director of the Az Free Enterprise Club.

Poston, 53 and a resident of the city for 13 years, owner/partner of J2 Media and former employee of the Chandler Public Information Office.

Shifa, 46 and a resident of Chandler for 16 years, owns The Joy of Fine Arts.

Prop. 470, Home Rule

Proposition 470, the alternative option of spending restraint and autonomy, is put to voters by the city council, asking for a four-year extension of a measure that voters first approved in 1982 and which allows the council to establish the budget according to the specificities of the city. needs in general government, public safety, public works, and utilities, rather than being constrained by the state-mandated spending formula based on the 1979-80 fiscal year established by the Arizona Legislature . It wouldn’t raise taxes or allow Chandler to spend more than he receives in income.

Chandler voters have endorsed Home Rule for local budget control 10 times in a row.

If approved, Chandler estimates he would be allowed to spend approximately $766,205,118 in 2023-24 (limited to $543,443,438 if Home Rule is not approved), $734,813,629 in 2024-25 ($578,389,413 if not approved), $739,234,393 in 2025-26 ($575,701,116 if not). approved) and $745,992,632 in 2026-2027 ($587,398,668 if not approved).

If the measure fails, the revenue would still be collected, but the city would be prevented from applying it to essential functions, such as police, fire, streets, parks and libraries. This, the city says, would force it to make drastic cuts to essential services, impacting its ability to meet residents’ basic needs.

The recommended last day to return a ballot is Tuesday, July 26. Ballots can also be dropped off at polling centers or ballot boxes until 7 p.m. on Tuesday, August 2.

Chandler City Hall, 175 S. Arizona Ave., will serve as the voting center Friday, July 22 through Monday, August 1, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

On Election Day, Aug. 2, voters can vote in person or drop off a ballot from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Complete list of voting centers and ballot boxes:

Independent voters or voters not registered with a political party can participate in the primary election. They can choose which ballot to receive: the Democratic race, the Republican race, or voting on Chandler’s questions only. The city’s measures will appear on the ballot of both political parties. Independent voters can call Maricopa County Elections at 602-506-1511 to find out how to request a ballot.

Chandler primary election information:, City Clerk at 480-782-2181 or Maricopa County Elections at 602-506-1511.

Teresa R. Cabrera

The author Teresa R. Cabrera