Schoolboard Election Forms



Thinking about being a School Board Member?

School board members are elected by voters within the school district. School board elections are part of the general election in even-numbered years.

Board policies and goals establish the structure and create the environment for ensuring that the needs of all students are met. The board provides support to its organization by ensuring that resources available are aligned to meet established goals and provide for the needs of all student.


For a more detail breakdown of school districts by address, click the link below:


Be elected by the voters in the district or be appointed by the county superintendent of schools.

Reside within the legal boundaries of the school district and have lived in the district for a least one year immediately preceding the day of election.

Be a registered voter.

Board members cannot be, or have a spouse or dependent who is, an employee of the district when assuming office or during the term of office.

Board members cannot serve simultaneously on more that one school district governing board.

The position is unpaid.



Eligibility to run, any registered voter that resides within the legal boundaries of the school district and has done so at least one year immediately preceding the day of election may run for school board.



Pick up or request an information packet for your county superintendent of schools.

File a statement of organization for political committee with your county election department or county superintendent of school once you have reached a combined total of $1,200 in contributions and expenses.

Collect signature (you can collect signatures without filing a political committee statement of organization).

File your signature pages with the county superintendent of schools between the identified candidate filing period.

Run your campaign

Nominating petitions are required for those running for school board. Candidates can gather signatures without forming a pollical committee.



Attend all regularly scheduled Board meetings insofar as possible and become informed concerning the issues to be considered at those meetings.

Recognize that a board member should endeavor to make policy decision only after full discussion at publicly held Board meeting.

Render all decisions based on the available facts and my independent judgment and refuse to surrender that judgment to individuals or special interest groups.

Encourage the free expression of opinion by all Board members, and seek systematic communications between the Board and students, staff, and all elements of the community.

Work with other Board members to establish effective Board policies and to delegate authority for the administration of the school to the Superintendent.

Communicate to other board members and the Superintendent expression of public reaction to Board policies and school programs.

Inform oneself about current educational issues by individual study and through participation in programs providing needed information, such as those sponsored by my state and national school boards association.

Support the employment of those persons best qualified to serve as school staff and insist on a regular and impartial evaluation of all staff.

Avoid being placed in a position of conflict of interest, and refrain from using my Board position for personal or partisan gain.

Take no private action that will compromise the Board or administration and respect the confidentiality of information that is privileged under applicable law.

Remember always that my first and greatest concern must be in the educational welfare of the students attending the public schools.


Effective August 27, 2019, certain aspiring candidates seeking a primary election nomination or nomination other than by primary, including for federal, statewide, and legislative office, must file a Statement of Interest with the appropriate filing officer no later than the date of the first nomination petition signature. A.R.S. § 16-311(H); A.R.S. § 16-341(I). Signatures collected before the filing of the Statement of Interest are subject to challenge. A.R.S. § 16-351. All candidates are required to file a “Statement of Interest” for the office they may seek. This is the first document to be filed with the filing officer. 


Gila County School Superintendent

Election Officer: Cindy Fisher-Smith

1400 E. Ash Street

Globe, AZ 85501

Phone: (928) 402-8783

Monday – Friday

8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.





The candidate filing period begins Saturday, June 11, 2022 at 8:00 AM and ends Monday, July 11, 2022 at 5:00 PM. Candidates (or their representatives) must present ALL the necessary paperwork at one time. The filing location is the Office of the Gila County School Superintendent, 1400 E. Ash Street, Globe, AZ 85501. Candidates must file all required documents on time, or their names WILL NOT appear on the ballot. In addition to the required paperwork, candidates may submit a 500-word statement and candidate photograph to appear on the Gila County School Superintendent’s website. The Gila County School Superintendent’s office is open Monday – Friday; 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

A.R.S § 16-311. Nomination papers; statement of interest; filing; definitions

Filing a Statement of Interest indicates that a person is collecting petition signatures for a possible nomination. However, it is not a formal declaration of candidacy – filing a nomination paper is the formal declaration of candidacy. Filing a Statement of Interest also does not mean that a candidate will appear on the ballot for an election. To appear on the ballot, a candidate must submit valid nomination documents (including a nomination paper and enough petition signatures) by the applicable deadline and successfully defend against any nomination challenge filed in court.


Statement of Interest – Due January 2, 2022 through June 10, 2022


  • Name
  • Office/Board you are interested in running for
  • Signature
  • Residential Address
  • Mailing Address, if applicable
  • Phone Number
  • Email Address


Nonpartisan Nomination Paper, Declaration of Qualification – Due 7/11/2022

 Candidates must sign this

  • A candidate’s name must be written exactly how he or she would like it to be printed on the Nicknames are permissible if they do not suggest a title.


Candidate Contact Form – Due 7/11/2022
    • Candidates contact information must be provided.
    • Candidate must sign this form.
Nonpartisan Nomination Petitions – Due 7/11/2022


  • Nomination Petition Form must now be on 8-½” x 11” and contains only 10 signature
  • A photograph of the candidate may appear on the Nonpartisan Nomination
  • Candidate must file at least the minimum number of signatures required for the office If there are too few signatures, the Gila County School Superintendent’s Office will not accept the nominating petitions.
  • Check to see that the circulator portion on the back of each petition page is
  • Check the front of each petition for completeness of the following: the proper designation of office sought; is there a signature and complete date for each signer; is there a residence address, Arizona post office box, or description of actual residence for each signer?
  • Candidates for Two (2) Year Terms MUST designate the term expiration date following the name of the office on the petitions prior to gathering signatures, as well as on the nomination papers.


Click ELECTIONS TAB on the superintendent’s page, for the;

  • Elections Handbook
  • Statement of Interest Form
  • Declaration of Qualifications
  • Contact Form
  • Nomination Petition Forms