2024 Primary Election

The Primary Election will be held on Tuesday, July 30, 2024. 

House Bill 2785 is emergency legislation, effective on February 9, 2024, that moves up the Primary Election from August 6, 2024 to July 30, 2024 to avoid missing federal deadlines to send ballots to military and overseas voters and for the State of Arizona to send its votes to the electoral college for President of the United States. The new 2024 Primary Election date of July 30, 2024 also moves up candidate and voter deadlines. 

CANDIDATE INFORMATION

As a candidate, you must submit a Statement of Interest prior to collecting any nomination petition signatures to the Tolleson City Clerk's Office at tolleson.cityclerk@tolleson.az.gov. Any nomination petition signatures collected before the date you submit the Statement of Interest are invalid and may be subject to challenge pursuant to A.R.S. § 16-351.

A.   Pursuant to A.R.S. § 16-311, the following three properly executed forms must be submitted to the City Clerk for the official filing of your candidacy no earlier than Saturday, March 2, 2024 (no more than 150 days before the Primary Election) and no later than Monday, April 1, 2024 by 5:00 P.M. (not less than 120 days before the Primary Election):

  1. Nonpartisan Nomination Petitions containing no less than 41 signatures and no more than 82 signatures.  Qualified electors entitled to sign nomination petitions are those who are qualified to vote and must reside in the City of Tolleson. Please keep in mind that many residents in Phoenix may have a Tolleson mailing address, but they do not reside in Tolleson. Refer to A.R.S. § 16-321 for completion of petitions.
  2. The NonpartisanCandidate Nomination Paper - Declaration of Qualification declaring, under penalty of perjury, that the candidate has no final, outstanding judgments of an aggregate of $1,000 or more that arose from failure to comply with or enforcement of campaign finance law.
  3. The Public Officer and Candidate Financial Disclosure Statement relating to the employment, business, property and investment interests, debt, gifts and finances of that officer/candidate and the officer candidate’s household. Financial disclosure for elected officials is governed by Tolleson City Code and Arizona Revised Statutes, and it is prescribed by the Secretary of State.

B.   As a candidate, you must file a Committee Statement of Organization within 10 days of receiving contributions or making expenditures, in any combination, of at least $500; so the Committee Statement of Organization may not be required at the time of candidate filing but is based on when the candidate reaches the monetary threshold. For example, if a candidate receives $300 and spends $200, the total amount is $500; and the candidate is required to register as a committee. Any total combination of contributions or expenditures that remains below $500 does not trigger committee registration. This includes the personal money of a candidate! The $500 threshold only applies to city and town candidates. A candidate may only have one committee in existence for the same office during the same election cycle. Political action committees and candidates in nonmunicipal races must continue to meet a $1,400 threshold before committee registration is triggered ($1,500 on January 1, 2025). Once registration is triggered, campaign finance reporting is required. For additional requirements and restrictions refer to A.R.S. § 16-905.

Any candidate receiving a majority of all votes cast at the Primary Election will be declared elected without running at the General Election.  

OFFICES TO BE FILLED

Mayor and 3 Council Seats (At-Large): Term of Office – December 10, 2024 to December 12, 2028 

Incumbents: 

Mayor                                     Juan F. Rodriguez

Council Members              Lupe Bandin

                                                  Adolfo F. Gámez 

                                                  Cruzita Mendoza  

CANDIDATE QUALIFICATIONS

To qualify as a candidate, an individual must meet the following requirements:

  1. Must be 18 years of age or over at the time of filing their nomination papers.
  1. Must be able to speak, write and read the English language.
  1. Must be a qualified and registered elector at the time of filing their nomination papers.
  1. Must have resided in the City of Tolleson limits or a recently annexed area for a minimum of one year prior to the date of the election. Please keep in mind, due to the post office, many residents in Phoenix may have a Tolleson mailing address, but they do not reside in Tolleson. Please refer to the Tolleson Boundary Map. This one-year residency requirement also permits persons living in an area that is annexed to the City less than one year prior to the election to qualify as a candidate if they meet all other requirements for candidates. To meet all other requirements, such candidates must still have resided for one year prior to the election in the area which was subsequently annexed. 
  1. Must not be convicted of a felony, unless civil rights have been restored.

2024 STATEMENT OF INTEREST FORMS

Mayor - Juan F. Rodriguez

Voter Registration Deadline: Monday, July 1, 2024 

Last Day to Request an Early Ballot: Friday, July 19, 2024 

Call of Election Notice

For election resources and voter information, please contact the Elections Department of the Maricopa County Recorder’s Office at (602) 506-1511 or visit the website at http://www.elections.maricopa.gov/.