Governing Board elections and candidate information

Information for individuals who wish to be candidates for a school district governing board

School Governing Board Qualifications

Pursuant to ARS 15-421 (C), a person is eligible to run for a school governing board seat in Arizona when they meet the following qualifications:

  • Registered voter in the state of Arizona
  • Resident of the school district for at least one year immediately preceding the day of election

School governing board members cannot be an employee of the school district or be a spouse of a school district employee, including a person who directly provides certified or classified services to the school district as an employee of a third-party contractor.

Statement of Interest

According to ARS 16-311 (H), candidates must file a 2022 Statement of Interest Form with the Yuma County School Superintendent's Office before collecting nomination petition signatures.

CLICK HERE to view statement of interest filings for the 2022 election.

Statements of Organization (Campaign Finance)

• Must be filed ONLY when a candidate receives contributions OR makes expenditures – in any combination – of at least $1,300 for the 2022 General Election Cycle.
• Candidates who will NOT reach the $1,300 threshold are NOT required to file a Statement of Organization.
• If a candidate reaches the threshold, the Statement of Organization must be filed with the Yuma County Elections Department located at 197 S Main Street, Yuma.

More information regarding Campaign Finance can be found on the Yuma County Website


Filing Petition Signatures

The candidate filing period for the November 8, 2022 election begins Monday, June 13, 2022 at 8:00 a.m. and closes Monday, July 11, 2022 at 5:00 p.m.  The filing location is the Yuma County School Superintendent’s Office located at 210 S. 1st Avenue, Yuma, AZ 85364. Candidates must file all required documents on time or their names WILL NOT appear on the ballot.

Candidates must file the following original documents with our office in order for their name to appear on the ballot:

2022 Nonpartisan Petition Signature Requirements


Candidate Withdrawal

School Board candidates who decide to have their name removed from the ballot must submit a notarized Statement of Withdrawal to the Yuma County School Superintendent's Office.

  • Once a candidacy is withdrawn, if the candidate has registered a campaign committee, the committee is required to continue filing campaign finance reports until/unless the committee is terminated.
  • Candidates who withdraw their name from the ballot cannot run as a write-in candidate for the same office.


Cancellation of School Governing Board Election

If only one or no candidate files qualified nomination papers for a school district governing board member position by 5:00 PM on July 25,2022, our office will recommend cancellation of the election to the Yuma County Board of Supervisors (BOS).

Under these circumstances, the candidate who has filed in a timely and appropriate manner may be appointed as if elected by the BOS to fill the school district’s governing board position (ARS 15-424 (D)). If no candidate files and the BOS opts to cancel the election, the vacancy shall be filled through the appointment process conducted by the County School Superintendent (ARS 15-424 (D) and 15-302).


Candidate Statements

Pursuant to ARS 15-421 (F), each candidate whose name has been certified to appear on the election ballot/write-in list may submit the following:

1.  A recent photograph.

2.  A typewritten or electronic statement, not to exceed 500 words.

3. A disclosure of any relationships by affinity, by consanguinity or by law to the third degree that exist between the candidate and any current governing board members or other candidates for election to the same governing board.

Certified Candidates may begin submitting the information described above NO EARLIER THAN Monday, June 13, 2022 and NO LATER THAN 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 21, 2022.

A signed hard copy of the candidate's statement can be delivered to our office or may be sent via email to from the candidate's email address on file with the Yuma County School Superintendent's Office.



Click a School District for Candidates' Statements


for additional information, visit the Arizona school boards association website: