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Tempe offers televised candidate forums to community groups

Post Date:10/21/2019 4:28 PM

Tempe, AZ – The Mayor’s seat and three Council seats are opening with terms of office beginning in July 2020. The Primary Election is March 10 and the General Election is May 19.

These will be Ballot by Mail elections, which means that every registered voter will automatically get a ballot.

As a community service, as it has in past elections, the City of Tempe will continue to offer equal opportunities for candidates to provide information to residents.


Candidate forums

Tempe 11 televises a limited number of candidate debates and forums for city elections. All candidates must be invited. Full guidelines for hosting a televised forum or debate are available at tempe.gov/election. Taping and airing of any forum or debate is done at the city’s discretion.

Beginning Nov. 1, community organizations can email nikki_ripley@tempe.gov AND greg_wolfe@tempe.gov to request a televised debate or forum to occur on one of these three city-selected dates. All will take place at the Tempe History Museum, 809 E. Southern Ave., from 6-9 p.m.:


  • Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020
  • Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020
  • Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020



The Tempe Chamber of Commerce and Arizona Republic will host a candidate forum at the Tempe History Museum on Friday, Dec. 13, from 6-9 p.m.


Televised candidate “open mic” opportunities

Tempe 11 will tape and air televised statements from certified Mayor and Council candidates. Before each Regular Council Meeting starting Jan. 16, Tempe residents can tune in to Cox Channel 11 or Century Link Channel 8012 at approximately 5 p.m. to watch candidate statements that will be taped earlier on those same days. Candidates have up to five minutes to communicate their viewpoints and there is no editing. The statements will re-air regularly on Tempe 11 until the next Regular Council Meeting, when a new batch of statements will be recorded. Statements also can be viewed anytime at tempe.gov/tempe11. To confirm what time they will air on TV, check the Tempe 11 program guide at tempe.gov/tempe11.


Certified candidates to be announced soon

Candidates for Mayor and City Council must submit the valid signatures of between 763 and 1,524 registered Tempe voters. The first day to file completed candidate paperwork was Oct. 14 and the last day to file is Nov. 8 at 5 p.m. (Filing may be done by appointment only on Nov. 11.) The names of candidates certified by the Tempe City Clerk for the ballot will be announced after all paperwork is received.

According to the Tempe City Charter, Section 7.01, the Primary Election is held to nominate or elect candidates. If there are no more than two candidates for each vacancy, the Primary Election is eliminated and the General Election is held on that date. In the case of the 2020 elections, if there are six or fewer total candidates, the General Election would take place March 10.

Questions can be directed to the City Clerk’s Office via email at  clerk@tempe.gov or 480-350-4311. Information is available at www.tempe.gov/election.


Voter registration

Register to vote by Feb. 10 for the March 10 election. Ballots will be mailed starting Feb. 12 for the March 10 election. Register to vote through the Maricopa County Elections Department at 602-506-1511 or at www.maricopa.vote.  

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