Televised candidate forums and “open mic” opportunities start this week
Tempe, AZ – The Mayor’s seat and three Council seats are opening with terms of office beginning in July 2020. The election is March 10.
This will be Tempe’s second Ballot by Mail election, which means that every registered voter will automatically receive a ballot. Voters can return their ballots by mail, drop off their voted ballots or get replacement ballots at ballot centers in Tempe or at the Maricopa County Recorder’s Office in Phoenix or Mesa.
As a community service, as it has in past elections, the City of Tempe will offer equal opportunities for candidates to provide information to residents.
Tempe 11 televises candidate forums
Tempe 11 televises a limited number of candidate debates and forums for city elections. These opportunities were claimed on a first come first serve basis. All are taking place at the Tempe History Museum, 809 E. Southern Ave.:
- Wednesday, Jan. 15 – This forum is 6:30-8 p.m. and is hosted by Tempe Interfaith Fellowship.
- Wednesday, Jan. 29 – This forum is hosted by Arizona Youth Climate Strike and partners. It will be 6-9 p.m.
- Wednesday, Feb. 19 – This forum is hosted by North Tempe Neighborhood Association. The Council forum will be 6-7:30 p.m. and the Mayoral forum will be 7:45-9 p.m.
The forums are broadcast live on Cox Channel 11 and Century Link Channel 8012, and they are streamed live at tempe.gov/tempe11. They re-air on the channel at designated times, too – to confirm what times they will re-air on TV, check the Tempe 11 program guide at tempe.gov/tempe11.
The Tempe Chamber of Commerce and Arizona Republic also hosted a city-televised candidate forum on Dec. 13 and that video is available at tempe.gov/tempe11.
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.
Residents from several south Tempe neighborhood associations have organized a candidate forum for Monday, Feb. 3, from 5:30 to 8 p.m., at Arizona Community Church, 9325 S. Rural Road, in Building G, Room G-2. A meet and greet will be at 5:30 p.m.; candidates for Mayor will be featured at 6 p.m.; and candidates for Council will be featured at 6:45 p.m.
Register to vote by Feb. 10. 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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Tempe voters can text “Join” to 628-683 or visit http://textsignup.maricopa.vote to sign up to receive email or text alerts from Maricopa County Elections, and updates regarding the status of their ballot.