Meet the Candidates

The Arizona Capitol Times and Citizens Clean Elections Commission are hosting a series of Meet the Candidates nights this week. They’re for candidates running for the state legislature (House and Senate). San Tan Valley includes parts of three legislative districts. LD 12 is teal, LD 8 is mustard yellow, LD 16 is lime green.

Legislative Districts in and near San Tan Valley, AZ

Candidate for LD 8 and 12 will speak on Tuesday, July 14 from 6-8 p.m. You can hear candidates from LD 16 on Wednesday, July 15 from 6-8 p.m. Here’s a link to where you can RSVP for the events.



The deadline to register to vote in the Arizona primary is Monday, July 6. The Secretary of State has a web site that makes it easy to register, request a mail ballot, or join the Permanent Early Voter List. Maybe you’ve already heard of it, perhaps it’s new to you. Click the button and take a look.


Happy July 4th!

This is a non-partisan event. You only have a few more days to register to vote in Arizona’s August 4 primary. It’s a great way to celebrate being U.S. citizen!


Independent Voters and the August 4 Primary

Arizona’s third largest group of voters are Independent…. or who have not chosen a political party.

“Independent voters can cast their votes on Democratic or Republican party ballots. Though, the Libertarian party has a closed primary. Independent voters who vote in person at an early voter location or on election day must notify the poll worker which party ballot they wish to vote.

Independent voters on the Permanent Early Voting List (PEVL) will need to contact their county recorder to specify which party ballot they wish to receive.” — Arizona Republic 7/1/2020

Here’s a link to more information on Arizona’s Citizens Clean Election Commission site.

There is one contested Primary election race on the Democratic ballot in San Tan Valley. It’s for the U.S. Congress, CD-04. You can view candidate presentations to our group and links to their sites on our YouTube channel. Here are links to their campaign web sites.

Delina DiSanto

Stuart Starky

There is one write-in candidate running for the Arizona House in LD 16 (in the northern part of San Tan Valley). There are instructions on her site about how to write in her name. If she receives 500 write-in votes in the Democratic Primary from LD 16, she will be on the General election ballot on Nov. 3.

Helen Hunter

Please write in her name like this if you live in Legislative District 16. Be sure you also fill in the oval.

Sample Ballot showing Helen Hunter's name written in with oval filled.
Sample Ballot showing a Write-in Vote for Helen Hunter

Helen Hunter was the featured speaker for the San Tan Valley Democrats in June. You can also see her presentation to our group on our YouTube channel.


June Meeting

Dr. Rev. Helen Hunter, a write-in candidate for the Arizona House, LD 16, is a featured speaker for the San Tan Valley Democrats, Saturday, June 20, at 10 a.m. She is a community organizer, social justice advocate, seasoned pastor, board-certified chaplain, and businesswoman. She served as President of the East Valley NAACP and on the Mesa Police Department Use of Force Committee. LD 16 includes northern San Tan Valley, east Mesa, Apache Junction, and Gold Canyon.

We will also hear from the non-partisan #InvestInEd ballot initiative and from Mission for Arizona. The speaker presentations will be shorter this month to allow for more group interaction.

To join the meeting on Zoom, which is interactive and preferred, please join our private Facebook group. You’ll see the login information there with a clickable link.

You can also watch on YouTube, which is view-only, without a login. While you’re there, please click the Subscribe button. You’ll see a notice when the meeting’s about to start this month and in the future. If you have already subscribed, “Thanks!”

Pinal County

Poll Workers Needed

Pinal County is very short-handed and needs Poll Workers to staff the polls on Election Day for the Primary and General Elections, August 4 and November 3. The county has 97 polling places where workers are required.

Workers earn $150 per election plus $50 for attending a mandatory training class. You must be registered to vote in Pinal County and willing to work long hours on election days (typically from 5:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. You must remain non-partisan while working as a poll worker.

The county has online resources where you can learn more about the rewards, requirements, and training. There’s also an on-line application form. Training typically takes place about six weeks before the election.


Take Action with PCDP

The Pinal County Democratic Party has a page listing scores of things you can do to make a difference from your home with your phone or computer. They have training, texting, virtual phone banking, almost every day and many hours of the day. Take a look, pick something, and let’s get started! Click here to see it.

(Note: you may need to change the zip code to your own.)


Statement by Pinal County NAACP

The Pinal County NAACP Branch has released the following statement.

Many have seen a flyer on social media alluding to a protest gathering in the City of Maricopa tonight June 1st at 7 PM and tomorrow June 2nd at 8 AM. The Pinal County NAACP has not been able to confirm that this is a legitimate gathering or whom the organizers are. We have seen reports of nefarious characters of ill intent who seek to sow division during these troublling times all over the county. In an effort to keep our community safe we are asking people to stay home and not participate in this event.
The NAACP is planning an event in solidarity, more details to come.
Please know we support any efforts at peaceful protest, so please be sure if you so choose to attend any protest.
1. Know who the organizers are, do your research
2. Stay safe at all times.
3. Make sure you have ID with you.
4. Know your rights
Please take care of yourselves and others.
Yours in solidarity,
Pinal County NAACP
Constance Hunsberger Jackson: President

Pinal County


Mike Goodman is the Pinal County Supervisor for District 2, which covers much of San Tan Valley. He wrote about the statewide curfew on Facebook Sunday afternoon. We’re publishing his full statement…

“I just received the following update from our Governor’s office and wanted to share. I am saddened to see what is happening across our country and my prayer is that we can move forward with love and influence positive change. In light of everything that is going on, please stay safe. More updates to come.
Governor Doug Ducey today issued a statewide Declaration of Emergency, including putting in place a curfew starting at 8:00 p.m. tonight. The curfew is in effect from 8:00 p.m. until 5:00 a.m. and shall expire on Monday, June 8, at 5:00 a.m. unless further extended. The text of the order is available here.
This order gives law enforcement an additional tool to prevent the lawlessness we’ve seen in cities here and nationwide. For that reason, exemptions under the declaration are broad, including individuals traveling directly to and from work; attending religious services; commercial trucking and delivery services; obtaining food; caring for a family member, friend, or animal; patronizing or operating private businesses; seeking medical care or fleeing dangerous circumstances; and travel for any of the above services. Today’s declaration also authorizes an expanded National Guard mobilization to protect life and property throughout the state.
Please continue to share information with our office, monitor the situation in your community carefully, and be completely mobilized and prepared. We need every member of your law enforcement prepared tonight and through this week.
Thank you.”

PEVL Campaigns

Mission Arizona

Mission Arizona is asking for our help. This week they’re focusing on LD 16 and LD 8. They sent out mail ballot applications to Democrats in our area and need some help following up with voters who may have questions. To learn more, check out our Facebook group.