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Arizona Bill Would Draw Party Lines Where None Exist Mdash Local Elections

Tue, Dec 26, 2017

AZ Legislature

For politicians vying for city office in Arizona, there's a go-to line when people ask what political party they belong to: "There isn't a Democrat or Republican way to fix a pothole." Elections for mayor or city council in most of the state's 91 cities and towns are officially nonpartisan — no political party designations appear on the ballot. And many local candidates, often those who repeat the pothole line, would like it to stay that way. But a Republican state lawmaker has proposed legislation to upend that status quo by making city and town races partisan affairs.

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