Sign Candidate Nominating Petitions
With E-Qual, it’s never been easier to get your favorite candidate on the ballot. It’s simple to use, secure, and convenient. You can sign petitions for all of the candidates listed below, except for school board. Reach out to school board candidates directly to see how to sign their petitions.
AZ Legislature (LD13)
Brandy Reese, a forensic scientist and education advocate, has a solid background in analyzing physical evidence from crime scenes. With a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from the University of Oklahoma, she spent 14 years working in a laboratory and providing expert testimony in courtrooms. Her professional experience underscores her commitment to justice and factual accuracy. Now residing in Arizona, Brandy is focused on advocating for equal educational opportunities, a cornerstone of her campaign. She is running for office with the goal of ensuring a level educational playing field for all.
Shante Saulsberry, a business owner and founder of a nonprofit supporting victims of domestic violence and homelessness, is a candidate for the Arizona State House of Representatives in LD13. Her nonprofit is funded through a thrift store. With a background in Business Administration and legal expertise, Saulsberry was involved in the passage of ‘HB2604’, a bill related to abuse issues, in Arizona in April 2022. Her campaign is centered on advocating for affordable housing, healthcare, and equitable education in Arizona.
In Maricopa County, both the Sheriff and Board of Supervisors positions are contested races, meaning Democratic voters may choose to sign for only one candidate in each race. Meanwhile, all other Democrats running at the county level are running uncontested races. Please learn about the candidate before signing their petitions.
Tyler has over two decades in law enforcement and a Bachelor’s of Science in Administration of Justice from ASU. His career includes roles such as Shift Commander, Gang Enforcement Sergeant, and Homicide Detective with the Phoenix Police Department. Tyler has led organized crime investigations and enhanced interagency collaboration. He’s also engaged in community policing initiatives like “Operation Guardian” for gang intervention. Internationally, Tyler served in West Africa, developing strategies against human trafficking and establishing a task force at Kotoka International Airport. Additionally, he’s involved in humanitarian efforts and serves as Director of Executive Protection for Thrive Service Group Inc, focusing on poverty eradication. Tyler, married with four children, is active in his local church. His candidacy emphasizes innovative crime-fighting, ethical leadership, and community commitment.
Russ Skinner has worked in the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office for over 33 years and served as interim sheriff since Penzone’s departure. He was recently appointed by the Board of Supervisors as the new Maricopa County Sheriff, serving through November.
Tamika Wooten, with over 30 years in law, is running for Maricopa County Attorney. She’s been a Chief Prosecutor, defense attorney, and Judge Pro Tem across Maricopa County. Advocating for a just system, reproductive rights, and community impact, Tamika aims for an equitable justice system for all. She emphasizes her unique blend of legal experience, compassion, and judicial wisdom as foundational for her candidacy.
Tim Stringham, an Arizona native and ASU graduate, is running for Maricopa County Recorder. A veteran of both the Army and Navy, he served in Afghanistan and as an attorney in the Navy Judge Advocate General’s Corps, focusing on the rule of law in Africa and the Middle East. Stringham emphasizes the importance of democracy and integrity in elections, advocating for fair and transparent vote counting. His campaign is centered on protecting the right to vote and opposing election-related misconduct. If elected, he plans to ensure convenient, secure voting and accurate vote tallying. Stringham, who continues to serve in the Naval Reserve, has a legal background from Notre Dame Law School, facilitated by the Post 9/11 GI Bill.
Dr. Laura Metcalfe is an educator who came from industry to make a significant difference in education. She is passionate about supporting learning and achievement for all kids, families, the public school system, and communities.
Laura holds 27 years of responsible education experience, starting as a high school teacher to a district-level administrator. She has also worked in the Maricopa County Superintendent of Schools Office as a leader supporting all levels of schools within Maricopa County. Laura earned a Doctorate degree in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University, and she is certified in Arizona as a school superintendent.
Greg Freeman, a Phoenix native with a background in Math and Computer Science from the Colorado School of Mines, has over a decade of experience in the real estate industry, working in various roles including escrow officer and commercial property manager. He actively participates in community development, serving on zoning commissions and as a board member of local alliances and foundations. Greg is also involved with the Phoenix Police Department Business Initiative. His campaign for Maricopa County Assessor focuses on addressing the housing shortage and homelessness, advocating for affordable housing solutions, and supporting senior residents. He aims to ensure equitable tax contributions from investment corporations and rental companies, promoting neighborhood prosperity and opportunities for homeownership and renting in Maricopa County.
Joel Navarro, a third-generation Arizonan from Tempe, has a long-standing commitment to public safety, serving as a firefighter/paramedic since 1995 and currently as Deputy Chief overseeing Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport Fire District. He has managed various departments within Phoenix Fire, including Special Operations and Emergency Medical Services. Elected to the Tempe City Council in 2008 and re-elected thrice, Joel focuses on issues like public safety, housing, and mental health. He has held positions with the Maricopa Association of Governments, National League of Cities, and other national organizations, emphasizing public safety and opioid response. Joel’s educational background includes a Bachelor of Science in Advertising Design and a Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education. He has also been involved in coaching various youth sports.
Baj, an Electronics Engineering graduate from Bombay University, has over 25 years of experience in engineering and program management across public and private sectors. His career includes significant roles in government projects and corporate management consulting. Baj’s work emphasizes environmental justice, forest conservation (planting over 3,000 trees), water conservation, and grassroots servant leadership. Running for county election, he advocates for small businesses, job growth, economic development, and social equity. His focus areas include safer communities, improved education, housing, and healthcare. Baj aligns with Democratic values, aiming to advance policies for environmental justice, job expansion, and workplace fairness.
Ylenia Aguilar, with a B.A. in Latin American Studies from the University of Arizona, is the Business Development Manager at Gybe, focusing on water analytics for watershed health. Committed to environmental sustainability, she serves on the Osborn School District Governing Board, Vitalyst Health Foundation Board of Trustees, and HECHO Advisory Council. Influenced by her father’s conservation ethos, Aguilar is passionate about outdoor activities. Her sons are pursuing environmental sciences and international baccalaureate studies.
Jonathon Hill, a candidate for the AZ Corporation Commission, has a background in Aerospace Engineering, Geological Sciences, and Russian from Arizona State University. His PhD focused on studying Martian salt deposits. For 17 years, he worked at the ASU Mars Space Flight Facility, operating instruments on NASA’s Mars missions and supporting missions like OSIRIS-REx and the Clipper mission to Europa. Hill is running for the Corporation Commission to leverage his technical expertise in regulating Arizona’s utilities.
Joshua Polacheck, who grew up in the rural West and spent his middle and high school years in Tucson, has a background in the U.S. Department of State as a Foreign Service Officer for nearly two decades. His international assignments included Mosul, Pakistan, Lebanon, Zimbabwe, and the Dominican Republic. Returning to Arizona in 2018 to care for his father, Joshua has since been involved in local advocacy, focusing on practical solutions for Arizona families. He is running to secure Arizona’s future, emphasizing the need for immediate action.
For a full list of candidates running for the U.S. Senate, see the Statements of Interest Forms
Ruben Gallego is running for Senate with a focus on creating equal opportunities for working families in Arizona. As the son of immigrants, he grew up in a low-income household and worked multiple jobs to support his family and fund his education at Harvard University. His experience as a Marine Corps infantryman in Iraq, where he faced significant combat and losses, deeply impacted him and led to his book “They Called Us ‘Lucky’.” Post-military, Gallego entered public service, advocating for veterans and working families in Arizona. In Congress, he has been a key figure in national security, serving as the highest-ranking Latino on the House Armed Services Committee and Chairman of the Intelligence and Special Operations Subcommittee. He has been instrumental in authoring budgets for these areas. Gallego’s campaign emphasizes bridging the gap for families striving for the American Dream, addressing disparities created by powerful entities in Washington and Wall Street.
As a former Mayor of Phoenix, Greg knows how to get things done and has worked tirelessly to improve the lives of his constituents.
Congressman Stanton flies home every weekend to work in his district.
There is simply too much work to be done to take any time out of serving the folks who put their trust in him.
Katrina, a Congressional candidate with a blue-collar background from Chicago, emphasizes support for middle America and small businesses in her campaign. Raised in a carpenter’s family, she gained practical skills in construction and later pursued a cosmetology license through trade school. Her work experience in a corporate setting and at a salon helped develop her customer service, leadership, and organizational skills. Her political activism focuses on affordable healthcare, quality education, economic reform, and climate action. Following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Katrina actively supported refugees and advocated on Capitol Hill. She aims to represent everyday families and challenge policies favoring the top 1%, positioning herself against special interest lobbyists.
School Board Candidates
The Chandler Unified School District Governing Board race is non-partisan. Of the candidates running, 1 has joined our meetings and has given us their campaign information. School board candidates do not have petitions to sign on E-Qual. To sign a petition, contact the candidate or attend one of our monthly meetings, where candidates often have petitions.
Zeyna, with a Graduate Degree in Elementary Education from Arizona State University and a decade of teaching experience, is a candidate for the Chandler Unified Governing Board. Her background includes a Business Administration degree from the University of Kansas and experience in her family’s retail business. Zeyna’s focus includes analyzing and improving graduation rates, maintaining educational excellence, and collaborating with the Chandler City Council and Chamber of Commerce. Her commitment to education is reinforced by her roles as a parent, special education para-educator, substitute teacher, and community volunteer within the Chandler Unified School District.
Chandler City Council
The Chandler City Council race is non-partisan, with 9 people running for the 3 open seats. Of the 9 candidates, 3 of them have been guest speakers at our general meetings and have shared their campaign information. Visit their campaign pages for more information and sign their petitions at https://apps.azsos.gov/equal/