Chandler Vice Mayor Kevin Hartke announced he will run for mayor in 2018 as Jay Tibshraeny reaches the mayoral term limit.
The coming year could bring plenty of political change to the Southeast Valley city. Tibshraeny has been mayor since the mid-1990s, apart from an eight-year stint in the state Senate. Three Chandler City Council seats will be on the ballot and a fourth council member plans to resign to run for the state Legislature.
Hartke, who has twice served as vice mayor, has reached the two-term limit on the council.
“It’s a natural fit for me,” Hartke told The Arizona Republic of his bid for mayor.
Hartke said he would seek to attract quality jobs and encourage people who have those jobs to live and stay in Chandler.
Hartke, who is lead pastor at Trinity Christian Fellowship in Chandler, is a member of the Maricopa Association of Governments and Regional Transportation Authority where he serves on the human services, economic and transportation boards.
“I really love my city of Chandler and I consider it an honor to serve it,” he said.
Along with the mayoral race, council seats held by Hartke, Terry Roe and Rene Lopez will be up for grabs. The latter two both plan to seek re-election.
Chandler will hold a primary election on Aug. 28 and, if necessary, a runoff election on Nov. 6.
Formal candidate packets for those interested in the open mayor and council seats will be available in November “but interested citizens can contact the City Clerk’s Office to get information on how to begin circulating petitions now,” Chandler spokeswoman Stephanie Romero said.
Petitions can be filed with the City Clerk April 30 through May 30.
Councilwoman Nora Ellen, whose term ends in 2021, also plans to run for state representative in Legislative District 17 next year. She will have to resign once she turns in signatures in May. The council would then need to appoint a replacement to serve out the rest of her term.
Tibshraeny did not respond to The Republic’s request for comment on his plans.
MacDonald-Evoy, J. (2017, October 10). Kevin Hartke will run for Chandler mayor in 2018. The Republic. Retrieved from http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/chandler/2017/10/10/kevin-hartke-run-chandler-mayor-2018/737500001/