[COLUMN] The last thing Arizona needs is partisan city elections

 Arizona’s House Bill 2032 isn’t about transparency or voter education. It’s about killing the last independent decision-making power cities have.

By Joanna Allhands | The Arizona Republic

(Editor’s note: Opinion pieces are published for discussions purposes only.)

An Arizona lawmaker wants to force city leaders to choose sides.

Because, apparently, we need even more of that in local politics.

State Rep. Jay Lawrence, R-Scottsdale, is proposing a bill that would require cities and towns to print the political party of candidates next to their names on ballots.

Mayor and city council elections are currently nonpartisan in Arizona, and apparently, Lawrence thinks that allows candidates to bamboozle voters.

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