City elections remain non-partisan

Bill was an attempt to purge ‘liberals’

By Dustin Gardiner | The Republic

An Arizona lawmaker’s effort to make elections for city and town offices partisan contests received swift rejection Wednesday by a committee in the state House of Representatives.

Members of the House Committee on Local and International Affairs voted 5-2 to kill the legislation, which would have affected elections for mayor and city council. The vast majority of the state’s 91 cities and towns hold nonpartisan elections — Republican, Democrat and other political party designations do not appear on the ballot.

Rep. Jay Lawrence, R-Scottsdale, introduced House Bill 2032, which would have required all cities and towns to print a candidate’s party affiliation next to his or her name.

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