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Mayor, city council races near starting line in West Valley

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Avondale Mayor Kenneth Weise has filed a statement of interest, the first step to candidacy.

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By Tom Scanlon | West Valley View Managing Editor  8 hrs ago 

In Goodyear, Mayor Georgia Lord and the city’s six council members are safe.

Lord’s term runs through 2022 and the council seats are not up for grabs until 2022 for Joe Pizzillo, Wally Campbel and Brannon Hampton and 2024 for Sheri Lauritano and Bill Stipp.

Elsewhere in the West Valley, it’s about to get very interesting, this election year.

The mayor position is up for election in Avondale, Buckeye and Tolleson. Multiple council seats will be up for election in those cities as well as in Litchfield Park.

Just making it to the ballot is a victory, as candidates must collect signatures of support. The number of signatures varies, based on the number of voters in each city.

And the paperwork keeps stacking up for candidates.

Prior to collecting signatures, candidates must file a “Candidate Statement of Interest” form. The one-page forms asked for the candidate’s name, position desired, address and phone number are available from the clerk of each city, who collects the signed forms. 

For the August primary elections, the candidate filing period is March 9 through April 6. 

In order to move forward with obtaining signatures, many candidates have already submitted their statements of interest.

This shows there are some elections looking to be quite competitive.

The early races, around the West Valley:

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