Eight running for one of three seats on Queen Creek Town Council

IMAGE QC Council Candidates 2016


Candidate forum
The Queen Creek Independent is accepting questions from the public to ask the candidates in a future publication and at a candidates forum to be held Aug. 2 at Communiversity at Queen Creek, 21740 S. Ellsworth Road in Queen Creek. A time and format will be announced soon. Queen Creek residents and business people may submit their questions by e-mail to qcnews@newszap.com. The senders of the questions will be anonymous.

(Read about candidates forum planned for Aug. 2.)


Queen Creek voters will go to the polls Tuesday, Aug. 30, in part to fill three spots on the Queen Creek Town Council for council members whose terms expire in December. If needed, a runoff election will take place during the Nov. 8 general election.

Candidates in the nonpartisan election for town council are: incumbents Craig Barnes, Robin Benning and Jeff Brown; and Todd Broadhead, Jake Hoffman, Matt McWilliams, Stacy Portonova and Natasha Schaeler.

All candidates must be qualified electors of the town and have resided in the town for at least one year prior to the election for which a candidate is running. An exception applies for a person living in an area that has been annexed into the town during the year preceding the election as long as that person has resided in the annexed area at least one year prior to the election, according to the town’s website.

The eight candidates filed the necessary paperwork to run for office by the 5 p.m. June 1 deadline, Town Clerk Jennifer Robinson said in an e-mailed response to questions.

Candidates had to file the following information: a nomination paper, a financial disclosure statement and nomination petitions containing a minimum 93 signatures and maximum 187 signatures, the town clerk said.

Council members serve at-large representing all residents of the town. Council members serve four-year staggered terms and there are no term limits.

The Queen Creek Independent in May asked candidates to send a photo and to answer a short questionnaire for publication and for online. Click on the candidate’s name to read their responses.

Craig S. Barnes

Robin Benning

Todd Broadhead

Jeff Brown

Jake Hoffman

Matt McWilliams

Stacy Portonova

Natasha Schaeler

Primary election information
The deadline to register in the primary election is Aug. 1, according to the Maricopa County Elections Department website. Early voting for the primary election begins Aug. 3.

For more information, call the county elections department at 602-506-1511.

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