The city of Chandler, Arizona is a vibrant and diverse community that is home to a wide range of people. The mayor and city councilors are elected to represent the entire city, with terms of office lasting four years and limited to two consecutive terms. Elections for the office of mayor and three City Council seats are held in even-numbered years. Chandler City Hall is located at 175 S. Arizona Ave.
and is open until 5 p.m. to serve the citizens of Chandler. The Chandler Chamber of Commerce works to support candidates for federal, state, and local offices who are identified as being supportive of the business community. Candidates must go through an unbiased, non-partisan interview process in order to be considered for endorsement.
The answers to the interviews are evaluated based on the mission, vision, legislative agenda, and the impact of the Chamber on the business community. Approval decisions are made through the Good Governance Committee and the Board of Directors. Chandler does not have local protections for LGBTQ people, but last year city leaders postponed a vote on that measure in order to study it further. The most important topics for citizens in North Chandler may be different from those in West or South Chandler. The city is home to many parks, pools, museums, art galleries, hotels, resorts, golf courses, restaurants, and shopping opportunities. The Arizona Republic asked candidates for mayor and City Council to answer five questions about some of Chandler's most pressing issues.
Mayor Kevin Hartke is seeking a second term while challenger Ruth Jones moved to Chandler two years ago from Clearfield, Utah where she served on the city's planning commission. Much of the remaining larger plots of land have been dedicated to economic and retail development. Chandler has a long history of political eccentricity going back to Barry Goldwater and Kyrsten Sinema. The Chamber works hard to vet all candidates to ensure they meet and respond to the needs of the Chamber and local business community.