Deadline to file nominating petitions passes with 10 candidates for four slots in Gilbert

Gilbert Town Council
The Gilbert Town Council will have four openings on the Aug. 3 ballot, including mayor. (Tom Blodgett/Community Impact Newspaper)

The Gilbert Town Council will have four openings on the Aug. 3 ballot, including mayor. (Tom Blodgett/Community Impact Newspaper)

Gilbert elections will have 10 candidates on the ballot covering the mayor, two four-year council seats and a two-year seat.

Filing by the 5 p.m. April 6 deadline were:


  • Lynne King Smith

  • Gary Livacari

  • Matt Nielsen

  • Brigette Peterson

Four-year council seats (two)

  • Scott Anderson

  • Tyler Hudgins

  • Busola Obayomi

  • Kathy Tilque

Two-year council seat

  • Laurin Hendrix

  • Bill Spence

The primary election is Aug. 4. If a runoff is required, it will be Nov. 3.

Any challenges to the signatures on the nominating petitions must be filed by April 20.

Anderson, the vice mayor, is the only elected incumbent in the group. Jared Taylor holds the other council seat but chose not to run for re-election.

Mayor Jenn Daniels filed a Statement of Interest in running for re-election but announced Feb. 3 she was withdrawing from the race.

The two-year council seat formerly belonged to Eddie Cook, but he resigned Feb. 18 to become Maricopa County assessor. Spence is the appointed incumbent, but because Cook’s resignation came more than 30 days before the nominating petition filing deadline, an election must be held to finish the balance of Cook’s term. Spence’s appointment lasts through the end of the year.
By Tom Blodgett
Raised in Arizona, Tom Blodgett has spent 30 years in journalism in Arizona and is the editor of the Gilbert edition of Community Impact Newspaper. He is a graduate of Arizona State University, where he now serves as an instructional professional in the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication and editorial adviser to The State Press, the university's independent student media outlet.


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