CUSD School Board Election Information

In addition to all of the important statewide races on the ballot in November, there are six people running for two openings on the CUSD Governing Board. This critical race will obviously have a huge impact on the direction of our district, so if you live within CUSD boundaries, it’s important to make an informed vote. To help our members learn about these candidates, we asked each of them to complete a candidate questionnaire, and we are posting their responses to the questionnaire on our CUSD Governing Board Candidate page. On this page, you can also find video of the CUSD Governing Board Candidate Forum held on Thursday, September 27. Even if you don’t live within CUSD boundaries, please take the time to learn about these candidates!

AEA EdWave Canvasses TOMORROW

Vote Here signWe cannot let all of the energy behing #REDforED lead to the same politicians holding office in November. Please join an AEA EdWave canvassing opportunity tomorrow! This is a great way to have conversations with friendly, targeted voters who are willing to vote for pro-public education candidates and listen to why this election is so important.

Tomorrow (September 22) there are two canvassing opportunities especially for CEA members:

Legislative District 17 (RSVP)
9:00 am & 1:00 pm
1450 W Warner Rd, Suite 124, Gilbert, AZ

Legislative District 18 (RSVP)
9:00 am
725 E Guadalupe Rd, Suite 723, Tempe, AZ

You can also visit the INVESTinED website to find future canvassing events.

CUSD School Board Candidate Forum on September 27

On Thursday, September 27, the Chandler Chamber of Commerce will hold a CUSD School Board Candidate Forum at 5:30 pm in the CUSD Board Room. The CUSD Governing Board is a critical one for our educators and our students … please plan on being there! Be sure to reserve your spot online.

National Red for Ed Day on Tuesday

Arizona Educators UnitedThis Tuesday, September 4, is National Red for Ed Day. After the travesty of Proposition 207 being removed from the ballot, this is our chance to show our community, our state, and our nation that we’re not giving up the fight for public school funding. Please join fellow educators and supporters across the country and wear red on Tuesday!

LD17 & LD18 Accountability Session on September 6

At 6:30 pm on Thursday, September 6, Valley Interfaith Project will hold an Accountability Session for LD17 & LD18 candidates at Dayspring United Methodist Church in Tempe. All candidates for AZ House and Senate in LD17 & LD18 were invited to participate, and the following candidates have confirmed participation:

  • Sean Bowie
  • Mitzi Epstein
  • Jennifer Jermaine
  • Greg Patterson
  • Steve Weichert

The purpose of this non-partisan event is to provide voters with candidates’ perspectives on key issues facing our state, including (but not limited to) public education. Questions will be given to all candidates in advance, and each candidate will be given the same amount of time to answer each question. To maintain the non-partisan nature of this forum, campaigning is not permitted (please refrain from wearing campaign shirts, buttons, etc.).

We need as many people at this forum as possible so candidates (whether they attend or not) know we are watching and will hold them accountable. Please RSVP for this event so we can have an accurate count of attendees!

Red Alert: August 25 at the Capitol

In an attempt to silence Invest in Ed, Speaker Mesnard has scheduled a last minute hearing to rewrite the ballot guide language tomorrow (Saturday, August 25). We need you and your fellow Invest in Ed activists at the Capitol tomorrow to be seen and heard! Attend a special briefing at 12:00 pm on Saturday, August 25 at AEA HQ, then fill House Hearing Room 4 at the State Capitol at 1:30 pm. See you there!

CEA Online Voter Toolkit Now Available

Vote Here signOur upcoming primary and general elections will give us an opportunity to fundamentally transform public education in Arizona. Our members know this, and after the events of the spring, they are more engaged in the political process than ever before. To help answer common questions about voting, CEA has created an online Voter Toolkit. This resource will provide our members with information on how to:

  • register to vote
  • request an early ballot
  • find polling places
  • research candidates’ positions on issues, especially those pertaining to public education

The Voter Toolkit can be found at We hope this resource helps our members become informed, engaged voters this fall. Feel free to share it with others!

Arizona Corporation Commission Candidate Forum Now Available for Online Viewing

On Tuesday, August 7, CEA and Valley Interfaith Project sponsored a Candidate Forum featuring five candidates for Arizona Corporation Commission (all candidates running in this race were invited). The video of this event is now available to watch online. Be sure to stay informed, and vote in the Arizona primary election by August 28!

LD12 Candidate Forum Now Available for Online Viewing

On Tuesday, July 17, CEA and Valley Interfaith Project sponsored a Candidate Forum featuring six candidates for Arizona Senate and Arizona House of Representatives in Legislative District 12 (all candidates running in these races were invited). The video of this event is now available to watch online. Be sure to stay informed, and vote in the Arizona primary election by August 28!

Arizona Corporation Commission Candidate Forum on August 7

ACC candidatesThe Chandler Education Association and Valley Interfaith Project are holding an Arizona Corporation Commission Candidate Forum to help community members make an informed choice on this important election. The forum will take place on August 7, 2018 from 5:00-6:30 pm at Dayspring UMC, located at 1365 E Elliot Rd in Tempe. This forum is open to the public, but seating will be limited for this important event, so you must reserve your spot if you wish to attend. For full details and RSVP instructions, visit our ACC Candidate Forum page.