We’ve all heard the news, Congressman Trent Franks has resigned his seat in the U.S. House of Representatives amid scandal, and this means a special election to fill this seat in Congressional District 8 in Arizona.
For some background, U.S. Senate Seats that may be vacated are subject to having a replacement named by the sitting Arizona Governor, so no special election would happen in that case, but the House of Representatives is different. Constituents in CD8 have the opportunity to participate in a special election for a replacement to represent them in Washington, D.C. for the remainder of Franks’ term.
Candidates interested in the position have until January 10, 2018 to file the required number of valid petition signatures and corresponding candidate paperwork for the office to be included on the ballot. Voters must register to vote by January 29, 2018 to be eligible to vote during the primary election to select individual party candidates. Early voting for the primary begins January 31, with the election date being February 27th, 2018.
After the primary, winning candidates proceed to a General Special Election. The voter registration deadline for the General Special Election is March 26, 2018. Early voting in the General Special Election begins March 28 and ends on election day April 24, 2018.
The winning candidate will hold this seat until the next General Election in the fall of 2018.
So, why does this matter to you, as a Woman Business Owner or supporter of women-owned businesses?
This is a unique opportunity for every voter to participate and have their voices heard, outside of the usual drone and hum of a larger election cycle. Right now, this is the only National Office on the ballot in Arizona for this Special Election, and candidates are expected to have little time to campaign in a traditional manner.
This is a GREAT time to exercise your research muscle and find out where candidates stand on the issues that matter to you, your family, your business, and your community. With 16 filed candidates in the Republican Party, four for the Democrats, and one Green Party Candidate, you might want to wait and see who is validated via petition signatures before you dive in too deeply.
Once the field is clear, we’ll update with the list of candidates who will be on the ballot!
In the meantime, pay attention to the State Legislature, which kicks off today, January 8. Education funding promises to be a primary topic, and should be on every Woman Business Owner’s radar as a key topic affecting our businesses. An educated and skilled workforce is necessary for us to survive and thrive. Likewise, issues of taxation could affect small businesses as the state struggles to fund education at adequate levels.