Chandler Councilmember and two-time Vice Mayor Kevin Hartke officially declared his intention On April 30 to seek the mayoral post in the next city election Aug. 28. Early ballots will be mailed to voters on Aug. 1.
Among prospective candidates, Hartke was first, on April 30, to turn in petition sheets. A thousand signatures are required; Hartke submitted 1,791.
Hartke first was elected to City Council in 2010. He chairs regional boards on economic development, transportation and human services. Outside of City Hall, Hartke directs a non-profit: For Our City-Chandler and serves as a pastor at a local church, Trinity Christian Fellowship.
Last week Hartke and volunteers from the church assembled 7,000 snack packs for Chandler children affected by the teacher strikes. He also has reads weekly for 14 years at a local elementary school.
He and his wife Lynne have lived in Chandler for 33 years.
“I continue to be honored to serve our community. Over the past few years, Chandler has been recognized as one of the top cities in Arizona and the nation for people to live and work. I will continue to work hard to bring jobs to our community, keep our neighborhoods safe and build a brighter future for Chandler and its children.