District 1 Newsletter | August 2022

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Supervisor Jack Sellers, District 1

August 2022

The August Primary Election is in the Books

Phil the Ballot, just the facts

The Board of Supervisors canvassed the 2022 August Primary Election, certifying that the results are accurate and provided a full accounting of all the ballots cast in the election. Learn more about our process, or view the final results at Results.Maricopa.Vote. Here are some highlights:

  • More voters participated than ever before (866,924)
  • 88% cast an early ballot
  • 12% voted on Election Day
  • 33% of voters visited a Vote Center to drop off an early ballot or vote in person 
  • More than 288,000 ballots were cast in-person from July 6-August 2 and voters waited less than a minute on average at voting sites
  • 90% of voters said they felt informed by the County about their voting options

Want to know more about Maricopa County elections?  Visit elections.maricopa.gov.

The General Election is in November

Vote, election, elections, ballot

The General Election is on November 8, 2022. Several important races will be decided: a seat in the U.S. Senate, statewide races including Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of State, the entire state legislature, and various county and local races.

Ballot measures spanning topics from voter identification requirements to creating a Lieutenant Governor position will also be on the ballot. To read the legislature’s analysis of these measures, click here. To view arguments for and against them, click here.

You can check your voter registration status at BeBallotReady.Vote before the October 11 registration deadline. You can also learn more about election deadlines and find answers to frequently asked questions.

Promoting Election Security Nationally

NACO Photos

Election security continues to be a national concern. No one should have to face violent threats at work, but unfortunately, this is a reality for many election professionals.

At the National Association of Counties Annual Meeting, I was honored to lead a panel that shared ideas on how to protect and retain our professional election workers. Pictured with Large Urban County Chair John O’Grady.

Animal Care and Control at Critical Capacity

Animal Care and Control, pet, license, pup

Animal Care and Control is in urgent need of residents to adopt and foster shelter animals. Both our East and West Shelters are at maximum capacity. We are asking for the community to help by stopping by one of our shelters and adopting an animal. If you cannot adopt an animal right now, you can also help by fostering one.

Currently, all dogs that are older than 5-months are only $25 to adopt. The adoption fee covers spay and neutering, vaccinations, and a license.

Federal Rescue Dollars at Work

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Maricopa County has invested more than $200 million in federal dollars to address the impacts of COVID-19. Highlights include:

  • Investing $83.3 million to address homelessness and committing another $65 million to address the affordable housing shortage.
  • The emergency rental and utility assistance program dispensed 51,555 months of rental payments and 55,913 months of utility payments from March 2021 to June 2022. 
  • The small business resilience program administered more than $30 million in grants to 1,354 small or micro-sized geographically and demographically diverse businesses. 

Read the full report >

Investing ARPA Funds

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Maricopa County has planned additional long-term investments using American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds. More than $660 million has been allocated to programs ranging from affordable housing to job training while allowing for flexibility should additional needs arise.

Total allocations to date include:

  • $191.2M to support individuals and families
  • $24.1M in rent and mortgage support
  • $78.8M toward affordable housing investments
  • $70.7M for business support programs
  • $185.1M for COVID-19 Public Health response efforts
  • $31.3M toward workforce development and support

Track how ARPA funds are being spent with our ARPA Dashboard.

Transportation Improvements

East Valley

Drivers in the East Valley are benefitting from a completed interim extension of State Route 24, from Williams Field Rd. in Mesa to Ironwood Dr. The improvements signal a completed promise of the half-cent sales tax for transportation approved under Prop 400. 

Around the District

Gateway Airport

Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport had a significant milestone with the opening of the new John S. McCain III Control Tower. The opening was attended by elected officials from all over the East Valley and by Senator Mark Kelly and Congressman Greg Stanton. Jack McCain represented the McCain family.

Safety Training

Thanks to Maricopa County Sheriff Paul Penzone (right) for providing safety training for elected officials. Presenters included Chairman Bill Gates (top left), additional officers from MCSO, the County Attorney's office, and the FBI.

CD5 Candidate Forum

I appreciate the East Valley Chambers of Commerce and the East Valley Partnership for providing a live forum for us to learn more about our CD5 Congressional Candidates. Pictured Ramos (D), Biggs (R) & Smith (I).

Please let us know how we can better serve you.
Jack Sellers, District 1
Maricopa County Board of Supervisors