Community Highlights

Multicultural events and topics associated with diversity, equity and inclusion were a focus of this past year, including Council adoption of a non-discrimination ordinance. Additional ordinances were passed to recognize the Juneteenth holiday and outline conditions for backyard chickens and fireworks. The Southside Village Neighborhood became Chandler’s first Historic Conservation District and an agreement was reached for a new downtown development.

2022 Election Results


Chandler voters re-elected Mayor Kevin Hartke and Councilmember Matt Orlando to the City Council. Voters also elected Jane Poston and Angel Encinas as the newest members of the City Council.

  • Mayor Kevin Hartke (incumbent), 39,349 votes, 77%
  • Councilmember Matt Orlando (incumbent), 33,716 votes, 26.92%
  • Councilmember-Elect Jane Poston, 25,762 votes, 20.57%
  • Councilmember-Elect Angel Encinas, 24,376 votes, 19.46%

In addition, Chandler voters overwhelmingly approved Proposition 470 (Home Rule Option) by 86% (42,139 votes).

Final election results are posted at Maricopa County Recorder’s Election Department.

Mayor Hartke and all three councilmembers will be sworn in on the night of Jan. 12, 2023, to begin serving their terms on the Council.

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Non-Discrimination Ordinance

Mayor and Council approved a non-discrimination ordinance titled “Chandler Embracing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion”.

This new chapter (Chapter 63) in the City Code will protect Chandler residents, making sure everyone has equal access to employment, housing and public accommodations.

Chandler Recognizes Juneteenth Holiday

Chandler City Council voted to designate Juneteenth (June 19) as an official paid city holiday to celebrate the end of slavery in the United States.

Juneteenth is the commemoration of the end of slavery specifically in Galveston, Texas, more than two years after the Emancipation Proclamation was issued.

Multicultural and Diversity Events

Chandler produced or participated in 60 events with community partners (a record high) that resulted in a combined event attendance of 43,258.

Fireworks and Chickens

Backyard Chickens

Backyard Chickens

Chandler City Council approved a Backyard Chicken ordinance to allow backyard chickens within single-family lots. The ordinance will take effect on Jan. 5, 2023.

Fireworks Ordinance

Chandler City Council updated the City’s Fireworks Ordinance in November 2022 to comply with Arizona State Law. The new ordinance includes nighttime restrictions on the use of fireworks.

State of the City

State of the City

The Mayor’s 2022 State of the City Address included a concert by local artist, Q-VLN. The event highlighted Chandler’s successes of the past year and highlighted things the community should watch for in 2022.

Several Chandler students were recognized for their “changemaking” efforts through volunteerism, innovation and entrepreneurship. 

Lithium Battery Fire

Hazard Alert: 54th Street and Pecos Road

The Chandler Fire and Police departments responded to a hazardous materials incident in April 2022 at a lithium battery storage facility located within a Salt River Project substation near 54th Street and Pecos Road in Chandler.

First responders worked with AES, the business involved, Salt River Project and multiple state agencies to manage the incident and mitigate risks to surrounding businesses.

Downtown Development

Site 7

Chandler negotiated an agreement for the sale and development of Site 7, near the southeast corner of Chandler Blvd. and Arizona Ave. This site will now be developed with the privately owned property directly to the north as one large cohesive development. This new combined development will feature a seven-story mixed-use building with 290 units of residential housing, 13,000 square feet of office space, 16,000 square feet of retail space and a multi-story on-site parking garage.

New Square Development Agreement

Chandler negotiated an amendment to the New Square Development Agreement, which will allow the developer to construct a mixed-use retail and multi-family residential complex along Chicago St. west of Arizona Ave as a Phase 2 of the development.

Southside Village Becomes Historic Conservation District