Mayor and Council

The Mayor and City Councilmembers are elected "at large" to represent the entire City. They are not elected to represent districts or wards. The term of the office of Mayor and Councilmember is four years and is limited to two consecutive terms. Candidate elections are held in the even-numbered years. Each election year, three positions for City Council are up for election. Every four years an election is held for the office of Mayor.

City Council meetings are usually held the second and fourth Thursdays of the month. Study Sessions are usually held on the Monday prior to a Council meeting.

Chandler City Council

2021 Chandler City Council

Front row, from left: Councilmember René Lopez, Mayor Kevin Hartke, Councilmember Christine Ellis.
Back row, from left: Councilmember Matt Orlando, Vice Mayor Mark Stewart, Councilmember OD Harris, and Councilmember Terry Roe.

 

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Mayor Kevin Hartke

Current Term: January 2019 – January 2023

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Mayor Kevin Hartke

Mayor Kevin Hartke began his term in January 2019. He previously served nine years on the City Council, first as an interim Councilmember in 2008, and then was elected to consecutive terms and served from January 2011 to January 2019. Kevin served as Vice Mayor twice, in 2015 and 2017.

Mayor Hartke and his wife, Lynne, have been married for 39 years and have lived in Chandler since 1985. He served as Lead Pastor at Trinity Christian Fellowship in Chandler where he worked from 1985-2018. He has a bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry from the University of Missouri, Columbia; and a master’s degree in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary. He served as the statewide director of For Our City for nine years, which is a collaborative effort of government, business, nonprofit and faith leaders gathered to find solutions for needs in a community.

Mayor Hartke is involved extensively in the State, Phoenix metropolitan region, and Chandler. As Mayor, he serves on:

  • Arizona League of Cities and Towns Executive Board
  • Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) Executive Board and Regional Council
  • Greater Phoenix Economic Council
  • Board Member of the Regional Public Transportation Authority
  • Board member of Valley Metro light rail  
  • MAG Regional Transportation Committee

In Chandler, he also volunteers with:

  • American Cancer Society
  • Ex-officio Board member with the Chandler Chamber of Commerce
  • Ex-officio Board member with Chandler's Sister Cities

His past regional service included the following:

  • Board member of the MAG Economic Development Committee
  • Board member with Desert Cancer Foundation of Arizona
  • Chair of the Continuum of Care Regional Committee to End Homelessness for MAG
  • Governor’s Commission on Faith and Communities and the Congressional Committee on Faith and Neighborhoods

His past service in Chandler and beyond included the following:

  • Chandler City Councilmember
  • Commissioner on the Planning and Zoning Commission
  • Chairman of Human Relations Commission
  • Chairman of the 2010 Complete Count Committee and member of a previous Charter Revision Committee
  • Ex-official member of Chandler Airport Commission
  • For Our City Chandler Director
  • Executive Board of the Chandler Coalition On Youth Substance Abuse
  • YMCA soccer coach
  • Community volunteer activist and organizer of citywide volunteer efforts and Arrowhead Meadows Traditional Neighborhood Organizer
  • Literacy advocate, reading weekly to students at Galveston Elementary since 2007

 

Connect with the Mayor's Initiatives
Mayor Hartke supports several initiatives to connect with community members in areas that are important to the entire City. The Mayor encourages all Chandler residents to get involved.

Vice Mayor Mark Stewart

Current Term: January 2021 – January 2024

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Vice Mayor Mark Stewart

Vice Mayor Mark Stewart a resident of Chandler since 2001, began his first term on the City Council in January 2017.

Vice Mayor Stewart and his family moved from the Midwest expecting to stay for a couple of years before returning home. They fell in love with the community, the people, and the vision of what Chandler would become. The Stewarts can’t imagine calling somewhere else home.

He is a champion for innovation and creating opportunities through commerce. Vice Mayor Stewart spent more than 20 years with Fortune50 organizations and now owns a marketing and brand company, Concept2Completion. As a serial entrepreneur, he is involved with two additional startup companies as a founding partner.

Vice Mayor Stewart believes good governance involves helping provide a community that is safe, livable and committed to facilitating an improved quality of life and business opportunity. He works to foster a community that embraces inclusion, innovation and spirit on entrepreneurial development. He knows that a good municipal fiscal policy provides the backbone for the most successful cities.

Vice Mayor Stewart has a Bachelor of Science degree from Missouri State University. Within the community, he volunteers and supports local non-profits and maintains an active faith.

 

Vice Mayor Stewart serves on the:

  • Maricopa Association of Governments Human Services and Community Initiatives Committee
  • Arizona League of Cities and Towns Budget, Finance and Economic Development Committee
  • METRO Rail Board of Directors
  • East Valley Partnership Board of Directors
  • Chandler Airport Commission Ex-Officio
  • Chair for the 2020 Census Complete Count Committee
  • National League of Cities Community and Economic Development  Federal Advocacy Committee, a federal advocacy group working to help cities maintain local control
 

He represents Chandler on the:

  • Community Services, Economic Development, and Neighborhood Resources; and Communications and Public Affairs, Information Technology, and Management Services Subcommittees
Councilmember Christine Ellis
Current Term: January 2021 – January 2024

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Councilmember Christine Ellis

Councilmember Christine Ellis was born and raised in Haiti and moved to the United States in 1986. She has resided in Chandler since 1987. She has been married to her husband, Benjamin, for 32 years and has two children, Sean and Taliah.

Councilmember Ellis has a Bachelor of Science, in Nursing from Grand Canyon University and has worked as an RN for many large hospitals and care facilities, while holding many high-level positions such as Director of Nursing in the Metro Phoenix area. She has also taught medical assistant and certified nursing classes in Arizona’s community colleges.

From 1998 to 2015, she founded and operated Cedar Sanctuary LLC, realizing that families needed an alternative to caring for their loved ones. In addition to caring for the elderly, she has been a part of the foundation of The Bridge/FCS Ministry for more than 17 years, which helps feed the local homeless population and provides to their spiritual needs, partnering with other ministries in Arizona.

As a Councilmember, she serves on local and regional committees, including:

  • City of Chandler Communications and Public Affairs, Information Technology and Management Services Subcommittee
  • City of Chandler Community Services, Economic Development, Neighborhood Resources and Cultural Development Subcommittee
  • Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) Domestic Violence Council


Councilmember Ellis also volunteers with:

  • Co-founded Oppression Healing Ministry
  • Advisory Board Member of HASCED (Haitian American Center for Social Economic Development)
  • Committee Member - For Our City
  • Chair of Pollack Haitian Hope Center
  • Board Member of Midwest International Food Bank AZ


Her past service in Chandler and beyond includes:

  • Citizen Bond Exploratory Public Works Subcommittee for 2020
  • Member, Governor-Appointed Board, Infection Control, State of Arizona, Assisted Living Rep
  • Chandler SDA Church Building Committee Board
  • Co-Founder of the non-profit The Bridge for Community Services
  • Co-Chair HID (Haiti Infrastructure and Development)
  • Co-Founder, Village D’Esperance Orphanage in Haiti
  • Co-Founder, Haitian Disaster Relief, Board President
  • Co-Chair, Haitian American Center for Social Economic Development - HACSED
Councilmember OD Harris
Current Term: January 2021 – January 2024

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Councilmember OD Harris

Councilmember OD Harris will begin his first term in January. He is a proud U.S. Army Veteran and ready to serve the city of Chandler. Councilmember Harris is a successful entrepreneur, a best-selling author, and philanthropist.

In 2014, he established the National Ready Set Go Foundation (RSG) based in Chandler, Arizona. RSG helps underserved communities to start their own businesses. Through those efforts, they have been able to serve 1000’s of people in various communities throughout the United States.

His expertise in business is capacious. Councilmember Harris has an undergraduate and Master’s Degree in Accounting. As a Councilmember, he serves on local, regional, and national committees and boards. 

He is a proud husband to his wife Elizabeth and they have four children.
 

As a Councilmember, he serves on local and regional committees, including:

  • Community Services, Economic Development, Neighborhood Resources and Cultural Development Subcommittee

  • Public Safety Subcommittee

  • City of Chandler Airport Commission (Ex-officio)

 

 

His past service in Chandler and beyond included the following:

  • Board Member – National Black MBA

  • Advisory Board Member-Clean Home Project
  • 100 Black Men of America
Councilmember René Lopez
Current Term: January 2019 – January 2023

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Councilmember René Lopez

Councilmember René Lopez has lived and worked in Chandler since 2007. He began his first term on the Chandler City Council in January 2015. 

He is a third-generation Arizona native, born and raised in the East Valley, and graduated from the University of Arizona with a bachelor’s degree in Nuclear Engineering, with a minor in Direct Energy Conversion.

Councilmember Lopez is a third-generation U.S. Navy veteran. He served as a Naval Officer aboard submarines, honorably separating from the Navy in 2000 as a Lieutenant, with more than four years of service. After more than a decade of traveling and moving with the U.S. Navy, and as a Project Manager, he and his family decided to move back home to be closer to family. He has been married to his wife Jessica for more than 20 years, and they have two children: Brianna and Andrew. 

He has an extensive career in project management, with more than 15 years of experience working in telecommunications, energy, and currently in information technology.

He previously served on the:

  • City’s Parks and Recreation Board
  • Chandler Education Coalition, Chair
  • Chandler Chamber Education and Workforce Coalition
  • Read on Chandler, Executive Board Member

He currently represents Chandler on the:

  • Arizona Municipal Water Users Association 
  • Chandler Airport Commission, Ex-Officio 
  • Arizona Department of Revenue Municipal Tax Code Commission

He currently serves on the following City Subcommittees:

  • Communications and Public Affairs, Information Technology
  • Management Services and Facilities and Fleet; and the Airport
  • Development Services
  • Public Works and Utilities
  • Transportation Policy

He is also the Chairman of the Board of CeCe’s Hope Center

Councilmember Matt Orlando

Current Term: January 2019 – January 2023

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Councilmember Matt Orlando

Councilmember Matt Orlando has been a resident of Chandler since 1983 and began his fifth term on the City Council in January 2019. He also served as a City Councilmember from 1990-1998 and 2004-2013.

In November of 2016, he retired from Honeywell. His final role was Director of Technical Sales and was responsible for business development, sales and marketing of more than $500M worth of satellite, space and missile technology communications products for the military and other government agencies. He led a world-wide sales and business team of 26 people and directed successful business ventures in both the U.S. and international markets.

Councilmember Orlando retired as a Colonel in the US Air Force after serving 30 years on active duty and in the Arizona Air National Guard. His last assignment was serving as the Chief of Staff for the Arizona Air Staff Headquarters.

He is married to Pat and they have three children and two grandchildren. A native of Newark, NJ, he graduated from Rutgers University, New Jersey with a BA in Political Science and received an MBA from Golden Gate University, San Francisco, CA.

Councilmember Orlando is:

  • Vice-Chairman to the National League of Cities’ Financial, Administration and Intergovernmental Relations (FAIR) Committee

He was previously a member of:

  • The National League of Cities’ Transportation, Infrastructure and Services Policy and Advocacy Committee
  • Arizona State Representative to the National League of Cities’ FAIR Committee (during his 1st term)
  • Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) Human Services Coordinating Committee chair
  • The MAG Regional Aviation Systems Plan Policy Committee

He currently serves on:

  • City of Chandler’s Airport, Development Services, Public Works and Utilities and Transportation Policy subcommittee
  • Read On Chandler/Chamber Education Workforce/Chandler Education Coalition

He is a past president of:

  • Board of Directors of the Chandler YMCA
  • Chandler Optimist Club

He is a active in the following:

  • American Legion member
  • Chandler Youth Baseball and YMCA youth programs coach
  • Junior Achievement teacher to elementary age school children
  • Vice President of the Chandler Girls Softball League
  • Umpire for both youth and adult softball
Councilmember Terry Roe
Current Term: January 2019 – January 2023

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Councilmember Terry Roe

Councilmember Terry Roe became a resident of the Southeast Valley in 1965 and moved his family to Chandler in 1988. He began his first term on the City Council in January 2015.

In 1987, Councilmember Roe completed the Phoenix Regional Police Academy and began a 20-year career with the Mesa Police Department. While serving as a police sergeant, he worked in the DARE unit, on robbery detail, with the Center Against Family Violence in the auto theft and burglary unit.

Councilmember Roe attended Mesa Community College and studied business administration and management at the University of Phoenix.

 

Councilmember Roe has an extended history of volunteer and leadership service in the community:

  • Appointed by Governor Jane Hull in 1999 on the Arizona Parent’s Commission on Drug Education and Prevention, serving two terms.
  • Served as a Scout Leader
  • Two-term board member on the Mesa Police Benevolent Fund.

Today, Councilmember Roe serves as:

  • Chandler Kiwanis Club Board member
  • Salvation Army Chandler Corps Advisory Board member
  • Phoenix Silent Witness Program Board member
  • Chandler Coalition for Youth Substance Abuse Executive Board member
  • Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) Economic Development Committee member
  • Member of City of Chandler’s Airport, Development Services, and Public Works and Utilities; and Public Safety subcommittees