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Posted on: April 19, 2023

Board Outlines Appointment Process for Legislative Vacancies

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The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors will fill vacancies in Legislative District 13 and Legislature District 26 according to a process dictated by state law.

ARS 41-1202  outlines what must happen. 

POLITICAL PARTIES NOMINATE ELECTORS

Last night, Republican precinct committeemen (PCs) in LD-13 nominated three electors to fill the vacancy created when Liz Harris was expelled by the House of Representatives.  Those nominees are:

  • Liz Harris
  • Julie Willoughby
  • Steve Steele

District 13 covers much of Chandler and part of Gilbert, and is within supervisorial district 1, represented by Supervisor Jack Sellers.

Also yesterday, Democratic PCs in LD-26 nominated three electors to fill the vacancy created when Raquel Terán resigned from the Arizona Senate.  Those nominees are:

  • Cesar Aguilar
  • Flavio Bravo
  • Quantá Crews 

District 26 covers a significant part of west central Phoenix stretching from Peoria Avenue to Van Buren Street north to south and 7th Avenue to 59th Avenue east to west.  It is within supervisorial district 5, represented by Supervisor Steve Gallardo.

COUNTY SUPERVISORS CHOOSE FROM THE LIST OF THREE

In each instance, the political parties forward their list of nominees to the Board of Supervisors, which is tasked with filling the vacancy.  ARS 41-1202 directs the Board of Supervisors to select from the names nominated by PCs.  State law does not mandate a time frame for this appointment. 

NEXT STEPS

The Board of Supervisors will meet with their counsel on Monday, April 24, to receive guidance on this process and to ask any legal questions they might have.  They will not take a vote or make any appointments on Monday.  Consistent with how the Board has approached other appointments of this nature, members plan to conduct background checks and interviews prior to taking any action.

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