AIRC Update: 3 finalists to replace Jose Herrera


Posted by AzBlueMeanie:

There are now three finalists to fill the vacancy on the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission (AIRC) to replace Democratic Commissioner Jose Herrera, who resigned last month.

Steve Muratore at the Arizona Eagletarian blog, as always, has the inside scoop (thank you Steve!) Redistricting vacancy — short list:

[B]eside Jimmie D. Smith, the other two individuals on the short list are Cid R. Kallen and Jo Ann Martinez.

Smith applied in 2010 and made the list of 10 eligible Democrats from
which Campbell and then Senate Minority Leader David Schapira chose Jose
Herrera and Linda McNulty respectively. Smith is an attorney who has
been a sole practitioner in Yuma for decades.

Kallen is a US Marine Corps veteran, attorney in private (sole) practice in Yuma and is an Hispanic male.

Martinez is a program director at Arizona State University — Downtown.
She holds a Master's degree in Education and is an Hispanic female.

House Minority Leader Chad Campbell now has 14 days to make a decision
on which of the three to select. If he does not appoint one of those
persons in that time, the Appellate Courts Commission will do it for

If you have any opinions about the nominees, you should contact House Minority Leader Chad Campbell ASAP.