Eleven people have applied for the job of representing the south-side District 29 at the Arizona Legislature.
The job became open last week when Rep. Daniel Patterson resigned, and a tightly scheduled process to name his replacement is under way.
A citizens panel appointed by the Pima County Board of Supervisors begins work today to narrow the field of 11 down to three candidates by 3 p.m. Friday.
On Monday, the supervisors will hold a special meeting to appoint one of the three to replace Patterson.
By state law, the new representative must be a registered independent who lives in the district.
• Occupation: community volunteer
• Education: pursuing a degree in political science
• Political history: U.S. Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords' veterans advisory board
• Community connections: Army veteran, Wounded Warrior program, Mi Vecino voter initiative
• Occupation: technical writer at IBM
• Education: bachelor's in psychology, master's in biopsychology
• Political history: secretary and vice chair of the District 29 Democrats and Democratic Party executive committee representative
• Community connections: Las Adelitas, co-founder of Democracy for Arizona-Tucson
• Occupation: attorney
• Education: bachelor's in general studies, juris doctorate
• Political history: former Judge Pro Tem at the Tohono O'odham tribal court
• Community connections: Veterans Court, Pascua Yaqui school mentor
• Occupation: aerospace engineer at Raytheon Missile Systems
• Education: bachelor's in mechanical engineering, MBA
• Political history: Current candidate for the new Legislative District 2
• Community connections: Boy Scouts, Southside Presbyterian Church
• Occupation: transportation specialist at Renzenberger Inc.
• Education: bachelor's in sociology, Defense Language Institute graduate
• Political history: political consultant and blogger, former District 29 Republican chairman
• Community connections: Navy veteran
• Occupation: project manager and field supervisor at Advantage Air Mechanical
• Education: high school graduate
• Political history: none listed
• Community connections: Tucson Trap and Skeet Club, Boy Scouts
• Occupation: owner of Internet Convenience Store LLC
• Education: high school diploma, some college
• Political history: 2012 Green Party presidential candidate, 2008 Democratic Party presidential candidate
• Community connections: host/producer of "Illegal Knowledge TV" on Access Tucson
• Occupation: CEO of Moving Ahead Organizations
• Education: bachelor's in secondary education, master's in early childhood education
• Political history: Federal Steering Committee on Violence Against Women, Arizona Legislative Subcommittee on Child Welfare and Behavioral Health, Arizona Committee on Prevention
• Community connections: none listed
• Occupation: program director at Open Inn
• Education: bachelor's in history, master's in library and information studies
• Political history: former researcher and office manager for Project Vote Smart
• Community connections: Homeless Street Count, 51 Homes Campaign
• Occupation: professor, founder of Scott Supply Service Inc.
• Education: Ph.D. in Germanic languages and literatures
• Political history: campaign chairman for City Councilwoman Shirley Scott and former Councilman Charles Ford
• Community connections: served on many advisory committees for the city and the Tucson Unified School District
• Occupation: business representative at the International Union of Operating Engineers
• Education: Arizona Operating Engineers training program and apprenticeship
• Political history: none listed
• Community connections: Marine Corps veteran
Timeline to name new state lawmaker
• Today - Citizens panel reviews applications.
• Friday - Citizens panel forwards three recommendations to the Board of Supervisors.
• This weekend - Supervisors accept public comment on the candidates.
• Monday - Supervisors appoint a new state lawmaker.
Did you know?
State representatives are paid $24,000 a year.
Contact reporter Becky Pallack at email@example.com or 573-4346.