11 apply to represent Tucson in Legislature

2012-04-19T00:00:00Z 2014-07-08T11:13:34Z 11 apply to represent Tucson in LegislatureBecky Pallack Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
April 19, 2012 12:00 am  • 

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.

Sergio Arellano

• 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

Stephen Cody

• 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

Nicholas Fontana

• 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

Albert Jordan

• 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

James Kelley

• 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

Robbin Larson

• 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

Michael Oatman

• 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

Stephania O'Neill

• 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

John Orr

• 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

Joseph Scott

• 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

Leon Sierra

• 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

What's next

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 bpallack@azstarnet.com or 573-4346.

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