Ted Vogt is the new state representative for District 30.
The Pima County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to appoint Vogt Tuesday after he received the highest number of votes from the district's Republican precinct committee members.
Vogt holds the seat to which fellow Republican Frank Antenori was elected. Earlier this month, the Supervisors appointed Antenori to fill the Senate vacancy following Jonathan Paton's resignation to run for Congress.
Vogt said he has filed paperwork to become a candidate for a House seat this fall.
The Legislature is wrestling with a budget for the coming year, and a just-approved plan depends on voters approving a 1-cent sales-tax increase in a May special election.
"There's a lot of work left to do to get the state out of the budget situation," Vogt said Tuesday.
Other than being the District 30 Republican chairman, the 37-year-old law student has not held another public office.
The other two nominees for the House appointment were Parralee Schneider and Doug Sposito. The party precinct committee members select three names to forward to the supervisors, who make the appointment.
Schneider has been an active party member for more than a decade. Sposito owns a construction company.
In other business, the supervisors unanimously approved a land use plan amendment that will let Corrections Corporation of America compete for a state contract to run a private prison of 5,000 beds, which it hopes to build on 120 acres on the west side of South Wilmot Road, near the existing state and federal prisons south of Interstate 10.
The comprehensive plan for the area called for medium-intensity urban development. The supervisors agreed to change it to urban industrial. The company still needed to get a zoning for the project approved before it can build, said Arlan Colton, Pima County Development Services planning director.
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