Pima County Democrats have backed three candidates to replace former State Sen. Linda Lopez, who stepped down last week citing conflicts with work.

A total of 28 elected precinct committeepersons living in District 2 selected:

  • State Rep.
  • Andrea Dalessandro
  • , D-Sahuarita
  • Demion Clinco
  • , president of the Tucson Historic Preservation Foundation
  • And
  • Annabelle Nuñez
  • , an associate librarian at the Arizona Health Sciences Library at the University of Arizona.

The Pima County Board of Supervisors will pick from among the three finalists during its next meeting on Tuesday morning. The board’s choice will finish the remainder of Lopez’s term. The two-year term expires at the end of the year.

Dalessandro, 66, who lives in Sahuarita, has an undergraduate degree in math and a graduate degree in school supervision and administration from Jersey City State College and later earned a master’s in business administration from Rutgers University.

If Dalessandro is selected, that would then force Democrats to repeat the process by having to replace her  in the House of Representatives.

Clinco, 33, got his undergraduate degree in art history from Occidental College and completed postgraduate work at Istituto Marangoni in Milan, Italy.

Nuñez, 49, has an undergraduate degree in education and a master’s degree in library sciences from the University of Arizona. She lives in Tucson.

Both Nuñez and Clinco are Tucson natives.

Lopez confirmed last month she would step down but said the exact timing of her resignation was directly tied to her retirement package.

Benefits in the Elected Officials Retirement Plan are computed based on years of service, and Lopez had to wait until January to resign to qualify for her last year of service.

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