The Pima County Board of Supervisors has unanimously backed a Sahuarita Democrat, Rep. Andrea Dalessandro,  to fill vacancy in the state senate.

Former Legislative District 2 State Sen. Linda Lopez resigned earlier this month, citing conflicts with a new job.

Supervisors praised Dalessandro hard work in the House of Representatives on Tuesday morning, adding that her knowledge of the inner workings of the state legislature will be an asset to her in the Senate.

Dalessandro was selected over two other candidates nominated by local Democratic Party officials this weekend, Demion Clinco, Demion Clinco the president of the Tucson Historic Preservation Foundation and Annabelle Nuñez, an associate librarian at the Arizona Health Sciences Library at the University of Arizona.

Dalessandro, 66, has been serving in the House since 2013.

Today's decision by the Supervisors sets up a virtually identical process used to replace Lopez.

Once Dalessandro submits her resignation, party officals from Legislative District 2 will need to meet to decide on three candidates to forward to the Board of Supervisors.

Contact reporter Joe Ferguson at or 573-4346. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFerguson


Reporter with the Arizona Daily Star. I cover politics as well as the city of Tucson and other municipalities in Southern Arizona.