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Finalists named to fill vacant Dem legislative seat, decision will be made by county supervisors

By: - August 31, 2021 6:06 pm

The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors is comprised of, from left, Bill Gates, Steve Chucri, Jack Sellers, Clint Hickman and Steve Gallardo. Photo courtesy Maricopa County

Democrats in the west Phoenix-based District 30 chose three finalists for the state Senate seat vacated by a former lawmaker who resigned after being charged with child sex crimes.

A citizen panel appointed by the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors selected Raquel Terán, a state representative in the district and the current chairwoman of the Arizona Democratic Party; Flavio Bravo, the director of the Arizona Democracy Collaborative who is running for state representative in the district; and Harry Garewal Jr., a consulting company CEO and an Isaac Elementary School District governing board member.

The Board of Supervisors will choose one of the three candidates to fill the vacant Senate seat. State law does not impose any deadline on the selection. 

Fields Moseley, a spokesman for the supervisors, said there’s no timeframe for when the board will make a decision. The board’s next meeting after Wednesday is Sept. 13, though the supervisors could schedule a special meeting before then.

The District 30 Senate seat has been vacant since former Sen. Tony Navarrete resigned on Aug.10. Navarrete stepped down amid allegations that he sexually assaulted an underage boy. A grand jury indicted Navarrete on one count of molestation of a child, five counts of sexual conduct with a minor and one count of attempted molestation of a child.

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Jeremy Duda
Jeremy Duda

Associate Editor Jeremy Duda is a Phoenix native and began his career in journalism in 2003 after graduating from the University of Arizona. Prior to joining the Arizona Mirror, he worked at the Arizona Capitol Times, where he spent eight years covering the Governor's Office and two years as editor of the Yellow Sheet Report. Before that, he wrote for the Hobbs News-Sun of Hobbs, NM, and the Daily Herald of Provo, Utah. Jeremy is also the author of the history book “If This Be Treason: the American Rogues and Rebels Who Walked the Line Between Dissent and Betrayal.”

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