The Pima County Board of Supervisors voted today 5-0 to appoint Ted Vogt to the LD 30 house seat vacated by last week’s appointment of State House Rep. Frank Antenori to the LD 30 State Senate seat. That senate seat was previously held by Republican Jonathan Paton who resigned on Feb. 22 to run for the U. S. House in Congressional District 8.
Per state statute, the LD 30 precinct committeemen and women met on March 10 and voted to submit 3 Republican names to the Board, to choose the successor to Antenori. (See A.R.S. legal explanation at bottom). If a Republican resigns, then a Republican must be appointed by the Board of Supervisors in his/her place. The Board is currently composed of 3 Democrats (Sharon Bronson, Richard Elias, and Ramon Valadez), and 2 Republicans (Ray Carroll and Ann Day).
Supervisor Carroll (whose district 4 includes LD 30) made the nomination this morning, saying that Vogt was the “lead vote getter” in the selection process. (Vogt had been nominated as well by the precinct committeemen/women for the vacant LD 30 State Senate seat).
LD 30 Chair Vogt was the top vote getter in the March 10 selection meeting and he is a UA third year law student and former Captain in the U.S. Air Force (served 6 years). The other two nominees were Parralee Schneider, a Tucson realtor and 3rd VP of the State GOP, and Doug Sposito, a small business general contractor and former LD 30 Chair.
Vogt will serve out Antenori’s term, when the General Election on Nov. 2nd will determine the 2 state house reps. in LD 30. Vogt got his B.A. from Yale University, and clerked under U.S. Senator Jon Kyl and Vice President Dick Cheney on homeland security matters.
Several Republican candidates have already filed to run for these house seats in LD 30, and will all compete in the August 24 primary:
–incumbent House Rep. David Gowan
–Kurt Knurr, a systems engineer for a Defense Contractor, www.kurt4az30.com
–Parralee Schneider, one of the nominees listed above
–Doug Sposito, one of the nominees listed above, former candidate for this house seat in 2004 and 2008.
–Ted Vogt, appointed today to this house seat
Candidate Brian Abbott also recently filed to run for this seat, and is a partner in a telecommunications consulting & contracting firm. According to him he is a Republican, though no party affiliation is listed on the state campaign finance website.
Democrat Andrea Dalessandro, (a retired tax accountant and instructor), who also was a candidate for LD 30 state house in 2008, is the lone Democrat in this field so far. See: www.andreaforaz.net.
Excerpts from A.R.S. 14-1202 as to this selection process:
“2.Those elected precinct committeemen shall nominate, within twenty-one days after notification of the vacancy by the secretary of state if the legislature is not in regular session or within five days if the legislature is in regular session and by a majority vote, three qualified electors to fill the vacancy who meet the requirements for service in the legislature and who belong to the same political party and reside at the time of nomination in the same district and county as the person elected to or appointed to the office immediately before the vacancy.”
“4. The state party chairman of the appropriate political party shall forward the names of the three persons named pursuant to paragraph 2 of this subsection to the board of supervisors of the county of residence of the person elected or appointed to the office immediately before the vacancy occurred. The board of supervisors shall appoint a person from the three nominees submitted.”