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11 apply to fill Patterson's seat in Legislature

Eleven people are seeking to be appointed to fill the state House seat vacated by Daniel Patterson.

The South Side District 29 seat is open because Patterson resigned rather than chance being expelled, after the House Ethics Committee voted to recommend he be tossed out.

Many of those who applied have political connections. The new representative must live in the district and be a registered independent, as Patterson left the Democratic Party before he resigned.

A five-member citizens' committee will forward three candidates to the Board of Supervisors by Friday afternoon. A new representative will be appointed at a special meeting Monday.

Those seeking appointment are:

Sergio Arellano

The community volunteer, a political science student, served on former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' veterans advisory board.

Stephen Cody

A technical writer at IBM, Cody has been secretary and vice chair of the District 29 Democrats.

Nicholas Fontana

An attorney, Fontana is a former judge pro tem in Tohono O'odham tribal court.

Albert Jordan

An engineer at Raytheon, Jordan is also seeking office in the new LD 2, which overlaps much of the current LD 29.

James Kelley

A transportation specialist at Renzenberger Inc., the Navy veteran is a longtime GOP activist, a former LD 29 Republican chairman and wrote the Cholla Jumps blog.

Robbin Larson

A project manager for Advantage Air Mechanical, Larson listed no political history when applying for the seat.

Michael Oatman

The owner of Internet Convenience Store and host of "Illegal Knowledge TV" on Access Tucson, Oatman is running for president on the Green Party ticket. He ran in the Democratic presidential primary in 2008.

Stephania O'Neill

The CEO of Moving Ahead Organizations, O'Neill has served on the Federal Steering Committee on Violence Against Women, the Arizona Legislative Subcommittee on Child Welfare and Behavioral Health, and the Arizona Committee on Prevention.

John Orr

A program director at Open Inn children's shelter, Orr is a former researcher for Project Vote Smart.

Joseph Scott

The husband of City Councilwoman Shirley Scott is the founder of Scott Supply Service, and has served as his wife's campaign manager.

Leon Sierra

The Marine veteran is the business representative for the Tucson local of the International Union of Operating Engineers.

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