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:
The community volunteer, a political science student, served on former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' veterans advisory board.
A technical writer at IBM, Cody has been secretary and vice chair of the District 29 Democrats.
An attorney, Fontana is a former judge pro tem in Tohono O'odham tribal court.
An engineer at Raytheon, Jordan is also seeking office in the new LD 2, which overlaps much of the current LD 29.
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.
A project manager for Advantage Air Mechanical, Larson listed no political history when applying for the seat.
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.
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.
A program director at Open Inn children's shelter, Orr is a former researcher for Project Vote Smart.
The husband of City Councilwoman Shirley Scott is the founder of Scott Supply Service, and has served as his wife's campaign manager.
The Marine veteran is the business representative for the Tucson local of the International Union of Operating Engineers.