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

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.

This report was first published by the Arizona Mirror.

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