State Sen. Linda Lopez set to resign
Southern Arizona state Sen. Linda Lopez is set to resign from the Legislature next month, Democratic Party sources have confirmed. Lopez, first elected in 2000, moved up to the Arizona Senate in 2008. She resigned a leadership post in October, saying a new job with the Easter Seals Blake Foundation placed new demands on her time.
Lopez, whose Legislative District 2 covers Santa Cruz County as well as South Tucson, Sahuarita and Green Valley, was assistant minority leader in the Senate. She was re-elected in 2012.
Party insiders, who would only comment anonymously, said possible candidate to be appointed to fill her seat include former state lawmakers Tom Prezelski and Victor Soltero, as well as one of the district's current representatives, Andrea Dalessandro.
Under state law, a replacement for Lopez would be chosen by the Pima County Board of Supervisors from a list of three candidates submitted by the Democratic Party. Nominees for legislative appointments must reside in the same county as the lawmaker they are replacing.
Lopez, who did not respond to a request for comment, recently took a post as director of Children and Family Services for the Easter Seals Blake Foundation.
The potential appointees who may be jockeying for the seat also declined to comment.