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Senatorial candidates identified for empty Gorman seat

UPDATE: The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors has scheduled a meeting on Feb. 4 to choose a replacement for Pamela Gorman, who resigned from the Arizona Senate. The board will meet at 11:30 a.m. in the Board of Supervisors Auditorium at 205 West Jefferson in Phoenix.

The Republican precinct committee from District 6 has nominated their district chairman, a party activist and a veteran committeeman to fill the Senate seat left vacant when Pamela Gorman resigned last week.

GOP Legislative District 6 Chairman David Braswell, activist Lori Klein and veteran committeeman Bob Haran were picked as the possible replacements during a two-hour meeting on Feb. 1.

The next step is for the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors to appoint a new senator from among the three nominees. But they might only have to decide between Braswell and Klein, because Haran on Feb. 2 announced that he would support Braswell.

“At the special election Monday night, Dave Braswell was clearly the first choice of the district, receiving 64 percent of the vote on the first ballot,” Haran said. “If the elected precinct committee had the sole power to appoint, they clearly would have, and in fact did, elect Dave Braswell as their choice.”

Although the precinct commitee required to select three nominees, all were guaranteed a spot on the list because they were the only three nominated. A total of 125 precinct committeemen and proxies showed up for the meeting, which means a candidate had to get at least 63 votes in order to be included in the list of nominees.

Braswell was the first to get through with 80 votes, followed by subsequent votes for Klein and Haran.

Gorman resigned her seat on Jan. 25 to run for Arizona’s 3rd Congressional District. The seat is held by U.S. Rep. John Shadegg, who announced he will retire from Congress at the end of his term.

An identical replacement process will take place in District 7 on Feb. 4. Jim Waring, the Phoenix Republican who represented the district in the Senate, resigned his legislative post last month to seek Shadegg’s seat.

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