In what Chairman Don Stapley acknowledged is becoming a regular event for the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, the group on Feb. 17 chose another new state lawmaker.
Amanda A. Reeve, a paralegal with Bryan Cave, LLP, was unanimously chosen to replace Sam Crump, who resigned his Legislative District 6 House seat to run for Arizona’s 3rd Congressional District.
“I hope I will do you justice out there,” Reeve told the supervisors moments after being chosen from a panel of three candidates.
Reeve is the third lawmaker appointed this year by the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors. The supervisors on Feb. 8 appointed David Braswell to the District 6 Senate seat left vacant by Pamela Gorman. On Feb. 10, the supervisors appointed Ed Bunch to the District 7 Senate seat left vacant by Jim Waring. Gorman and Waring will be running against Crump in Arizona’s 3rd Congressional District.
Supervisor Andy Kunasek offered the motion to appoint Reeve. Supervisors Fulton Brock, Don Stapley and Max Wilson voted in favor of her appointment. Supervisor Mary Rose Wilcox was not present for the vote.
Kunasek said she is ready and “she’ll do a great job.”
Stapley said he’s “very impressed and excited for her to get the budget done.”
Reeve, who is active at the grassroots level of the Republican Party, said she hasn’t fully developed positions on the budget or specific legislative priorities at this point. She painted her budget philosophy in broad strokes, saying she is a fiscal conservative who supports tax cuts.
Reeve said she plans to seek election to the seat later this year.
“I think it would be an injustice not to run,” said Reeve.
Kunasek complimented the other two candidates, U.S. Army Officer Steve H. Kaiser and trauma surgeon Patrick J. O’Neill, by saying they are both qualified and ready to serve. The three nominees were chosen by Republican precinct committeemen earlier this month.
Home state: Colorado
Moved to Arizona: 2000
City of residence: Phoenix
Education: B.A. in communication studies, California State University, Sacramento, 2000; M.S. in environmental management technology, Arizona State University, pending 2011.
Employment: Paralegal, Bryan Cave LLP, 2000-present
Political Background: Member, Paradise Valley Village Planning Committee, city of Phoenix; precinct captain, elected precinct committeeman, elected state committeeman, Legislative District 6; former chair, North Valley Young Republicans; former Arizona Young Republican League liaison to the Teenage Young Republicans (TARS)
Marital Status: Single