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Antenori chosen to replace Paton

The Pima County Board of Supervisors has filled one open seat in the Legislature only to create another one.

Supervisors appointed Frank Antenori on March 2 to replace Jonathan Paton, who resigned his Senate seat last month to seek election to Congress in Arizona’s 8th Congressional District. The vote was 4-to-1.

Antenori was chosen from a panel of three southern Arizona Republicans, including district chairman Ted Vogt and former Rep. Randy Graf.

Prior to his appointment to the Senate, Antenori was serving in the Arizona House. The Tucson Republican was elected in 2008 to represent District 30. He served on the Government and Health and Human Services committees and was vice-chairman of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.

Antenori’s switch to the Senate opens up a House seat that Pima County supervisors will have to fill this month. Precinct committeemen will choose three possible replacements, from which the board of supervisors will pick a new representative.

In the private sector, Antenori works as a program manager at Raytheon overseeing the development of hybrid vehicles for the military. Before that, he served in the U.S. Army from 1984 until 2004.

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