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Few apply for IRC chair

It seems few people are interested in signing up for a full-time, unpaid job that will immediately make them one of the most controversial people in the state.

The Commission on Appellate Court Appointments, which is tasked with nominating candidates for the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission, has only received four applications for the vacant chairman’s post, and one is likely ineligible, according to Arizona Supreme Court spokeswoman Jennifer Liewer.

The commission is seeking candidates to replace ousted IRC Chairwoman Colleen Mathis, whom Gov. Jan Brewer and the Senate removed from office on Nov. 1.

The deadline for applying is 5 p.m. Tuesday.

The appellate commission received two applications last week and two more on Monday. One of the initial applicants did not meet the requirement that they be registered as an independent for at least three years, Liewer said, and will likely be disqualified by the appellate commission. The commission won’t declare anyone ineligible until after it has had a chance to review all the applications.

Liewer said she expects more applications to come in before the deadline. It’s typical, she said, to “see applications coming in later rather than earlier.”

The Arizona Constitution requires the appellate commission to nominate three candidates for any IRC vacancy. The four remaining redistricting commissioners – two Democrats and two Republicans – will vote on Mathis’ replacement.

Meanwhile, Mathis continues her fight in the court system to keep her job. Mathis is suing to overturn her ouster as IRC chair. The Arizona Supreme Court scheduled oral arguments in the case for 2 p.m. Thursday.

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