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Maricopa supervisors to pick Bundgaard’s replacement today

Former Senator Scott Bundgaard's empty seat (Photo by Evan Wyloge/Arizona Capitol Times)

The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors will meet this morning to pick a replacement for Sen. Scott Bundgaard, who resigned earlier this month in the midst of an ethics hearing into a domestic violence incident he had with a girlfriend last year.

The board will meet at 10 a.m. and will choose from one of three candidates who were nominated a week ago by Republican activists in Legislative District 4.

Whoever is appointed is likely to take his or her oath in the Senate this afternoon.

Precinct committeemen nominated Rep. Judy Burges, attorney Eric Spencer and former district chairman Lyle Tuttle.

Spencer is an Iraq war veteran and was received the most votes among seven candidates during the Jan. 16 meeting.

Burges, who touted her experience and vowed to continue to push back against what she sees as federal overreach, came in second.

Tuttle was picked in a second round of voting.

Bundgaard’s resignation on Jan. 6 prompted the district election.

The Peoria Republican was facing an ethics inquiry and turned in his resignation letter just before he was scheduled to take the witness stand and testify in his own defense. Bundgaard was accused of breaching ethical rules during and after the February 2011 physical altercation with a girlfriend on the side of a Phoenix freeway.

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