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Pima County supervisors fill Patterson House vacancy

Former Rep. Daniel Patterson (Photo by Evan Wyloge/Arizona Capitol Times)

TUCSON — The Pima County Board of Supervisors has selected Tucson attorney and registered independent Nicholas Fontana to fill a vacancy in the Arizona House.

With the supervisors’ action Monday, KVOA-TV reports that Fontana replaces Daniel Patterson, who resigned from the Legislature rather than face a scheduled expulsion vote.

Patterson was elected as a Democrat but he had re-registered as an independent before leaving the Legislature.

That meant the Pima County board had to appoint an independent to replace Patterson , who re-registered again as a Democrat after his resignation.

The Arizona Daily Star reported previously that Fontana changed his registration from Democrat to independent for the appointment.

He was among possible replacements recommended by a five-person committee appointed by the supervisors.

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