The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors today appointed attorney and school board member Martin Quezada to the House of Representatives.
Quezada will replace Richard Miranda, who resigned in February. Quezada, who had already filed to run in the new District 29, which covers the Avondale, Maryvale and Tolleson areas, will serve out the remainder of Miranda’s term in the old District 13.
“I am humbled and appreciative,” Quezada said in a press statement from the board of supervisors. “I will work hard for the people of the district.”
Quezada serves on the Pendergast Elementary School Board of Governors, the Maryvale Village Planning Committee, the West Phoenix Revitalization Community Advisory Board and the Los Diablos chapter of the Arizona State University Alumni Association. Quezada, a former House research analyst, ran for an LD13 House seat in 2010 but lost in the Democratic primary.
The appointment leaves Quezada in a strong position for the 2012 House race. Incumbent Democratic Rep. Anna Tovar is running for the district’s Senate seat and only one other Democrat has filed to run for the House in LD29. Quezada is an ally of Sen. Steve Gallardo, D-Phoenix, who endorsed him for the appointment.