Thursday, November 18, 2010

Update on the Redistricting Commission screen process

The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, December 8.  Interviews, both in-person and telephonic, will be conducted.

All of the applications can be viewed here; a list of the candidates who made the first cut is here.

From an email that was forwarded to me (and there was nothing in the email indicating that the information is confidential or not otherwise subject to public disclosure) -
Dear {Name of Applicant}:

Congratulations on your successful completion of the initial phase of the nomination process for the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission. The Commission on Appellate Court Appointments is pleased to invite you to join us for an interview for inclusion on the list to be forwarded for appointments to the Redistricting Commission.

The Commission will conduct interviews on Wednesday, December 8, at the Arizona State Courts Building, 1501 West Washington, Phoenix. Please arrive promptly by 9:00 a.m. and sign in at the reception desk on the 3rd floor. The Commission will interview applicants registered with a Democratic affiliation shortly thereafter. Please allow sufficient time for parking in the Arizona State Capitol Complex and to pass through security screening at the State Courts Building. The attached map highlights the building location and nearby parking lots.

The Commission will pose a few questions and then ask that you offer a one-minute statement explaining why you should be appointed to the Redistricting Commission. We anticipate that your entire interview will last no more than three to five minutes.

Please reply to this email to confirm that you can attend at 9:00 a.m. on December 8. If you cannot appear in person and would like to appear telephonically instead, please reply with a telephone number at which we can reach you between 9:15 and 10:30 that morning.

We look forward to speaking with you on December 8.


Rebecca White Berch
Chief Justice
My respect goes out to applicants of whatever political persuasion (or non-persuasion) who actually travel to Phoenix from the nether reaches of the state for what even the chair of the selection commission admits will take no more than three to five minutes of their time.

In my previous post on this subject, I wrote that the next meeting would be on Monday, December 6.  That information was obviously incorrect (I expect that Chief Justice Berch, who is the chair of the Appellate Courts Appointments Commission, has a pretty solid knowledge of the Commission's meeting schedule :) ) and has been updated.

I'm not sure exactly what time that they will be interviewing the Republican and Independent candidates on the 8th, but it probably won't be any earlier.  :)

At least, I hope not, because I won't be arriving to cover the meeting until almost 9 a.m. :))

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