* - Pending the decision of the Arizona Supreme Court in the lawsuit over the removal of the original chair, Independent Colleen Mathis, by the governor and her Republican colleagues in the Arizona Senate.
If the court does the right thing, the applications will be moot. However, this is Arizona. Be hopeful (the AZ judiciary actually has a pretty good reputation), but don't hold your breath.
Nineteen people have applied for the Independent position on the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission (AIRC). It became (sort of, depending on the AZ Supreme Court's decision this week) vacant when Jan Brewer and the 21 Republicans in the State Senate railroaded Colleen Mathis off of the AIRC in an effort to usurp the authority of the Independent Redistricting Commission.
Pending the court's decision, the Arizona Commission on Appellate Court Appointments, which screens applicants, will meet on November 22 (next Tuesday as of this writing) to discuss the applications and decide which applicants should be interviewed at a meeting on November 28. At that meeting, they will decide upon a list of three names to forward to the other four members of the AIRC for their consideration.
The nineteen applicants are:
Alton Briggs of Scottsdale, retired
James Buesing of Peoria, lawyer
Linda Buscemi of Phoenix, psychologist/counselor
James DiRienzo of Prescott, adjunct professor at Embry-Riddle
Michael Doyle of Cave Creek, retired, and a former member of the Sheriff's Posse
John M. Fife III of Tucson, teacher
Paige Heavey of Phoenix, real estate, former member of WISH List, the Republican counterpart to Emily's List
Daniela Larson of Tucson, graduate research assistant
Eden Lewkowitz of Phoenix, instructional assistant
Anthony Merrill of Chandler, lawyer
Dale Mukavetz of Chandler, retired
Milford Rimmer of Scottsdale, self-employed technical sales
David Roberts of Scottsdale (legal address), editor at White Mountain Publishing
Margarita Silva of Laveen, lawyer (note: Ms. Silva was a candidate for this position during the initial start up phase of this year's AIRC)
Don Snider of Phoenix, an executive with a non-profit foundation
Stanley Usinowitz of Lake Havasu City, self employed
Stephen Weston Sr. of Waddell, training consultant
Marshall Whitmire of Camp Verde, self-employed
Gregory Zamora of Tempe, legal assistant
Public comment on the applicants will be accepted, so feel free to examine the applications. I know I will be.