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Wide range of finalists for state Supreme Court

Arizona Supreme Court Chief Justice Robert M. Brutinel, center, speaks during oral arguments, Tuesday, April 20, 2021, in Phoenix as Vice Chief Justice Ann A. Scott Timmer, left, and Justice Clint Bolick listen. Gov. Doug Ducey is considering seven applicants finalists to fill a seat vacated by former Justice Andrew Gould, who resigned to run for Attorney General. /AP Photo/Matt York

By Kyra Haas | Arizona Capitol Times 

A former Phoenix Suns ball boy, a musician, an immigrant from Canada and a mother of school-aged children all have one thing in common – they’re finalists to be on the Arizona Supreme Court.  

Gov. Doug Ducey has until mid-July to choose his sixth Arizona Supreme Court justice from a list of seven submitted by the Commission on Appellate Court Appointments.   

The new justice will fill the seat of previous Ducey appointee Andrew Gould, who retired from the bench earlier this year to run for attorney general. 

 Ducey’s shortlist has five women and two men on it – he has yet to appoint a woman to the state’s high court. No Democrats applied. The choices are:  

  • Cynthia J. Bailey, a Republican Court of Appeals judge.  
  • David J. Euchner, a Libertarian Pima County public defender. 
  • Kathryn H. King, a Republican in private practice at BurnsBarton PLC.  
  • Jennifer M. Perkins, a Republican Court of Appeals judge.  
  • Adele G. Ponce, a Republican Maricopa County Superior Court judge.  
  • Patricia A. Starr, an Independent Maricopa County Superior Court judge.  
  • David D. Weinzweig, an Independent Court of Appeals judge.  

Arizona Capitol Times took a closer look at three finalists last week – Bailey, Euchner and King – and now turns its attention to the other four.  


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