Process to replace Rep. Roberts beginning slowly

Pinal County Supervisor Jeff McClure, who represents Maricopa in District 4, will help select the successor to State Rep. Bret Roberts, R-Maricopa in the Arizona Legislature after Roberts’ unexpected resignation last week. /Photo Jay Taylor

By Jay Taylor | PinalCentral

Rep. Bret Roberts’ resignation from his Legislative District 11 seat in the Arizona Legislature has kicked off the process of naming his replacement, which will be determined by the Pinal County Board of Supervisors.

According to the Arizona Revised Statutes, legislative vacancies are filled by the county board of supervisors in the county in which the vacated seat lies. Since LD 11 lies in both Pinal and Pima counties, the Pinal County supervisors select the replacement because there are more voters in the district from Pinal than Pima County.

Precinct committee members from the departed legislator’s political party will provide the Pinal County Board of Supervisors up to three candidates from which to choose. Since Roberts is a Republican, his successor will be chosen by the Republican precinct committee members.

The replacement legislator’s term will run until the permanent successor takes office in January 2023.

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