Arizona Eagletarian

Arizona Eagletarian

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Redistricting -- 19 applied to serve on the AIRC UPDATED 1:20pm MST 11/16

Nineteen people filed applications with the Appellate Courts Commission on Appointments by this afternoon's deadline. Three will make it onto a short list to fill the temporarily vacant chair position on the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission.

The names are listed below, with a link below that to the website where you may view the applications.

From the courts:

The public is asked for comments on 19 applicants for Arizona’s Independent Redistricting Commission, which is mapping Arizona’s congressional and legislative districts.

The person who fills this vacancy will serve as the chair of the Redistricting Commission.

The Commission on Appellate Court Appointments will review the applications and nominate a pool of three candidates to be provided to the Independent Redistricting Commission. The new member will be chosen by the four members already serving on the redistricting Commission.

All of the applicants are registered Independents:

Alton A. Briggs, Scottsdale -- his statement of interest is missing.
James P. Buesing, Peoria
Linda Buscemi, Phoenix
James J. Di Rienzo, Prescott -- apparently a registered Republican
Michael F. Doyle, Cave Creek -- appears to be solid Republican
John M. Fife III, Tucson
Paige Heavey, Phoenix
Daniela Larson, Tucson -- very young
Eden B. Lewkowitz, Phoenix -- very young
Anthony W. Merrill, Chandler -- current member of Republican Lawyer's Association
Dale W. Mukavetz, Chandler -- only became a registered Independent in 2010, Republican before that.
Milford M. Rimmer, Scottsdale -- appears to be solid Republican
David L. Roberts, Scottsdale -- publishes White Mtn Independent newspaper, close with LD5 Republican lawmakers
Margarita Silva, Laveen
Don P. Snider, Phoenix withdrew his application 11/16
Stanley J. Usinowicz, Lake Havasu City                                                                                         
Stephen R. Weston, Sr., Waddell -- appears to be solid Republican
Marshall W. Whitmire, Camp Verde
Gregory M. Zamora, Tempe -- very young

Their applications can be viewed online at

The applications will be reviewed at a public meeting on November 22. The meeting will be held at the Arizona State Courts Building in Phoenix, 1501 W. Washington, Conf. Rm. 101, beginning at 10:00 a.m. Citizens may address the Appellate Commission at
that time or send written comments to 1501 W. Washington, Suite 221, Phoenix, AZ 85007.

The Appellate Commission will vote at the November 22 meeting on the applicants to be interviewed for the vacancy on the Redistricting Commission. Interviews are planned for November 28, with voting on nominations to follow the interviews.


Of course, in the event the Arizona Supreme Court does the right thing and restores Colleen Mathis to her position as chair, the applications and the nomination process becomes moot and will be cancelled.



An initial scan of the applications shows some apparent problems. Besides the fact that at least three of the people seem to be very young and inexperienced, Briggs and Mukavetz have missing pages, DiRienzo is apparently still registered Republican and Anthony Merrill is a member of the Arizona Republican Lawyer's Association. 

No doubt Republicans will find some of the applicants unacceptable for other reasons.

Vetting will continue. None of the problems listed has been confirmed as of yet. The list of problems is also not complete.

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