Gov. Jan Brewer will have to choose among two Republicans and one Democrat for the newest member of the Arizona Supreme Court.
Members of the Commission on Appellate Court Appointments today nominated:
- Ann Scott Timmer, judge of the state Court of Appeals;
- Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Douglas Rayes;
- Court of Appeals Judge Diane Johnsen.
Constitutional provisions now give Brewer, who must select from that list, 60 days to make her choice.
But the list is probably shorter than it seems.
Timmer and Rayes are Republicans; Johnsen is a Democrat. And in her two prior appointments to the high court, Brewer chose someone from her own Republican Party.
Whoever Brewer chooses will replace Justice Andrew Hurwitz who resigned in June after the Senate confirmed his appointment to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals by President Obama.
Today's nominations followed a day-long session of screening the nine finalists.