The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors solved one problem Monday morning and freely admitted creating another.
In a unanimous vote of the board, Rep. Judy Burges of Sun City West, R-District 4, was chosen to fill the vacancy left in the state Senate after Sen. Scott Bundgaard resigned two weeks ago. Burges will now vacate her seat to take Bundgaard’s.
“Of course we realize this creates a vacancy in the House,” said Supervisor Don Stapley. “We’ll just have to ask the District 4 precinct committeemen to go back to work as quickly as possible and send us three more candidates to fill it.”
Burges was chosen over nominees Eric Spencer and Lyle Tuttle. Supervisor Andrew Kunasek made the motion to pick Burges, saying he felt the board needed to go with the most experienced candidate.
“In my opinion, it would be most appropriate for her to fill this vacancy,” he said.
Burges said she is looking forward to a move from the House to the Senate.
“Hopefully, I can get started over there sometime this week,” she said. “It’s time to crack the books and get to it.”
Board Chairman Max Wilson prefaced the Board of Supervisors’ vote by thanking the men and women of District 4 for their hard work.
“They sent us three outstanding candidates,” Wilson said. “We’ve interviewed all three, and all three are more than qualified.”
Wilson said the Board of Supervisors prioritized not only experience, but also the willingness of the candidate to run for election to the seat in November. Burges said she believes she had all the qualities the board was looking for.
“Not only have I served over seven years, I also filed paperwork to run again,” she said. “That creates a continuity I think is important.”
Burges said she is unsure who is the favorite to take her place in the House.
“We’re just going to have to wait and see who steps up to the plate,” she said.
Burges also was complimentary of fellow nominee Spencer, who was also in attendance at Monday’s board meeting.
“He’s a wonderful young man,” she said. “He would be a definite asset to the Legislature.”
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