Scottsdale resident Tim Sifert, a former speech writer and constituent services specialist for former Govs. Fife Symington and Jane Hull, announced his candidacy Tuesday for the Arizona Corporation Commission, a powerful agency that regulates the rates that consumers pay for utilities such as telephones, electricity and natural gas.
Sifert, a Republican, said he plans to run for the seat held by Kris Mayes, also a Republican, who was appointed in September by Gov. Janet Napolitano. Mayes replaced commissioner Jim Irvin, who resigned in the middle of an impeachment investigation in the Arizona House of Representatives.
Four of the five seats on the commission are up for grabs this fall, and all four incumbents — Mayes, Bill Mundell, Lowell Gleason and Jeff Hatch-Miller — have indicated they will run.
Although Irvin’s term doesn’t expire until 2006, Mayes must seek election this year because she was appointed.
Sifert will challenge her because he believes "Gov. Napolitano shouldn’t select who runs in the Republican primary," said Camilla Strongin, a campaign aide.
Sifert has lived in Arizona since 1976 and earned a bachelor of arts degree in political science from Thomas More College in New Hampshire and a master’s degree from the Department of Politics at The Catholic University of America.
In 1994 he joined Symington’s staff where he led the Office of Constituent Services. He later assumed the duties of speech writer and communications specialist and was hired by Hull when she took office in 1997.
He is married with six children.