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Sine Kerr Appointed To Replace State Sen. Steve Montenegro

Residents in legislative District 13 have a new state senator. The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors appointed Sine Kerr to replace Steve Montenegro, who stepped down in December.

Montenegro resigned from his seat to run for U.S. Rep. Trent Franks' now open position in Congress.

Kerr comes to the state Legislature with a background in agriculture. She’s the co-owner of Kerr family farms. Kerr has also chaired the women’s leadership committee of the Arizona Farm Bureau.  

Legislative District 13 spans a large swath of southwest Arizona from Yuma to Buckeye.

Carrie Jung Senior Field Correspondent, Education Desk Carrie Jung began her public radio career in Albuquerque, N.M., where she fell in love with the diverse cultural scene and unique political environment of the Southwest. Jung has been heard on KJZZ since 2013 when she served as a regular contributor to the Fronteras Desk from KUNM Albuquerque. She covered several major stories there including New Mexico's Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage and Albuquerque's failed voter initiative to ban late-term abortions. Jung has also contributed stories about environmental and Native American issues to NPR's Morning Edition, PRI's The World, Al Jazeera America, WNYC's The Takeaway, and National Native News. She earned a bachelor's degree in psychology and a master's in marketing, both from Clemson University. When Jung isn't producing content for KJZZ she can usually be found buried beneath mounds of fabric and quilting supplies. She recently co-authored a book, "Sweet And Simple Sewing," with her mother and sister, who are fabric designers.