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Ducey Appoints 3 Democrats To Arizona Appeals Court Commission

Gov. Doug Ducey named three Democrats to the Arizona Commission on Appellate Court Appointments after months of complaints about a lack of Democratic influence on the commission.

According to the state constitution, the commission is required to reflect the diversity of the state — and Democrats had long argued that the Republican-heavy commission didn’t represent the population. 

The commission will indirectly oversee the state’s 2021 redistricting.

State Democratic Chairwoman Felecia Rotellini says these appointments are critical for a representative government in the coming decade.

"What the independent redistricting commission does will be embedded in our political structure and impact our politics for the next 10 years," Rotellini said. "It’s really significant. We’re hoping that the folks that finally make it through this selection process will be fair and unbiased."

Ducey had left two of the seats vacant since last year. One of the seats has been unfilled since 2017.

The Show spoke with Jeremy Duda of the Arizona Mirror about the significance of Ducey's appointments.

Scott Bourque is a reporter at KJZZ. He got his start in radio working as a reporter, photographer and producer for the American Forces Network, covering the tsunami relief operations in Japan, naval exercises in the Pacific, and combat operations in Afghanistan. He graduated from Northern Arizona University and earned a master’s in journalism from Arizona State’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. While at Cronkite, he helped produce the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award-winning investigative project “Hate in America” as a fellow for News21. For this project, he traveled to Charlottesville, Virginia, to interview parties on both sides of the 2017 “Unite the Right” rally, and Portland, Oregon, where he embedded with the Proud Boys, a far-right activist group, as they held a rally that turned into a riot. As a second-generation native Phoenician, Bourque loves finding and telling the stories that define and shape his hometown. In his spare time, he manages an Instagram page for Chloe, his father’s clumber spaniel, and enjoys the Phoenix area’s vibrant restaurant scene.