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Independent Redistricting Commission Offers Job To Executive Director

The Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission made an offer for a new executive director on Wednesday after a 3-2 vote.

The offer was made to Brian Schmitt, who spent the last decade as the chief of staff to Republican Phoenix City Councilman Jim Waring.

Commission Chair Erika Neuberg says she is confident Schmitt will be fair and balanced.

“I feel that with the checks and balances, and with the information that we received, I am very comfortable with this choice,” said Neuberg.

The decision has drawn criticism from Democrats in the Arizona Legislature.

They point out that Schmitt failed to disclose $60,000 given to him by former Sen. Martha McSally’s campaign, and funds from the Republican National Committee.

Schmitt will not have a vote when it comes to redrawing congressional and legislative boundaries.

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Vaughan Jones is the weekend reporter for KJZZ, and a graduate of ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in sports journalism, with a minor in music. As a Phoenix native, Jones’s dream is to serve his community by covering important stories in the metropolitan area.He spent two years as music director at Blaze Radio, ASU’s student-run radio station. His passion for radio stems from joining Blaze his freshman year as a DJ.When he is not working, Jones can be found writing music with his band, playing video games with his friends, or watching his favorite Phoenix-area sports teams.