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West Valley Democrats select candidates to replace Leezah Sun in AZ House

West Valley Democrats met Monday night to nominate three candidates to fill a vacant House seat in Legislative District 22.

Democrats nominated Tolleson Unified High School Board President Elda Luna-Najera, political organizer Natacha Chavez and former state Sen. Martin Quezada to fill the vacancy in the district, which covers parts of Phoenix, Avondale, Tolleson and Goodyear.

One of the three will be chosen by the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors to replace former Rep. Leezah Sun, who resigned on Jan. 31, minutes before her colleagues were set to vote on a motion to expel her.

The resignation came after a House ethics panel found Sun violated House rules and abused her position in interactions with lobbyists, city officials and school district officials. 

The Board of Supervisors will meet on Feb. 14 to fill the vacancy in LD22 and a separate vacancy in LD5.

Wayne Schutsky is a broadcast field correspondent covering Arizona politics on KJZZ. He has over a decade of experience as a journalist reporting on local communities in Arizona and the state Capitol.