PHOENIX — Yesterday, the Ducey-appointed Commission on Appellate Court Appointments disregarded the input from concerned Arizonans and selected “Independents” with clear partisan ties as finalists for the IRC Chair:
Thomas Loquvam: former longtime APS general counsel and Maricopa County Republican Party donor whose law firm was paid over $5,500 by Ducey PACs in 2019. He is the brother of former APS lobbyist Jessica Pacheco, who wrote the utility giant’s “playbook” for their multi-million “dark money” efforts to influence Arizona elections and policy.
Robert Wilson: host of an August Trump rally whose application was strongly opposed by multiple community members, including a leader of Friends of Flagstaff’s Future and former County Recorder Candice Owens
Erika Schupak Neuberg: Contributor of nearly $10,000 to Ducey’s campaign and PACs.
Arizona Democratic Party Chair Felecia Rotellini issued the following statement:
“Arizonans of every political background must be ready for a tough fight for fair redistricting maps. The integrity of our redistricting process depends on it.
When Arizonans voted in 2000 for an Independent Redistricting Commission, the goal was to take the partisanship out of the legislative district mapping process. By appointing a disproportionately white and conservative Commission on Appellate Court Appointments, Governor Ducey has already worked to undermine the independence of the IRC. He is doing everything he can to ensure the committee selects finalists for the IRC who are far from representative of Arizona’s diverse population and disconnected from Arizonans’ values and desire for an independent process.
The selection of independent finalists with clear Republican partisan ties is an affront to the spirit and intent of the IRC. By stacking the list of potential independent chairs with partisans, Ducey allies on the Commission for Appellate Court Appointments have demonstrated their willingness to rig the system in favor of their political goals. By tossing aside concerns expressed by everyday Arizonans and putting partisanship above citizenship, they are destroying the public’s trust in the independent process voters demanded. Faith in this process must be restored.”