PHOENIX (AP) – The Cochise County Supervisory Board has chosen a replacement for a Republican lawmaker who resigned last month.
On Friday, the board chose Republican Lupe Diaz to replace Rep. Becky Nutt from three candidates they interviewed for the job.
Diaz was born and raised in Bisbee and is pastor and director of Grace Chapel / Grace Christian Academy in Benson. He also sits on Benson City Council, but will have to resign because state law prohibits holding both a legislative seat and another elected office at the same time, except for a position on a school board.
Diaz previously served two terms as President and CEO of the Benson / San Pedro Valley Chamber of Commerce. He will serve the remaining year on Nutt’s term.
Nutt has served in the Legislative Assembly since 2017, representing Legislative District 14. The Republican-dominated district includes all of Cochise and Greenlee counties, most of Graham County, and easternmost Pima County. . She gave no reason to step down halfway through her second term.
State law required the board to choose a Republican for the seat because Nutt is a member of the GOP.
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