Arizona Democratic Party Urges IRC to Disqualify Republican Operatives in Executive Director Search

Updated: Mar 22


UPDATE: 03/17/21:

Republican Brian Schmitt was selected as Executive Director for the Arizona Independent Redistricting Committee:

https://ktar.com/story/4182890/arizona-redistricting-commission-selects-executive-director/


As the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission prepares to interview the five finalists for Executive Director during tomorrow's meeting, the Arizona Democratic Party is asking that they disqualify two finalists with ties to GOP elected officials. As a citizen, you are invited to watch the public meeting, AND to submit comments to the commissioners.


Visit https://publicmeetings.az.gov/content/notice-and-agenda-regular-meeting-and-executive-session-0 to get the link to the live stream and the agenda for the meeting.


The meeting will be held virtually on Tuesday, March 16, 2021 beginning at 9:00 a.m.


The following link for public comments will be activated during the meeting soon after the start of the meeting until just before adjournment two hours later. https://forms.gle/pnuA5Sju8efqVdFKA.


The AZ Democratic Party's full release is below:

Release: Arizona Democratic Party Urges IRC to Disqualify Republican Operatives in Executive Director Search


PHOENIX – Tomorrow, the Independent Redistricting Commission (IRC) will meet and interview five candidates for Executive Director (ED), a position critical to the management of the IRC and the success of its efforts to engage diverse communities throughout Arizona in the redistricting process. Included in the list of finalists are two candidates whose work experience and close ties to GOP elected officials raise significant concerns:


Trevor Abarzua, a 2015 graduate of ASU, began his career on the 2016 campaign of Sen. John McCain, followed by an almost two-year stint in Governor Ducey’s office. While in his current role at a state agency, Mr. Abarzua