22 applied for Maricopa County supervisors seat, 7 land interviews and 1 will fill vacant spot – AZCentral.com

The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors will interview a mix of former local elected officials, developers and lawyers for the open position on the board.

The supervisors will appoint one of the seven applicants they interview on Friday for the spot vacated by former Supervisor Steve Chucri, who resigned earlier this month.

The interviews will not be open to the public. It’s possible that the supervisors could vote to approve an appointment at a public meeting as early as Wednesday, Dec. 8.

Chucri was a Republican who represented District 2, which covers the eastern side of the county including parts of Mesa and Scottsdale, so the person they appoint must be a Republican who lives in that area.

Chucri resigned after secret recordings were released of him talking about his suspicions of voter fraud and slamming his colleagues after the November 2020 election. He has since apologized for his comments and said he doesn’t believe fraud changed the outcome of the election.

The appointee will serve until voters elect someone new to the seat in November 2022. That person will be sworn in within 90 days of the canvass of the election, and serve out the remainder of Chucri’s term until January 2025.

Twenty-two people applied for the spot. The supervisors reviewed the applicants separately, and some conducted phone interviews, before their chiefs of staff collaborated on a final list for interviews, according to a county spokesperson.

Here are the candidates:

  • Thomas Galvin: A land use attorney for Rose Law Group.
  • Christopher Glover: A Mesa City Council member from 2011 to 2019.
  • Suzanne Klapp: A Scottsdale City Council member from 2009 to 2021.
  • Daniel Mahoney: A corporate lawyer for Snell & Wilmer.
  • Cory Mishkin: Chief operating officer at Cambridge Properties, a real estate development company.
  • Thomas O’Malley: Senior vice president at Robson Communities, a real estate development company.
  • Vernon Parker: A former Paradise Valley mayor who runs The VBP Group, a business consulting firm.

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