Republican precinct committeemen select three replacements to fill State Senate vacancy in LD-4

Tried and true Republican precinct committeemen gathered Monday night in Sun City to choose three individuals to fill the vacancy left by recently resigned State Senator, Scott Bundgaard.

The meeting which was held at the Union Hills Country Club and conducted by the State Republican Party in accordance with Arizona law, began at 6:15 and lasted two hours with two rounds of balloting.

Seven candidates were nominated from the floor knowing that only three would survive the final cut. Those nominated included, State Representative Judy Burges, former NFL pro Tony Bouie, former State Representative Jerry Overton, longtime Republican activist Lyle Tuttle, David Livingston, Eric Spencer and Joy Grainger.

Each candidate was allowed five minutes to speak and make the case for their nomination.

In order to survive a round of balloting, candidates needed 75 votes.

Precinct committeemen proceeded to vote in the first round with the results selecting two candidates: Eric Spencer with 121 votes and Judy Burges with 101 votes. No one else survived the first round and the David Livingston was eliminated as the lowest vote receiver.

In the second round of balloting, Lyle Tuttle surpassed the 75-vote threshold with 77 votes. That concluded the lineup and the meeting was adjourned.

Spencer, Burges and Tuttle now head to the Maricopa County Supervisors who are required to make a final appointment. That appointment may come as early as Wednesday or Thursday.

Based on the vote count totals, that candidate will likely be Eric Spencer. Should the Supervisors appoint Representative Burges, Legislative District 4 Republicans will be required to gather again within a week in order to nominate a replacement to succeed Burges’ House vacancy.

LD-4 Republicans to meet, nominate three individuals for appointment to vacated State Senate seat

From the MCRC Briefs:

State GOP Headquarters has set Monday, Jan. 16 as the date that the LD4 precinct committeemen will elect three nominees to be submitted to the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors for selection to fill the senate vacancy left by the sudden resignation of Sen. Scott Bundgaard during last week’s senate ethics hearing. The election will be held in conjunction with the regularly scheduled LD4 meeting at the Union Hills Country Club, 9845 W. Union Hills Drive, Sun City. More details will be forth coming. Election Contact: Phil Mason at Republican Party headquarters (See ARS 41-1202. Vacancy in legislature; precinct committeemen; appointment; definition at for procedure details.

Two-term LD4 State Representative Judy Burges is seeking appointment to the LD4 senate seat that was vacated Friday when Sen. Scott Bundgaard resigned during the middle of an ethics hearing. Burges, elected in 2004, is currently serving her last year in the AZ House. Although not yet officially announced, she planned to run for the senate at the end of her term as a Representative. She currently serves as Chairman of the Government Committee that hears more bills than any other committee in the House of Representatives. As a legislator Burges has received “Champion of the Taxpayer” recognition, twice named “Legislator of the Year”, has been honored by the Goldwater Institute, the Pachyderm Coalition, Arizona Liberty Project, National Federation of Independent Business, Taxpayers for Prosperity; and has been named a ‘Friend of the Family’ every year since taking office. She has served on numerous legislative and district committees. Her husband Robert is a past chairman of LD4 Republicans and is currently a GOP state committeeman.

LD4 Precinct Committeeman and past Second Vice Chairman Eric Spencer is seeking the senate seat vacated by Sen. Scott Bundgaard. Spencer, currently an attorney with Snell & Wilmer, was a Captain in the US Army (Infantry), served in Operation Iraqi Freedom in Baghdad in 2005-06 earning the Bronze Star. He earned Oak Leaf Clusters for Commendations and Achievement, a Parachutist Badge, a Combat Infantry Badge, Global War on Terrorism Service Ribbons, and other awards and decorations too numerous to list. The US Army Airborne School graduate has degrees from the University of California (Magna Cum Laude), a Juris Doctor from Duke University School of Law and a Master Degree from Harvard University. He has attended three Republican National Conventions and served as Chair and Vice-Chair of the U of A College Republicans. He and his wife have a son.

Other LD4 Senate replacement candidate information will be provided as Briefs receives their resumes. Reports that Tony Bouie and Joy Graniger and Jerry Overton have tossed their hats into their ring have been confirmed by LD4 officials.

Statement by Scott Bundgaard Attorney

CONTACT: Mark Goldman

(PHOENIX, ARIZ.) – “Charging Scott with two misdemeanors makes it obvious they have no case and are merely trying to justify whatever time they spent during this extraordinarily prolonged investigation. ‘Reckless’ is a way to describe these charges and this investigation. Scott has maintained his innocence from the outset, even taking a successful lie detector test to reinforce this truth. He will be exonerated.” – Mark Goldman

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LD-4 GOP endorses

Here are the LD 4 Republican endorsements – PDF file.

Unanimous endorsements for the Sept. 2, 2008 primary election went to:

Congressional District (CD) 1 Candidate Sydney Hay,
CD2 Rep. Trent Franks,
CD3 Rep. John Shadegg,
Legislative District (LD) 4 Senator Jack Harper,
LD4 Representatives Judy Burges and Tom Boone,
Maricopa County (MC) Supervisor Max Wilson,
MC Sheriff Joe Arpaio,
MC Attorney Andrew Thomas,
MC Treasurer Hos Hoskins,
MC Hospital Board Candidate Bick Bicknell and
MC Community College Board Candidate Paul Srch.