Friday, June 28, 2013

Campbell appoints Cid Kallen to the Independent Redistricting Commission

Campbell appoints Cid Kallen to the Independent Redistricting Commission

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX House Minority Leader Chad Campbell, D-Phoenix (District 24), today announced that he selected Yuma resident Cid Kallen to serve on Arizona’s Independent Redistricting Commission.

“I selected Mr. Kallen because I know he will serve our state well in this role. He brings a unique perspective to the commission with his background and professional experiences,” Campbell said.  "He is an upstanding member of our community who served our country honorably as a United States Marine, and I have no doubt he will continue serving Arizona honorably on the IRC."

Kallen is an attorney with a general practice in Yuma. He is currently on the Los Abogados Hispanic Bar Association Board of Directors. Additionally, he was the founding president of the Hispanic Law Students Association at the Phoenix School of Law.

His service on the commission begins immediately. The IRC is responsible for creating Arizona’s congressional and legislative districts. In 2000, the voters of Arizona passed an initiative that removed this responsibility from the Legislature and transferred it to a citizen commission. The IRC has five members, two Republicans, two Democrats and one Independent. In his capacity as the minority leader of the Arizona House of Representatives, Campbell was responsible for appointing one member to the commission. Recently, Campbell’s appointee resigned. The Arizona Constitution requires Campbell to appoint his replacement.

“I applaud the efforts of all the candidates for this seat on the commission. Their commitment to fair elections is commendable,” Campbell said. “Ensuring that Arizona’s congressional and legislative districts are inclusive of all the people will help move our state forward.”


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