Tolleson Vice Mayor Anna Tovar to Replace Quitter Phoenix Lawmaker Steve Gallardo

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Anna Tovar, the 34-year-old vice mayor of Tolleson, was today named to replace former Phoenix legislator Steve Gallardo, who quit his post despite recently winning a fourth term.

According to a recent article in Latino Perspectives Magazine, Tovar began lobbying for Gallardo's seat soon after he vacated it, urging supporters to write to County Supervisor Mary Rose Wilcox. In a meeting this morning, all five county supervisors voted for Tovar. The Latino article also speculates on why Gallardo quit:

Word is that Gallardo was stung by his being cut out of a House leadership role, which went to Rep. David Lujan, House leader, and Kyrsten Sinema, who is assistant House leader.

Tovar beat out Hispanic activist Lydia Hernandez, who was also recommended to county supervisros by a panel of citizens despite legal problems that included a suspected 1999 human smuggling case.

In an Arizona Republic article, Tovar says she's ready for her new challenge and ready to get down the "nitty-gritty" of the 2009 legislative session.

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