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PRESS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
March 14, 2006
For more information, contact Jim Drake at (602) 542-0681

Sec. of State Brewer Seeks Qualified Applicants to fill Clean Elections Vacancy

Potential Candidates Should Apply with Sec. Brewer’s Office to Become Commissioner

PHOENIX -- Secretary of State Jan Brewer today announced a new search for applicants to be considered for appointment as Clean Election Commissioner to fill the recent vacancy left by Flagstaff Republican Clark R. Dierks. Commissioner Dierks was appointed to the commission in January, but resigned on March 8 th due to health reasons. Upon appointment, the new candidate will be expected to fill the position immediately, with the term expiring on January 31, 2011.

“Potential candidates must meet strict criteria as listed in state statute,” stated Secretary Brewer. “I am very interested in candidates who can bring fairness and consistency to this process.”

The candidates for Commissioner must meet the following criteria per Arizona Revised Statute:

  • Shall not be a member of the Democratic Party;
  • Shall have been registered to vote continuously recorded for at least five years immediately preceding appointment with the same political party or as an independent;
  • Shall be committed to enforcing the Act in an honest, independent and impartial fashion and to seek to uphold public confidence in the integrity of the electoral system;
  • Shall be a qualified elector who has not, in the previous five years in the state, been appointed to, been elected to, or run for any public office, including precinct committeeman, or served as an officer of a political party;
  • No commissioner, during his or her tenure or for three years thereafter, shall seek or hold any other public office, serve as an officer of a political party;
  • No commissioner, during his or her tenure or for three years thereafter, shall seek or hold any other public office, serve as an officer of any political committee, or employ or be employed as a lobbyist.

To apply, forms and other related materials are available from the Secretary of State's office by calling (602) 542-0681. Information and applications are also available at the Secretary of State's Web site at www.azsos.gov. Click on the “Office of the Secretary” link. Applications and related material should be postmarked or hand delivered to the Secretary of State office by 2 p.m., March 31, 2006.

Secretary of State Jan Brewer
Clean Elections Application
1700 W. Washington Street, 7th Floor
Phoenix, Arizona 85007-2888

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