State Election Eirector to Step Down
PHOENIX - Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett today announced that Amy B. Chan will be stepping down as State Election Director next month. She is leaving to devote more time to her family, including her 10-month-old son Steven and new baby she and her husband Keith Chan are expecting in March 2014. Mrs. Chan was appointed Election Director by Secretary Bennett in March 2009.
Christina Estes-Werther, currently serving as Governor Brewer’s Deputy General Counsel, has been appointed by Secretary Bennett as Election Director. She will begin on October 21, 2013.
“The most important thing in our life is our family,” said Secretary Bennett. “I applaud Amy’s decision to spend as much time with her young family as possible. Over the years, Amy has been an integral part of our office and has served the state with honor and distinction. She has been responsible for countless improvements to our system of elections and is well respected throughout the elections community. She has truly exemplified what it means to be a public servant. Amy’s departure leaves some big shoes to fill, and I’m confident that Christina will meet the challenge.”
“While I am looking forward to taking care of myself and my family by scaling back my work duties, I am very sorry to be leaving the Secretary’s office and particularly the Elections family,” said Mrs. Chan. “I continue to be impressed by Secretary Bennett’s integrity and dedication to helping Arizona voters, and I know Christina will be able to step in and continue to support him in that mission.
“In my time as Director, I believe we have established the best Election Division we have ever had. I am pleased to be leaving the office in the hands of such a capable team, and would especially like to recognize Kris Kingsmore for her leadership throughout my tenure and into this transition.”
Serving as Deputy General Counsel for Governor Brewer, Mrs. Estes-Werther assists with legal matters concerning the Office of the Governor. She graduated from University of Arizona with a bachelor's degree in Family Studies and Human Development and earned her juris doctorate from Gonzaga University School of Law in Spokane, Washington.