Marie Lopez Rogers, Avondale's former mayor, is running for a seat on the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors -- and a unanimous decision today by board supervisors to appoint her temporarily to the board just gave her campaign a major boost.
The seat on the board was left vacant by Supervisor Mary Rose Wilcox, who resigned to run for a seat in Arizona's Seventh Congressional District which opened up when longtime Congressman Ed Pastor decided to retire.
Former Phoenix Councilman Michael Johnson, a local attorney Otilia Diaz and Christina Arzaga-Williams, who was a policy advisor for former Corporation Commissioner Sandra Kennedy, applied to fill the vacancy but didn't make the cut.
Rogers, Johnson, and Senator Steve Gallardo are all running in the August election to fill the Board of Supervisor's District 5 seat. That election will determine who will finish off Wilcox's original term through 2016.
Wilcox was elected to the District 5 seat in 2012.
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"I am thankful to be blessed with this opportunity to continue serving my community," Lopez Rogers said in a statement. "As Mayor [of Avondale], I learned that working together with community members and leaders can bring great results. I look forward to bringing that same loving and cooperative style of leadership to the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors."
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