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

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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Ray Stern has worked as a newspaper reporter in Arizona for more than two decades. He's won numerous awards for his reporting, including the Arizona Press Club's Don Bolles Award for Investigative Journalism.