FLORENCE – Neal Carter was appointed to fill the remainder of the late Frank Pratt’s term as state representative in District 8, and Teresa Martinez was appointed state representative in District 11 to fill the vacancy left by the resignation of Bret Roberts.
The Pinal County Board of Supervisors made the appointments Wednesday.
Supervisor Jeff Serdy, R-Apache Junction, expressed thanks to the precinct committeemen who nominated candidates for each seat. He said all the nominees were good, and in his 10 months on the board, it’s probably the most difficult decision he’s had to make.
Vice Chairman Mike Goodman, R-San Tan Valley, asked that the new appointees follow Pratt’s example of keeping in close contact with local officials about the needs of their communities.
District 11 covers the city of Maricopa, western Casa Grande as well as Arizona City, Red Rock, part of Eloy, Marana and Saddlebrooke, plus areas into Pima County, north of Tucson. District 8 encompasses the majority of Pinal County and a portion of Gila County.
Carter, an attorney and business owner, has been a homeowner in San Tan Valley since 2010. He volunteers in a variety of ways, including at Arizona State Prison in Florence, as a council advocate for the Knights of Columbus in San Tan Valley, for Compassion Queen Creek, as general counsel for the Pinal County Republican Committee and as counsel for the San Tan Valley Advisory Council. Carter is also a founding board member of the Central Arizona Symphony.
He said in his letter of interest to the Board of Supervisors he represented the Coolidge Veterans Commission free of charge and won a Pinal County Superior Court jury verdict on their behalf, and assists individual veterans in obtaining their rightful benefits.
Martinez, born and raised in Casa Grande, has worked on behalf of and with the Republican Party for 18 years and currently works for U.S. Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Prescott. As Gosar’s director of coalitions and Hispanic outreach, she promotes awareness of and improves access to Gosar’s office and federal services. She further engages with groups involved in charitable, environmental, political, minority and social issues.
She told the board in her letter of interest that she wants to be a state representative because she wants “to do the work” — on water issues, dust, parental choice, roads, election integrity and more.
“Pinal County needs someone who is willing to put the needs of Pinal County first, before the needs of special interest groups or other counties,” Martinez’s letter said. “We need someone who will fight for Pinal County and I am definitely a fighter.”