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Charles Lucking to succeed Amish Shah in Arizona House

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(The Center Square) – The vacancy in the Arizona House of Representatives after former Democratic Rep. Amish Shah stepped down will be filled by local attorney Charles Lucking.

Lucking was appointed by the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors on Wednesday. Mark Robert Gordon and Brianna Westbrook were the other two Democrat options that Legislative District 5 gave to the board.

“Charles Lucking is not only a long-time resident of LD-5, he is also a fifth generation Arizonan with a deep commitment to serving his community,” Supervisor Bill Gates said in a statement. “When interviewing him, it was clear that he will be laser-focused on creating more affordable housing and addressing the budget deficit head on.”

The other LD-5 seat was vacant up until last week, as Democratic Rep. Sarah Ligouri was appointed to replace former Rep. Jennifer Longdon, The Center Square reported.

“I’m very excited and honored to be representing LD 5 in the legislature,” Lucking said in a statement. “Arizona is facing a mountain of very complex challenges, such as our housing crisis. I’m eager to get started doing the hard work as a servant of the people to implement real solutions for all Arizonans.”

Lucking is an attorney for Community Legal Services and previously served in the United States Peace Corps, according to a news release.

“With the appointment of Charles Lucking, Arizona and our caucus has gained a passionate champion who is committed to use his legal expertise to address pressing social issues, including the housing crisis and environmental conservation,” House Democratic Leader Lupe Contreras said in a statement. “Deep roots and unwavering dedication to service, advocacy, and community empowerment will make Representative Lucking an impactful addition to our caucus.”

After Lucking is sworn in, the seat of former Rep. Leezah Sun – the Democrat who resigned in light of ethics violations – will be the only one vacant. Legislative District 22 has selected former state. Sen. Martín Quezada, Elda Luna-Nájera and Natacha Chavez as the three picks to send to the Board of Supervisors, the Arizona Republic reported.

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