2019 Board of Governors Candidate's Statement

The Board of Governors elections are conducted online. Does the State Bar have your email address of record? (Rule 32(c)(3), Ariz.R.S.Ct.)

Elections will be held this year in the following Board Districts:

  • District 1:  Apache, Coconino, Mohave and Navajo Counties will NOT hold an election as President-Elect Brian Furuya will automatically ascend to the office of president in June 2019
  • District 2:  1 Board Seat Available: Yavapai County will elect one Governor to a two-year term
  • District 3:  1 Board Seat Available: Gila, Graham and Greenlee Counties will elect one Governor to a three-year term
  • District 4:  1 Board Seat Available: Cochise County will elect one Governor to a one-year term
  • District 5:  2 Board Seats Available: Pima and Santa Cruz Counties will elect one Governor to a one-year term and one Governor to a two-year term
  • District 6:  7 Board Seats Available: Maricopa County will elect two Governors to one-year terms, two Governors to two-year terms, and three Governors to three-year terms
  • District 7:  1 Board Seat Available: La Paz and Yuma Counties will elect one Governor to a two-year term
  • District 8:  1 Board Seat Available: Pinal County will elect one Governor to a three-year term

Recent amendments to Rule 32, Ariz.R.S.Ct.:

• Effective January 1, 2017, Active out-of-state Members may vote in the District of their most recent Arizona residence or place of business or, if none, in Bar District 6. (Rule 32(e)(2)(D))

• Effective 2019, all sitting Governors’ terms conclude and elections will be held in all eight Board Districts.  In Districts with more than one Governor, and in certain Districts, the Governors’ terms will be staggered.  Incumbents would be eligible to run for re-election. (Rule 32(e)(2) and (4))

The candidate bios and responses to the following questions follow.

  • Why are you interested in running for election to the Board of Governors?
  • What do you believe are the significant issues facing the members today? 
  • If elected, how would you hope to address these issues?

The online election will launch on and will close at  p.m. on .

For questions, please contact Carrie Sherman at 602.340.7201 or mailto:carrie.sherman@staff.azbar.org

Candidate statements will be available below after March 15th. 

(* = incumbent candidate)

District 2: Yavapai County

Photo of Sharon Marie Flack
*Sharon Marie Flack
Musgrove Drutz Kack & Flack, P.C.

Candidates’ statements will be available for review after March 15th.
 

District 3: Gila, Graham and Greenlee Counties

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*Hector M. Figueroa
Town of Payson Attorney

Candidates’ statements will be available for review after March 15th.
 

District 4: Cochise County

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D. Christopher Russell
The Russell's Law Firm, P.L.C.

Candidates’ statements will be available for review after March 15th.
 

District 5: Pima and Santa Cruz Counties

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Thomas J. Bouman
Bouman Law Firm

Candidates’ statements will be available for review after March 15th.
 

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Chris Gast
University of Arizona College of Law

Candidates’ statements will be available for review after March 15th.
 

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Leticia Marquez
Federal Public Defender's Office

Candidates’ statements will be available for review after March 15th.
 

Photo of Dee-Dee Samet
*Dee-Dee Samet
Dee-Dee Samet P.C.

Candidates’ statements will be available for review after March 15th.
 

District 6: Maricopa County

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Kellen W. Bradley
Levenbaum Trachtenberg, P.L.C.

Candidates’ statements will be available for review after March 15th.
 

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Trent R. Buckallew
Law Offices of Trent R. Buckallew

Candidates’ statements will be available for review after March 15th.
 

Photo of Tyler J. Carrell
*Tyler J. Carrell
Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie, L.L.P.

Candidates’ statements will be available for review after March 15th.
 

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David R. Fuller
City of Phoenix Public Defender’s Office

Candidates’ statements will be available for review after March 15th.
 

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Mark I. Harrison
Osborn Maledon, P.A.

Candidates’ statements will be available for review after March 15th.
 

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Christopher R. Kaup
Tiffany & Bosco, P.A.

Candidates’ statements will be available for review after March 15th.
 

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Michael Kielsky
Udall Shumway, P.L.C.

Candidates’ statements will be available for review after March 15th.
 

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Lawrence Koplow
Koplow Law Firm

Candidates’ statements will be available for review after March 15th.
 

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Michael Mainwold
Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community

Candidates’ statements will be available for review after March 15th.
 

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*Robert J. McWhirter
The Law Offices of Robert J. McWhirter

Candidates’ statements will be available for review after March 15th.
 

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Pouria Paknejad
Paknejad Law, P.L.C.

Candidates’ statements will be available for review after March 15th.
 

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Greg Patterson
Munger Chadwick

Candidates’ statements will be available for review after March 15th.
 

Photo of Jennifer R. Rebholz
*Jennifer R. Rebholz
Perry Childers Hanlon & Hudson, P.L.C.

Candidates’ statements will be available for review after March 15th.
 

Photo of Sam Saks
*Sam Saks
Smith Saks, P.L.C.

Candidates’ statements will be available for review after March 15th.
 

Photo of Jessica S. Sanchez
*Jessica S. Sanchez
Udall Shumway, P.L.C.

Candidates’ statements will be available for review after March 15th.
 

Photo of Sara A. Siesco
*Sara A. Siesco
Jones Raczkowski, P.C.

Candidates’ statements will be available for review after March 15th.
 

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*Benjamin P. Taylor, II
Taylor & Gomez, L.L.P.

Candidates’ statements will be available for review after March 15th.
 

District 7: La Paz and Yuma Counties

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*Jimmie Dee Smith
Attorney at Law

Candidates’ statements will be available for review after March 15th.
 

District 8: Pinal County

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*Denis M. Fitzgibbons
Fitzgibbons Law Offices, P.L.C.

Candidates’ statements will be available for review after March 15th.
 




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