Sarah Liguori, director of a commercial real estate company, is the newest member of the Arizona House of Representatives for a district that includes north central Phoenix and Paradise Valley.
The Maricopa County Supervisory Board unanimously appointed Liguori as the representative of Legislative District 28 on Monday.
Liguori goes replace Democrat Aaron Lieberman, who resigned last month to run for governor. By law, supervisors had to appoint someone from the same political party as the incumbent legislator. Lieberman was re-elected to his seat in November and Liguori will serve the remainder of his term until 2022.
Bill Gates, the Republican vice-chairman of the five-member board, and Steve Gallardo, the board’s only Democrat, praised Liguori in short statements ahead of the vote.
“Sarah really came out as someone who really wants to stand up for her district… and come up with public policy that is good for the whole state,” said Gallardo.
The former Tucson resident is a graduate of the University of Arizona and also studied international business at Lorenzo di Medici University in Florence, Italy, according to the application she sent to supervisors.
An expert in finance, she previously worked for BMO Harris and Northwestern Mutual, and currently works for RDLR Development on commercial real estate projects. She lives with her husband, Andrew, and two children in north central Phoenix.
“I am a passionate Democrat and I believe in things that need to be improved for the Arizonans,” she told The Arizona Republic. “I see challenges as opportunities.
A campaign web page created last month, said she “had dedicated countless hours volunteering with local nonprofit organizations aimed at strengthening people’s lives.”
Liguori has never held public office but is politically active in the LD28; she is vice-president of volunteer recruitment for the LD28 Executive Council of Democrats.
Gates said it was a “very, very difficult process” to choose from among several outstanding candidates who had applied. The other finalists were Laura Terech and Ginger Sykes Torres.
“It’s great to be seen among other exceptional women,” said Sykes Torres in a Twitter post following the board’s announcement on Monday. “Sarah will do very well for LD28.”