Apr 23, 2012 1:43 PM
TUCSON - A Tucson attorney and registered independent has been chosen to fill the state legislature seat left vacant by Daniel Patterson.
Nicholas Fontana, an attorney who represents clients in both criminal and civil matters, has been chosen by the Pima County Board of Supervisors to become the representative for LD-29 in the state House of Representatives.
On April 16, the Pima County Board of Supervisors appointed a five-person citizen committee to receive applications for appointment to the State Representative seat left vacant by Daniel Patterson earlier this month.
Patterson resigned from the seat amid an Ethics Committee investigation into claims about angry outbursts, domestic violence, and intimidation of other lawmakers.
On April 16, the citizen committee submitted a list of five possible replacements. Because Patterson switched his party affiliation form Democrat to Independent before resigning, the citizen committee must select an Independent to fill his vacancy.
The board chose Fontana during its regular board meeting this morning.