Ex-Avondale mayor picked as Wilcox's replacement

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Marie Lopez Rogers By Jennifer Thomas Marie Lopez Rogers By Jennifer Thomas
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PHOENIX (AP) -- Officials picked former Avondale Mayor Marie Lopez Rogers to fill a vacancy on the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors that was created by the resignation of Supervisor Mary Rose Wilcox.

Rogers was chosen Wednesday to fill the position on an interim basis until a permanent replacement is elected by voters in the fall.

The Board of Supervisors also had considered former Phoenix Councilman Michael Johnson, Phoenix attorney Otilia Diaz and former Arizona Corporation Commission policy adviser Cristina Arzaga-Williams for the appointment.

Rogers resigned as mayor in May to seek the county post vacated by Wilcox, who resigned late last month to run for a congressional seat.

Rogers will face two fellow Democrats in the August primary -- Johnson and state Sen. Steve Gallardo. Republican Mark Riddles will face the winner in November.

Rogers represents the county district that includes south Phoenix, Buckeye, the Gila River Indian Community and Gila Bend.

Avondale's City Council unanimously appointed Kenneth Weise as the new mayor Monday evening. Weise's term as mayor will expire in December 2016.