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Yuma lawyer picked for redistricting commission

PHOENIX -- The commission that redrew Arizona's congressional and legislative district maps after the 2010 U.S. Census has a new member.

House Minority Leader Chad Campbell appointed Yuma resident Cid Kallen to the post on Friday. Kallen serves on the Los Abogados Hispanic Bar Association Board of Directors. He was the founding president of the Hispanic Law Students Association at the Phoenix School of Law.

He replaces Jose Herrera on the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission. The Phoenix resident was one of two Democrats on the five-member commission and resigned in May. The Democratic leader in the House chose his replacement.

Herrera cited a toxic atmosphere at meetings and lawsuits targeting the commission.

Three federal judges held a trial on one suit challenging the maps in March. A decision is pending.

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