CONTACT: Danny Hernandez
(PHOENIX) June 24, 2015 - The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to deliver its decision for Arizona State Legislature v. Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission (IRC) as early as Thursday, June 25, 2015. Ahead of and after the ruling, experts from the Arizona Advocacy Network are available to discuss the decision, as well as answer questions related to independent redistricting, voting rights, election law, money in politics and other issues. Experts include:
Sam Wercinski, AZAN Executive Director
Sam Wercinski leads efforts in Arizona to empower working citizens by expanding voting rights, exposing secret, dark money and promoting competitive electoral districts. During the 2010 redistricting process, he lead grassroots efforts to ensure the opinions of working Arizonans and communities historically disenfranchised were heard by the IRC. Sam is an Air Force Academy graduate and veteran with a Masters in International Management. Sam helped to lead the successful voting rights case against the Arizona Secretary of State decided before the U.S. Supreme Court in June 2013. "Only through strong collaboration and trust, have Arizona progressives been successful. I'm grateful to be a part of this movement."
Dr. Marie Provine, AZAN Board President
Dr. Doris Marie Provine is a Professor Emerita in the School of Social Transformation at Arizona State University. She came to ASU to direct the School of Justice Studies after a long tenure at Syracuse University and a two-year post as Director of the Law and Social Sciences Program at the National Science Foundation. Her areas of interest reflect her background in law and political science (JD, PhD Cornell).
For Spanish-language interviews:
Carmen Cornejo, AZAN Board Vice President
Carmen Cornejo was born in Mexico, lived in the city of Monterrey and graduated with honors from ITESM with a bachelor degree in Communications. She is a proud immigrant American. She worked as editor of publications for ITESM and as a professor in the same university teaching Theory of Mass Communications. She is a member of the Arizona Dream Act Coalition. Currently Carmen works as a project manager with Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund.
To schedule an interview, please contact Danny Hernandez, firstname.lastname@example.org or 602-297-2500. AZAN’s amicus brief was submitted with other groups and individuals to the Supreme Court in January. It is available in PDF format here.
Updated: June 29, 2015
About AZAN: Arizona Advocacy Network works for electoral justice, political rights and full civic participation to achieve government of, by and for the People. Our work includes: strengthening Arizona's Clean Elections system; advocating for full, immediate disclosure of all campaign contributions; promoting anti-corruption and conflict of interest laws including gift bans; guarding voting rights, voter registration and election integrity; defending Arizona’s judicial merit selection system, and protecting Arizona's ballot initiative and referendum processes. Learn more at www.AZadvocacy.org.