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PHOENIX (AP) — Gov. Doug Ducey has appointed Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Cynthia Bailey to fill a vacancy on the Arizona Court of Appeals division in Phoenix. Ducey’s office on Friday announced his selection of Bailey from among a commission’s 10 nominees to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Judge Diane Johnsen, a Democrat. Bailey is a Republican, as is Ducey. Bailey was appointed a Superior Court judge in 2012 after two years as a court commissioner. Before that, she was a deputy county attorney after working in private practice and then as an attorney and committee analyst for the Arizona Senate. The Court of Appeals’ Phoenix-based division hears cases from Apache, Coconino, La Paz, Maricopa, Mohave, Navajo, Yavapai and Yuma counties.

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