The Republican precinct committeemen from throughout the five counties of Arizona Legislative District 5 voted to have former Payson Mayor Barbara Brewer run for the state house this weekend.
Brewer replaces Sylvia Tenney Allen, who has been selected by the District. 5 Republican party leadership to run for the state senate in place of the late Sen. Jake Flake. Allen was named by the Navajo County Board of Supervisors to finish the remainder of Flake's term, which runs through Dec. 31, 2008.
"I'm excited. It happened really fast," Brewer said in a phone interview with the Roundup on Monday. She was on her way to Phoenix for Allen's swearing-in ceremony and to file her required paperwork with the Secretary of State's Office.
Brewer said she received more than 50 percent of the votes from the participating committeemen. Two others were vying for the selection: Bruce Olsen of Heber and Bruce Barton of Safford.
Precinct committeemen from Apache, Gila, Graham, Greenlee and Navajo counties met in Globe Saturday, June 14, said Charlotte Mortensen, chairman of the Gila County Republican Party.
"It's great we are going to have someone from our part of the district on the ballot," Mortensen said.
The Cobre Valley Republican Club, based in Globe, has already offered Brewer support for her campaign.
"I've been invited to speak with them this Saturday and they have said they will buy me 100 signs," she said.
Brewer has lived in Payson since 1971. She served on the town council for eight years before successfully running for mayor in 2004.
She sought re-election in 2006, but lost to Bob Edwards.
She is a businesswoman, owning and operating the Swiss Beauty Connection in the Swiss Village for nearly 20 years before selling the operation, which is now Studio B.
She is married to Sam Brewer, Gila County constable for Payson and she has been active in Republican politics for many years.