Five women, two men make up list of Arizona Supreme Court nominees


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Ole Olafson , Reporter

Five of the the seven nominees to fill the Arizona Supreme Court position created by the April 1 retirement of Justice Andrew Gould are women.

Cynthia Bailey and Jennifer Perkins are current Arizona Court of Appeals judges.

Bailey was appointed by Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey in April, 2020 when she was a Maricopa County Superior Court judge.  Before becoming a judge, Bailey was a deputy Maricopa County attorney.

Perkins was serving as the Assistant Solicitor General for Arizona when Gov. Ducey appointed her to the Arizona Court of Appeals in October, 2017.  When she first came to Arizona, Perkins reportedly worked for the Arizona chapter of the Institute of Justice, litigating civil rights cases.

Kathryn King is a partner at BurnsBarton PLC in Phoenix, where she specializes in labor and employment law and litigation.  She was appointed to the Arizona Board of Regents by Gov. Ducey in March, 2020.  At one time, Perkins served as Ducey’s deputy general counsel.

Adele Ponce and Patricia Starr are both Superior Court judges in Maricopa County.

Ponce was appointed by Gov. Ducey in September, 2018.  Early in her career, she worked to prosecute those responsible for the Rwandan genocide of 1994.

Starr was appointed in 2014 by Gov. Jan Brewer and won the retention vote last November.  According to her bio at, from 2008-2011 she was a capital staff attorney for the Arizona Death Penalty Judicial Assistance Project.

David Euchner serves as a public defender for Pima County.

David Weinzweig is an Arizona Court of Appeals judge.

Currently, Vice Chief Justice Ann Scott Timmer is the only female Arizona Supreme Court justice.

The nominees are selected by the Commission on Appellate Court Appointments.

Records show Ducey’s last five Supreme Court appointments have all been men.

Gov. Ducey reportedly has 60 days from Tuesday, when the names of the nominees were released, to decide who Arizona’s newest Supreme Court Justice will be.