Longtime South Phoenix community activist and Roosevelt Elementary School Board member, Norma Munoz, has been appointed to the state House of Representatives, replacing former State Rep. Ruben Gallego, who resigned. Her appointment came today on a unanimous vote of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors.
Munoz, like Gallego a Democrat, was recommended by a three-member citizens’ panel appointed by the supervisors. The panel based their top recommendation on her longtime residency in South Phoenix and in District 27, her involvement and leadership, since 1994 in the Roosevelt School Board, her experience and familiarity with county government and her commitment to South Mountain community organizations and activities. Currently, Munoz is the president of the Roosevelt board. She is a lifelong resident of South Phoenix.
Munoz worked for Maricopa County for 20 years in the Justice Courts and Public Defender’s Office. Her husband, Jimmie Munoz Sr., is a justice of the peace. Munoz will serve out Gallego’s remaining term this year and will take office upon being sworn in today, participating in the House votes for the remainder of the current legislative session. Supervisor Mary Rose Wilcox said she was pleased with the appointment. “This was no easy task as there are always very qualified people to choose from,” Wilcox said. “Norma Munoz is an excellent choice. Her commitment to the community both as an elected official and community activist is very much admired. I want to thank the panel for their efforts in this appointment process.”
The Maricopa County supervisors had to form the panel because the Democratic Party did not have enough precinct committeemen to vote on the appointee.
The citizens panel included Rev. Warren Stewart, Susie Avelar and Rosie Lopez. Mrs. Munoz, who has already filed as a candidate for the House seat in the 2014 primary election, said she was eager to serve at the legislature. “I decided there was an opportunity to move forward and do a little more for my community.” Two others, Reginald Bolding Jr. and Rebecca Rios, were also recommended to the board. Like Munoz, both are running for the House seat in the August Democratic primary election.