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Commentary: ‘Why Change’ Arizona Merit Selection?

A ballot item proposing to alter Arizona’s merit-based selection system for choosing many judges drew opposition in an Inside Tucson Business commentary. It was written by Carol West, a former Tucson City Council member.

While the heart of West’s commentary is an explanation of the proposal, and of the way that merit selection works, she concluded with a statement by retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, a a former Arizona legislator and judge.

Regarding merit selection and its effectiveness, Justice O’Connor, said,  “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” West’s commentary was headlined, “Prop. 115: Choosing judges on merit is good, so why change it?” To learn more about what the ballot item proposes, and controversy over it, see Gavel Grab.

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