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Appointed Arizona legislator cited Gilbert residence

PHOENIX — A newly appointed state senator whose eligibility to fill a
vacancy is being challenged by another legislator had told the Legislature
earlier this year that he lived in a Phoenix suburb, not the rural northeastern
Arizona county where he says he lives now.

The Arizona Capitol Times reports that Carlyle Begay
said he lived in Gilbert in Maricopa County when Senate confirmation of his
appointment to a state authority was pending.

Begay changed his voter registration to Apache County before Apache County
supervisors recently appointed him to fill the 7th Legislative District’s vacant
Senate seat.

Democratic Rep. Albert Hale says Begay should be removed from office because he
hadn’t lived in the district long enough.

Begay didn’t immediately return calls. He’s said he has maintained residency
within Apache County.

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