Dairy farm owner Sine Kerr has been appointed as the new State Senator for Legislative District 13. The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors picked her unanimously during a special meeting on Thursday. Kerr will replace Republican Steve Montenegro, who stepped aside to run for an open U.S. Congressional seat. District 13 encompasses a wide swath of the state stretching from western Maricopa County southwest to Yuma.
Kerr has spent nearly 40 years running a family-owned business. The dairy farm she owns with her husband has grown from 15 cows to 1,100 milking cows. Over the past decade, she has also held leadership positions on various boards and councils related to food and agriculture.
“Sine Kerr knows this area, she knows the issues that affect business, and she will bring a practical and focused approach to solving problems that affect LD-13 and the entire state,” said District 4 Supervisor Clint Hickman, whose supervisorial district encompasses the legislative district.
As required by law, the Board selected Kerr from a list of three candidates submitted by the Legislative District 13 Precinct Committeemen. Kerr will serve through 2018. The next election for seats in the Arizona Senate will be the 2018 primary.
“I am honored to represent the area where I’ve grown a family and a business,” Kerr stated. “The people in this community matter to me and I know what matters to them. I plan to be a strong voice for District 13 in the Arizona Senate.”