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Arizona redistricting commission member resigns

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PHOENIX (AP) - A member of the commission that redrew Arizona's congressional and legislative district maps after the 2010 U.S. Census has resigned.

Jose Herrera sent a letter to Gov. Jan Brewer Tuesday saying he was resigning immediately from the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission. The Phoenix resident was 1 of 2 Democrats on the five-member commission.

Herrera cited a toxic atmosphere at meetings and lawsuits targeting the commission. He says he found himself defending his decisions "even though there is a thorough, transparent record of the commission's work."

Three federal judges held a trial on one suit challenging the maps in March. A decision is pending.

The state Commission on Appellate Court Appointments has 30 days to send three names to House Minority Leader Chad Campbell. He'll choose one to replace Herrera.

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