May 21, 2013 10:48 PM by Associated Press
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 one of two 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.