Upon confirmation by the Arizona Senate, Daniels will represent Maricopa County. She will then serve concurrently on the board and as mayor.
Daniels announced Feb. 3 she would not run for re-election for mayor, the position she has held since 2016. She plans to complete her term before the newly elected mayor takes over in January 2021.
The seven-member State Transportation Board plans and develops Arizona’s highways, airports and other state transportation facilities, as well as developing and overseeing the state’s five-year transportation facilities construction program. It also advises the Arizona Department of Transportation director.
Daniels has experience in transportation, having served as chair of the Maricopa Association of Governments’ Transportation Policy Committee.
“I do [have some transportation knowledge] from the local level obviously, like the life cycle of a street and some of what goes in transportation planning from local as well as regional level,” Daniels said. “I’m excited to expand that knowledge base and contribute to the long-term planning for the state of Arizona.”
Daniels also has served on the MAG Regional Council, Greater Phoenix Economic Council and League of Cities and Towns Executive Committee.
In Gilbert, Daniels first was elected to the Town Council in 2009. She was appointed interim mayor in July 2016 after John Lewis resigned and won her own term a month later.
Ducey also appointed Richard Searle, a former member of the Cochise County Board of Supervisors, to represent Cochise, Greenlee and Santa Cruz counties.
The position has no pay, though board members receive a per diem and expenses as they travel on state business.