If elected, his seat on the county council would become vacant
Even before Saturday's memorial service for Norm Maleng, the Democratic and Republican parties have all but chosen candidates to succeed him as King County prosecutor.
County Councilman Bob Ferguson is running as a Democrat and interim prosecutor Dan Satterberg is running as a Republican, both with strong party backing, officials of both parties said Thursday.
Ferguson is known for being a strong candidate. He successfully defeated two Democratic incumbents (Cynthia Sullivan and Carolyn Edmonds) in previous years. If Ferguson does run and wins the office, Democrats shouldn't have too much trouble identifying a successor to hold the blue 1st County Council District (including
Shoreline, Lake Forest Park, Seattle, Kenmore, Bothell, and northwest King County), which he currently represents.