The King County Democrats’ executive board (on which I sit) voted last night to adopt and forward a list of names to the King County Council to fill the vacancy left by Senator Scott White, who recently died at the age of forty-one of cardiac arrest due to an enlarged heart, which unfortunately had gone undiagnosed.
The list includes State Representative David Frockt and two Democratic activists… Tony Provine and David Miller. Precinct committee officers in the 46th overwhelmingly selected Frockt as their first choice, and what’s more, Provine and Miller have each pledged not to take office if chosen, thereby leaving the King County Council with little choice except to appoint David Frockt.
The 46th and the King County Democrats will soon have to go through the same process all over again to replace Frockt, who will be moving from the House to the Senate. Between ten and fifteen Democratic officers or different precinct committee officers are said to be interested in seeking appointment to Frockt’s seat.
Many of them are already beginning to campaign.
The Constitution of Washington State requires that legislative vacancies shall (if the legislative district in question is contained inside one county) be filled by the council or board of commissioners from that county; however, the county’s legislators may only choose from among a list of names supplied by the political party of the individual who vacated the office.
Specifically, the Constitution says the county central committee must come up with the list of names.From Article II, Section 15:
[T]he person appointed to fill the vacancy must be from the same legislative district, county, or county commissioner or council district and the same political party as the legislator or partisan county elective officer whose office has been vacated, and shall be one of three persons who shall be nominated by the county central committee of that party.
The executive board of the King County Democratic Central Committee (KCDCC; often shortened to King County Democrats) sensibly sought the advice of the 46th LD in nominating candidates, and then unanimously agreed to act on the 46th’s advice at the end of last night’s special caucus at Olympic View Elementary in Seattle. Now it is the county council’s turn to act.
We’ll keep you posted on the effort to fill the vacancy left by Frockt’s move from the House to the Senate, once that actually happens.