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Sunday, June 9th, 2019

LIVE from Bothell: Democratic PCOs meeting to choose nominees to succeed Guy Palumbo

Good after­noon from Both­ell!

Today, the Demo­c­ra­t­ic precinct com­mit­tee offi­cers of Wash­ing­ton State’s 1st Leg­isla­tive Dis­trict have assem­bled to draw up a list of can­di­dates to suc­ceed Guy Palum­bo in the Wash­ing­ton State Sen­ate, who recent­ly stepped down from his posi­tion in the Leg­is­la­ture to become a lob­by­ist for Ama­zon.

Due to Palum­bo’s depar­ture, a vacan­cy now exists for state sen­a­tor in the 1st. The Wash­ing­ton State Con­sti­tu­tion stip­u­lates that the process for fill­ing a Demo­c­ra­t­ic leg­isla­tive vacan­cy begins with the nam­ing of three can­di­dates from the same dis­trict and of the same par­ty by the Wash­ing­ton State Demo­c­ra­t­ic Cen­tral Com­mit­tee, because the 1st is a mul­ti-coun­ty dis­trict span­ning neigh­bor­hoods in north King and south Sno­homish coun­ties.

The WSDCC, of which I am a mem­ber, spec­i­fies in its bylaws that when a vacan­cy is declared, the state par­ty chair shall call a spe­cial nom­i­nat­ing cau­cus of precinct com­mit­tee offi­cers from that dis­trict for the pur­pose of draw­ing up a list of three names for the WSDCC to rat­i­fy. That’s what’s hap­pen­ing now. I will be updat­ing this post at peri­od­ic inter­vals to sum­ma­rize the pro­ceed­ings that are tak­ing place.

2:05 PM: The spe­cial nom­i­nat­ing cau­cus has been called to order by Wash­ing­ton State Demo­c­ra­t­ic Par­ty Chair Tina Pod­lodows­ki.

2:10 PM: There are forty-three Demo­c­ra­t­ic precinct com­mit­tee offi­cers present and eli­gi­ble to vote at this cau­cus. The first order of busi­ness is the selec­tion of the pro­ce­dure that will be used to draw up the lists of nom­i­nees.

2:18 PM: Four can­di­dates were nom­i­nat­ed to fill the Sen­ate vacan­cy:

  • David Bain
  • Derek Stan­ford (cur­rent­ly one of the 1st’s two State Rep­re­sen­ta­tives)
  • Hillary Moralez (cur­rent­ly the Chair of the Sno­homish Coun­ty Democ­rats)
  • Lin­da Tosti-Lane

2:20 PM: Lin­da Tosti-Lane spoke first. She asked the PCOs to sup­port Derek Stan­ford as their first choice and then to vote for her as a sec­ond or third choice.

David Bain spoke next and echoed Linda’s request, ask­ing PCOs to sup­port Derek Stan­ford as their first choice. He also dis­cussed leg­isla­tive pri­or­i­ties he’d like to see the Demo­c­ra­t­ic-con­trolled Leg­is­la­ture enact, like addi­tion­al fund­ing for rail tran­sit (exist­ing fund­ing is present­ly threat­ened by Tim Eyman’s I‑976).

State Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Derek Stan­ford was the third to speak. He sum­ma­rized his accom­plish­ments as a mem­ber of the House and talked about the need to con­tin­ue mak­ing progress towards ful­ly fund­ing pub­lic edu­ca­tion, strength­en­ing envi­ron­men­tal and work­er pro­tec­tions, and expand­ing health­care.

Hillary Moralez was the final can­di­date to speak. She empha­sized her sup­port of Derek Stan­ford and asked PCOs to nom­i­nate her as “a fight­er” who would stand along­side Derek dur­ing the final stages of the appoint­ment process.

2:35 PM: Bal­lot­ing has begun. State Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Shel­ley Klo­ba is offer­ing remarks while the Tal­ly Com­mit­tee does its work.

2:45 PM: The results of the first round of bal­lot­ing are in.

  • There were forty-two votes for Derek Stan­ford
  • There were five votes for Hilary Moralez
  • There was one vote for Lin­da Tosti-Lane
  • There were no votes for David Bain

Accord­ing­ly, Derek Stan­ford’s name will be placed first on the list of names sub­mit­ted to the King and Sno­homish Coun­ty Coun­cils by the WSDCC.

Now the PCOs are vot­ing on whose name should be placed sec­ond.

2:48 PM: Results are in for the sec­ond round of bal­lot­ing.

  • There were twen­ty-nine votes for Hillary Moralez
  • There were ten votes for Lin­da Tosti-Lane
  • There were eight votes for David Bain
  • There was one spoiled bal­lot (some­one did­n’t fol­low instruc­tions)

Hillary Moralez’s name will be placed sec­ond on the list of Sen­ate nom­i­nees.

Now the PCOs are vot­ing on whose name should be placed third.

2:52 PM: Results are in for the third round of bal­lot­ing.

  • There were twen­ty-five votes for Lin­da Tosti-Lane.
  • There were twen­ty-one votes for David Bain.
  • There was one absten­tion.
  • There was one spoiled bal­lot.

Lin­da Tosti-Lane’s name will be placed third on the list of Sen­ate nom­i­nees.

2:54 PM: Four can­di­dates were nom­i­nat­ed to fill the House vacan­cy that would be cre­at­ed if Derek Stan­ford is appoint­ed to fill the Sen­ate vacan­cy.

  • Hillary Moralez
  • Davina Duerr
  • Roy Wilkin­son
  • Dar­shan Rau­ni­yar

We will now pro­ceed to can­di­date speech­es.

3:10 PM: As with the Sen­ate nom­i­nees, each can­di­date for the House vacan­cy was giv­en five min­utes to speak. Davina spoke first, fol­lowed by Roy, then Hillary and Dar­shan. Each can­di­date is remark­ably dif­fer­ent than the oth­ers: Davina is a Both­ell city coun­cil mem­ber with exten­sive local gov­ern­ment expe­ri­ence, Roy is a vet­er­an who works at Boe­ing and is active in the labor move­ment, Hillary is a young bira­cial Demo­c­ra­t­ic activist cur­rent­ly chair­ing the Sno­homish Coun­ty Democ­rats and serv­ing on the Wash­ing­ton State Demo­c­ra­t­ic Cen­tral Com­mit­tee, and Dar­shan is a Nepali-Amer­i­can busi­ness leader who has pre­vi­ous­ly run unsuc­cess­ful­ly for Con­gress and the Wash­ing­ton State Leg­is­la­ture.

3:15 PM: Bal­lot­ing is under­way for the House vacan­cy for the first spot.

3:17 PM: We have results for the first round of bal­lot­ing for the House vacan­cy. The out­come was very close between the top two can­di­dates.

  • There were twen­ty-one votes for Davina Duerr
  • There were nine­teen votes for Hillary Moralez
  • There were sev­en votes for Dar­shan Rau­ni­yar
  • There was one vote for Roy Wilkin­son

3:25 PM: Davina did­n’t quite get a major­i­ty, so there will be a runoff vote for the first place spot between Davina Duerr and Hillary Moralez.

3:32 PM: There was a twen­ty-four to twen­ty-four vote tie in the runoff for the first place spot, so the vote will be repeat­ed. And the vote will con­tin­ue to be repeat­ed until the tie is bro­ken, State Par­ty Chair Tina Pod­lodows­ki says.

Again, this is for the House vacan­cy that would be cre­at­ed by State Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Derek Stan­ford’s move to the Sen­ate, replac­ing Guy Palum­bo.

3:37 PM: Here are the results of the sec­ond runoff for the first place spot. One PCO changed their vote from Hillary to Davina, there­by break­ing the tie.

  • There were twen­ty-five votes for Davina Duerr
  • There were twen­ty-three votes for Hillary Moralez

Davina’s name will be placed first on the list of House nom­i­nees.

3:42 PM: Here are the results of the vot­ing for the sec­ond place spot.

  • There were thir­ty-three votes for Hillary Moralez
  • There were twelve votes for Dar­shan Rau­ni­yar
  • There were three votes for Roy Wilkin­son

Hillary’s name will be placed sec­ond on the list of House nom­i­nees.

3:48 PM: Here are the results of the vot­ing for the third place spot.

  • There were thir­ty-six votes for Dar­shan Rau­ni­yar
  • There were eleven votes for Roy Wilkin­son

Dar­shan’s name will be placed third on the list of House nom­i­nees.

These are the final list of names for the Sen­ate vacan­cy:

  1. Derek Stan­ford
  2. Hillary Moralez
  3. Lin­da Tosti-Lane

These are the final list of names for the House vacan­cy:

  1. Davina Duerr
  2. Hillary Moralez
  3. Dar­shan Rau­ni­yar

The King and Sno­homish Coun­ty Coun­cils plan to hold a joint meet­ing on June 27th to make an appoint­ment. Who­ev­er is appoint­ed to the two vacan­cies will be sworn in imme­di­ate­ly and begin their new duties as a state leg­is­la­tor.

3:55 PM: The spe­cial nom­i­nat­ing cau­cus has adjourned. This con­cludes our live cov­er­age. Thank you for join­ing us; we hope you found it infor­ma­tive!

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