With less than one month to go until the beginning of the 2022 legislative session, the Snohomish County Council on Wednesday made two legislative appointments to bring the 44th Legislative District’s delegation to Olympia back up to full strength following Steve Hobbs’ departure.
Hobbs, who resigned to join Washington’s executive department as the first Democratic Secretary of State in decades, will be succeeded by his House colleague John Lovick, a widely respected State Representative who served a partial term as Snohomish County Executive in between two stints in the House.
Lovick announced weeks ago he would seek the Senate appointment, and his selection was considered all but a formality. But it wasn’t obvious who would take his place in the House. After interviewing the nominees, the Council ultimately chose Brandy Donaghy to fill the vacancy created by Lovick’s jump to the Senate, creating the first all-Black legislative delegation in county history.
Donaghy is a Democratic PCO, an art docent with Everett School District, and a FEMA-certified member of the Community Emergency Response Team program. She challenged Republican incumbent Sam Low for Snohomish County Council in the just-concluded 2021 local elections, but came up short.
Now she’s headed to the Washington State House of Representatives.
The Snohomish County Democratic Party had the responsibility of nominating three candidates for the Snohomish County Council to pick from, and the party fulfilled that responsibility by calling a special nominating caucus of precinct committee officers from the 44th District. The caucus selected Mill Creek planning commissioner Sean Paddock, Donaghy, and Joyce Copley of Lake Stevens, who took on an incumbent for Lake Stevens City Council but narrowly lost.
Paddock was the PCOs’ first choice, but the Council was not obligated to appoint him. The Constitution states that when a legislative vacancy occurs, the county or state central committee belonging to the political party of the departed officeholder shall draw up a list of three nominees to be a successor, any of whom may then be chosen for the position by the appointing legislative authorities.
In many cases, the PCOs’ top choice does get the appointment. But not always. In this case, the Council went with Donaghy, who will become April Berg’s seatmate. Doanghy’s appointment will strengthen the diversity of the State House.
Lovick, meanwhile, is getting an enthusiastic welcome in the State Senate.
“John Lovick has spent his life in service to our state and country,” said Senate Majority Leader Andy Billig, D‑3rd District (Spokane). “He brings a wealth of knowledge from almost every level of government imaginable, and also invaluable experience as a veteran and first responder. There will be no learning curve for Senator Lovick. I am excited to work more closely with Senator Lovick and excited to welcome him to our caucus and the Senate.”
“I’m excited to get to work,” Lovick said in a caucus press release. “We’ve overcome so much as a state, but hard work remains. There’s no problem we can’t solve if we do it together, and I’m excited to get started in this new role.”
The Senate Democrats are so excited to have Lovick, in fact, that they announced this morning that he has been selected to be part of the chamber’s leadership. Lovick will serve as 2nd Vice President Pro Tempore of the Senate.
Lovick’s committee assignments are:
- Business, Financial Services & Trade
- Environment, Energy & Technology
Transportation has a new Chair, Marko Liias, who represents the neighboring 21st District in Snohomish County. Due to taking the Transportation gavel, Liias is leaving his post as Majority Floor Leader. Senator Jamie Pedersen will take over, and in turn, Senator Manka Dhingra will become the chair of the Law & Justice Committee, with Senator David Frockt becoming the Chair of Behavorial Health.
That’s not all: Senator Claire Wilson will be chairing Human Services, Reentry & Rehabilitation Committee and newly appointed Senator Yasmin Trudeau will become Vice Chair of Law & Justice, serving with Senator Dhingra. Senator Trudeau will serve on Human Services, Reentry & Rehabilitation with Senator Wilson plus the Housing committee chaired by Senator Patty Kuderer.
NPI congratulates Senator Lovick and Representative Donaghy on their new roles. We look forward to working with them to improve Washington’s quality of life.
The sixty day 2022 legislative session is slated to begin on January 10th, 2022.