What's the process for filling late Sen. Mike Carrell's seat?

Staff writerMay 30, 2013 

With Wednesday’s untimely passing of state Sen. Mike Carrell, R-Lakewood, questions have emerged as to how — and when — his vacant 29th legislative district senate seat will be filled.

Under the appointment process for a vacant legislative seat — spelled out in Washington’s Constitution and in state statute — the Pierce County Council will have the first crack at deciding Carrell’s replacement.

Because Carrell was a Republican, the county’s Republican Party gets to choose three candidates to submit for the county council’s consideration. The council has up to 60 days from the date of vacancy (Wednesday) to appoint Carrell’s replacement.

“The fastest this could happen is June 11,” Pierce County spokesman Hunter George told me today of the County Council’s expected appointment. “That’s if the Republican Party Central Committee met and submitted names to the council in the next few days.”

Read more here: http://blog.thenewstribune.com/politics/2013/05/30/whats-the-process-for-filling-the-late-sen-mike-carrells-vacant-seat/

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