With Bob Ferguson’s victory in the attorney general’s race, county officials now turn to the process of appointing his successor on the Metropolitan King County Council.
That successor would serve next year, and the November 2013 election would determine the winner of a full four-year term for Ferguson’s District 1 seat.
District 1 includes northeast Seattle, Shoreline, Lake Forest Park, Kenmore, Bothell and parts of Woodinville and Kirkland. Its population is 214,883, according to the King County Districting Committee.
Once election results are certified, County Executive Dow Constantine will convene a committee representing the district. That group will interview candidates. “The committee’s job will be to vet the candidates who apply for the vacancy, and pass along all qualified candidates to me. I will transmit three names to the County Council for confirmation,” Constantine said in a statement.
Then things could get interesting. With Ferguson gone from the nine-member council, the remaining members on the officially non-partisan council will be evenly split between Democrats and Republicans.
Candidates already are jostling for position, which now pays $135,525. They include, in alphabetical order:
Dave Baker, Kenmore mayor and owner of a video inspection system company.
Rod Dembowski, Seattle lawyer and member of the King County Districting Committee.
Will Hall, Shoreline City Council member and Snohomish County Council legislative analyst.
Cindy Ryu, District 32 state Representative and former Shoreline mayor.
Keith Scully, a lawyer and Shoreline Planning Commission member.
All the candidates say they’re now Democrats, like Ferguson, except Baker. Baker ran for state senate in 2010 as a Republican. But he said he now considers himself an independent and would become a Democrat because the district has been traditionally Democratic.