The King County Democrats’ executive board has recommended three candidates to replace County Council member Bob Ferguson, who will become state attorney general in January.
In a vote Tuesday night, board members listed their top three candidates as Seattle lawyer Rod Dembowski, Shoreline City Council member Will Hall and state Rep. Cindy Ryu of Shoreline.
The tally, according to chair Steve Zemke: Dembowski, 35 votes, Hall, 29, Ryu 21, Shoreline Planning Commissioner Keith Scully, 20, Seattle party activist Sarajane Siegfriedt, 19, King County Deputy Ombudsman Chuck Sloane, 13.
Board members were each allowed to vote for three names.
Kenmore Mayor Dave Baker is also a candidate but ran for state Senate as a Republican in 2010. Baker has said he’s willing to become a Democrat because the district has been traditionally Democratic.
Ferguson, a Democrat, represents District 1, which includes northeast Seattle, shoreline, Lake Forest Park, Kenmore, Bothell and parts of Woodinville and Kirkland.
The deadline for candidates to apply is 5 p.m. Dec. 3, for vetting by a citizen advisory committee. County Executive Dow Constantine said he will name an advisory committee representative of District 1 to evaluate applicants. By Dec. 21 the committee will forward the names of qualified candidates to Constantine. He will then recommend three names to the County Council. Without Ferguson, the nine-member council will be evenly split between Democrats and Republicans, which should make for some interesting maneuvering.