By Evan Smith
Snohomish County Democrats will meet at the Mukilteo City Hall from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday to nominate candidates for appointment to replace retired State Sen. Paull Shin and to replace State Rep. Marko Liias if Liias wins appointment to fill the next 10 months of the Senate term.
Democratic 21st Legislative District precinct committee officers will meet first to choose their first, second and third choices for each position. Then Democratic PCOs from around the county vote on officially nominating the three candidates whose names the party will submit to the County Council for appointment.
The County Council has set a meeting for Tuesday, Jan. 21, to interview the three nominees for the Senate seat and appoint one of them.
By law the County Council must fill the position from three candidates nominated by the party of the candidate who is vacating the office.
With Liias the only candidate, the Democrats will nominate him along with two others who are likely to defer to Liias in the interview process.
The County Council hasn’t said when it would meet to replace Liias if he wins the appointment to succeed Shin.
Three Democrats have applied for the nomination to succeed Liias: Darrell Chapman, a retired officer of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers; Lillian Ortiz-Self, a school counselor in Everett who is a member of the governor’s commission on Hispanic affairs; and Susan Phillips, president of the Edmonds School Board.
The 21st District includes most of Edmonds, unincorporated areas north of Edmonds and Lynnwood, all of Mukilteo and part of south Everett.