By Evan Smith
Democratic State Sen. Paull Shin’s sudden resignation Tuesday has set up a scramble among 21st Legislative District Democrats to fill both Shin’s seat and the House of Representatives seat that Democratic State Rep. Marko Liias now holds.
Shin had planned to retire when his term expires at the end of the year, but now says that he will retire immediately for health reasons.
Liias, the only declared candidate for the Senate seat in the coming election, told County Democratic Chairman Steven Wright that he would seek appointment to the position.
Wright said that he would call a meeting of Democratic 21st district precinct committee officers for Jan. 18 to nominate candidates to submit to the County Council for appointment.
Two announced candidates for the position that Liias now holds both say that they will seek appointment to the position if Liias gets promoted to the Senate. One is Darrell Chapman, a retired official of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. The other is Lillian Ortiz-Self, a counselor in the Everett schools.
The 21st District includes most of Edmonds, unincorporated areas north of Edmonds and Lynnwood, all of Mukilteo and part of south Everett.