Democrats to nominate potential successors for John McCoy

If Rep. June Robinson is tapped for the vacancy, several people are interested in her House seat.

Rep. June Robinson of Everett is likely to be the top choice to fill the Senate seat vacated by John McCoy.

Rep. June Robinson of Everett is likely to be the top choice to fill the Senate seat vacated by John McCoy.

EVERETT — Democratic activists will gather Saturday to choose potential successors to state Sen. John McCoy, who retired April 17.

And they are going to take steps to fill a potential opening in the state House as well.

Precinct officers in the 38th Legislative District will meet at 10 a.m. via a video teleconference to nominate three people for the senate seat.

The names will be forwarded to the Snohomish County Council, which will appoint one to serve through the November election. At that time, voters will choose someone to complete the final two years of McCoy’s term.

County Council leaders are expected to set a date Monday to interview the Senate hopefuls and decide.

State law dictates council members fill vacancies for partisan offices from a list of three candidates provided by the party of the official vacating the office. If they can’t, Gov. Jay Inslee will choose.

Rep. June Robinson of Everett is seeking the Senate appointment, and as of Thursday, she was the only announced candidate for the fall election. She is likely to be the top choice of Democratic Party members and the odds-on favorite to get the nod from the council.

In anticipation of that outcome, Democratic activists will be asked Saturday to nominate three people to fill Robinson’s House seat should it become vacant.

Several people are actively seeking or reportedly interested in the House seat, including Emily Wicks, Charles Adkins, Josh Brunner, Bruce Overstreet and Mario Brown.

The 38th Legislative District encompasses Everett, Tulalip and part of Marysville.

Jerry Cornfield: 360-352-8623; jcornfield@herald Twitter: @dospueblos.

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