Lynnwood councilwoman leads Democratic Party’s picks for county council seat

EVERETT – Snohomish County Democratic Party officials chose Lynnwood City Council Vice President Stephanie Wright by a 3-to-1 margin today as their top recommendation to fill an open seat on the Snohomish County Council.

Wright’s name will be at the top of the list of the party’s three nominees when County Councilmen pick a replacement for former District 3 County Councilman Mike Cooper, who left July 23 to become Edmonds’ mayor.

“I’m very honored to be the nominee of the Democratic Party, to be the top-vote getter,” Wright said afterward. “I’m optimistic and look forward to serving on the council.”

The appointee will occupy one of five spots on the County Council. The District 3 seat covers the areas of Edmonds, Lynnwood and Woodway.

Of the 45 precinct officers from District 3 who attended the meeting today at the Labor Temple in downtown Everett, 33 chose Wright. Edmonds City Councilman D.J. Wilson received 11 votes and Lynnwood community advocate Maria Ambalada one.

The vote was ratified unanimously by the 71 precinct officers present.

The party’s county chairman, Bill Phillips, asked everybody in the room to call their County Council representatives to urge them to respect the party vote and select Wright for the vacancy.

“This was absolutely decisive,” Phillips said. “It wasn’t close, it wasn’t ambiguous. It was a clear 3-1 vote by the (precinct committee officers).”

The final decision rests with the County Council, who could make a decision in the next couple of weeks, possibly as early as Wednesday.

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