Robinson emerges as Democrats’ top choice for Senate seat

The Snohomish County Council will decide May 13 on a successor to John McCoy, who retired last month.

June Robinson

June Robinson

EVERETT — The Snohomish County Council will decide May 13 who will fill a vacancy in the state Senate created by the retirement of Democrat John McCoy.

And the council may have to deal that day with an opening in the state House as well.

Rep. June Robinson of Everett emerged as the overwhelming favorite for the Senate seat at a May 2 meeting of Democratic Party activists in the 38th Legislative District. She received 38 votes on the initial ballot of precinct officers, who also nominated Ryan Casey and Jennifer Smolen for the appointment.

State law dictates county council members fill vacancies for partisan offices from a list of three candidates provided by the party of the official vacating the office.

The council plans to interview the trio starting at 1 p.m.

Whoever is appointed will serve through the November election. The Senate position will be on this year’s ballot and whoever is elected will complete the remaining two years on McCoy’s term.

Meanwhile, at their May 2 meeting, Democrats nominated Charles Adkins, Emily Wicks and Mario Brown to fill Robinson’s House seat, should it become vacant.

Adkins edged Wicks by a margin of 20-18 on the second ballot, with Brown receiving 3 votes.

If there is a vacancy, whoever is appointed will serve through the November election. The legislative position is also on this year’s ballot.

Candidates can file to run for either office next week.

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

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

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