I was one of the three candidates interviewed by the Snohomish County Council to fill the vacancy for the 44th Legislative District created when Mike Hope resigned. When asked by the council what skills were needed in a state representative — part of my answer was that one needed the “Courage to do what is right for the people you represent.” On Monday, the council lacked the courage to make a decision and instead punted the decision to the governor.
Mark Harmsworth was the obvious right choice for the people of the 44th LD. He received nearly 52 percent of the vote in the primary and received the overwhelming support of the Precinct Committee Officers (PCOs) in the 44th LD GOP vote. Since a Republican is being replaced, the Snohomish County Republican Party forwarded three candidates to the council as required by law.
The citizens chose Mark Harmsworth in the primary. The Republicans chose Mark Harmsworth in the 44th LD vote. The Democratic Party controlled Snohomish County Council deferred the decision to the governor.
My hope is that Gov. Inslee is not as gutless as the Snohomish County Council and selects the clear best choice for the 44th LD, Mark Harmsworth.