With Wednesdays untimely passing of state Sen. Mike Carrell, R-Lakewood, questions have emerged as to how and when his vacant 29th legislative district senate seat will be filled.
Under the appointment process for a vacant legislative seat spelled out in Washingtons Constitution and in state statute the Pierce County Council will have the first crack at deciding Carrells replacement.
Because Carrell was a Republican, the countys Republican Party gets to choose three candidates to submit for the county councils consideration. The council has up to 60 days from the date of vacancy (Wednesday) to appoint Carrells replacement.
The fastest this could happen is June 11, Pierce County spokesman Hunter George told me today of the County Councils expected appointment. Thats if the Republican Party Central Committee met and submitted names to the council in the next few days.