Legislature getting a slew of new members

Staff writerDecember 5, 2013 

Legislators are playing a slow game of musical chairs after November's election.

The state House is getting so many new members that the House clerk's office is planning for a new-member orientation, which hasn't been done in the middle of a term since 2008.

Election results were certified Wednesday, which means state Rep. Jan Angel can be sworn in as a senator at any time, leaving her House seat vacant. But Angel is apparently out of the area and the boards that will make the decision to replace her are in no hurry, anyway.

Gig Harbor's Jesse Young got the nod Wednesday as Republicans' first choice to replace Angel. Young grew up poor and at times homeless on the Hilltop, but now is a technology consultant with Rose International, consulting for California-based health-care company Kaiser Permanente.

The Pierce and Kitsap county boards, though, could pick Young, film maker Adam Berman or lawyer Doug Cloud. Their choice might wait until the Legislature is back in session Jan. 13.

The Kitsap County commission expects to wait until January, citing holiday schedules. The Pierce County Council is considering the week of Jan. 13 or later, the council attorney says.

The latest senator to take the oath of office is Democrat John McCoy of Tulalip, who now must be replaced in the House. The Everett Herald's Jerry Cornfield reports that seven Democrats have lined up for the job. McCoy replaced Nick Harper, who resigned under still-mysterious circumstances.

With Ed Murray elected mayor of Seattle, Democrats chose Rep. Jamie Pedersen to replace Murray in the Senate, the Seattle Times' Jim Brunner reports. Their first choice to replace Pedersen in the House is Brady Walkinshaw, a Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation official.

Also needing a replacement is Des Moines Rep. Dave Upthegrove, who was elected to the King County Council. Brunner reported Democrats chose Kent City Councilwoman Elizabeth Albertson for his House seat.

Rep. Larry Crouse, a Spokane Valley Republican, is also leaving.

So is Rep. Gary Alexander, who ran unsuccessfully for Thurston County auditor. Republicans haven't yet made their choices for his successor.

All the appointees will serve one year until next November's election for a full two-year term.

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