Politics & Government

Democrats will nominate candidates Dec. 1 to replace Roger Freeman

Roughly three dozen Democrats will vote Dec. 1 on who should fill a state House seat left vacant by the death of Roger Freeman.

The state and local Democratic Party groups quickly settled a disagreement over when to hold the vote — and therefore who would be eligible to participate. Eligible voters will be the Democrats who were elected as 30th District precinct-committee officers in the Aug. 5 primary election.

Those include 36 people from King County and one from Pierce County.

They will meet at 7 p.m. Dec. 1 at a location to be decided Tuesday by party officials. The group will name a ranked slate of three nominees to be sent to the King and Pierce county councils. The councils will jointly appoint one of the three to a yearlong term in the House.

Freeman, a 48-year-old Federal Way Democrat, died six days before being re-elected Nov. 4.

Announced candidates to replace him are local party officer Richard Champion and former legislative candidates Roger Flygare and Shari Song, with Federal Way School Board President Carol Gregory among those considering seeking the job. All four will be among those eligible to vote.