Bothell state rep gets Democrats’ nod for Senate appointment

Derek Stanford was the party’s top choice to fill an opening left when Guy Palumbo resigned.

Derek Stanford

Derek Stanford

Derek Stanford is the top pick from 1st Legislative District Democrats to take over a recently vacated state Senate position.

In a party meeting Sunday, the state representative from Bothell emerged as its leading nominee. The final decision will be up to the King and Snohomish county councils.

At the end of May, Guy Palumbo resigned his position in the state Senate after just over half of the four-year term. In a statement, he said he wanted to be closer to his family, home and small business that boards dogs, and to become an Amazon lobbyist in Olympia.

Washington legislative positions that become vacant midyear between regular elections are filled by appointment from that district’s county council or councils. The state committee of the political party that held the position can nominate up to three candidates.

The district includes most of Mountlake Terrace, all of Brier and Bothell, and north Kirkland, across King and Snohomish counties.

Hillary Moralez

Hillary Moralez

In a vote, Stanford was the preferred choice for the Democrats. The second nominee was Hillary Moralez, chairwoman of the Snohomish County Democrats. Third was Linda Tosti-Lane, whom Snohomish County Democrats Vice Chairman Bill Phillips said was a longtime Democratic activist and “a fixture in the 1st Legislative District.”

If Stanford is appointed to the Senate position, his House seat would become vacant. So the Democratic Party also picked its nominees for that post: Bothell City Councilwoman Davina Duerr, Moralez and Darshan Rauniyar, who sought a state House position in 2016 but didn’t advance beyond the primary.

The shakeup could provide an important push in the progressive agenda next session, as Herald journalist Jerry Cornfield reported. Stanford is not averse to a capital gains tax pursued by House Democrats a few times in his five terms, including this year. He’d be positioned to cast the pivotal 25th vote for passage in the Senate — if Democrats remain interested in 2020, an election year.

Ben Watanabe: bwatanabe@heraldnet.com; 425-339-3037; Twitter @benwatanabe.

More in News

Kenmore discusses Saint Edward ball field renovations

The state Parks and Recreation Commission is beginning the EIS process for the proposed project.

Snohomish County shares Southwest Urban Growth Area Boundary Planning Study

The study can be used as a resource to inform future planning.

The majority of the schools had networks installed in the early 1990s with cable that cannot support current network needs. The upgrades made this summer will increase the network speeds, expand wireless coverage areas, and improve reliability for students and staff. Courtesy photo
NSD updates network connections over summer

This modernization project is made possible by the approval of the 2018 bond.

Courtesy photo 
                                Cameron Devine (left) and Bryce Devine (right) of Troop 61 are receiving their Eagle Scout rank on Aug. 16.
Two Bothell Boy Scouts earn Eagle Scout rank

Cameron and Bryce Devine of Troop 61 are receiving their Eagle Scout rank on Aug. 16.

Candidate funding for Northshore city races

Bothell and Kenmore each have four city council positions up for election this November.

Port of Seattle grants fund economic development across Eastside

This year, Port of Seattle funding supports economic development projects in Eastside cities.

FILE PHOTO: King County Sheriff’s Office deputies block off access to the Kent Station parking garage after a deputy shot and killed a suspect in a reportedly stolen Honda Civic in 2018.
King County Sheriff’s Office develops I-940 training to reduce deadly force

Recruits hired after Dec. 7 will need additional training coming out of the academy.

Kenmore seeking feedback to improve website

Residents are being asked to complete a survey about the current website by Aug. 5.