At a 46th District Democrats meeting last night, state Rep. David Frockt was the top choice of the precinct committee officers to replace state Sen. Scott White. White died suddenly last month.

The District will now forward Frockt's name—along with two other "placeholder" names—to the King County Council. The Council will make the official appointment. State Rep. Phyllis Kenney (D-46) dropped out of the race.

Frockt had an unusually successful first session for a freshman, passing a nationally recognized environmental bill regulating coal tar sealant and passing a domestic violence victims rights bill.

A crowd of people, including former house candidate Gerry Pollet (who originally lost to White) and Justin Simmons, chair of the Metropolitan Democratic Club,  are now lining up to take Frockt's house seat.

One of the contenders got an immediate boost. US Rep. Jim McDermott, who doesn't typically weigh in on hyper-local stuff like this (I think he endorsed Peter Steinbrueck for City Council in 1997) endorsed longtime Democratic Party activist Javier Valdez.

McDermott sent out an email yesterday, stating:
I’m writing to let you know that I have endorsed Javier Valdez for the 46th District State House Appointment.

I have known Javier for many years and have watched him serve our party with intelligence, fairness, and skill. I know he has the necessary qualities to make a great legislator.

Valdez, who chaired the District between 2007 and 2009 and the 43rd District Democrats between 1997 and 2002, is a longtime State Democratic board member and works at Seattle City Light as a manager in the women and minority-owned business program.