11 Candidates for Constantine's Seat

By Erica C. Barnett November 24, 2009

The official list of candidates to fill the seat formerly held by new King County Executive Dow Constantine on the King County Council (Constantine is being sworn in downtown as we speak) includes the six names we reported last week, plus five others, according to a press release from new King County Council chair Bob Ferguson.

An ad hoc committee appointed by the county will now review the list, which includes four candidates who say they would run for reelection, five who say they would serve as one-year placeholders, and two who did not specify one way or another.

In addition to the three we reported last week—former city council member Jan Drago, current state Rep. Sharon Nelson (D-34), and former Burien mayor Arun Jhaveri—public policy consultant Helen Howell and former Normandy Park mayor Kathleen Quong-Vermeire have stated their interest in filling  Constantine's seat as a caretaker.

And, in addition to State Sen. Joe McDermott (D-34) and Normandy Park Mayor Shawn McEvoy, Burien City Council member Lucy Krakowiak and architect and waterfront tunnel advocate Vlad Oustimovitch, have said they would seek to run for reelection next year if appointed.

State Rep. Zack Hudgins (D-11), whom we listed among the candidates who would run for reelection, is now being coy about whether he would seek the seat permanently. The Seattle Times reports that county roads commissioner Jake Jacobovitch said he would prefer to run for reelection, but would commit not to run if appointed as a caretaker.

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