Clark County Democrats Executive Committee Sets Process in Motion
The Clark County Democrats Executive Committee met Monday, March 17th to set the schedule and process for replacing County Commissioner Steve Stuart who is resigning to accept a position as Ridgefield City Manager.
The process as defined by Washington state law allows the central committee of the party held by the resigning county official (Stuart is a Democrat) to submit a list of three names in order of preference to the remaining county commissioners who have 60 days to select a replacement from the list or the Governor will step in and make the appointment.
Although the remaining commissioners are not required to select the highest ranked candidate, it has been a long held tradition that regardless of party affiliation (in this case, the two sitting commissioners are both Republicans), the commission appoints the highest ranked choice. Reasoning includes that when the "shoe is on the other foot", and two Democrats are sitting on the board, that they would accept the local GOP party's top ranked selection. It's both good form and good politics. Two special sessions of the Clark County Democratic Central Committee have been called, for this Friday and next Friday, 7 p.m. at the Labor Center, 2212 Andresen Road. The business of selecting three candidates for Commissioner Steve Stuart's position will be the only item of business at the two meetings.
CANDIDATE MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS
Candidates interested in being considered must meet the minimum requirements for serving as a Commissioner which include being a registered voter living in District 3. Interested candidates are asked to e-mail CCDCC Chair Mike Heywood as soon as possible.
FRIDAY MARCH 21, 7PM : CANDIDATE FORUM
Candidates will make their cases and answer questions from the Democratic precinct committee officers. Three candidates have been identified as of March 18th, but others may announce their intentions at this meeting. The Forum is Friday March 21 at 7:00 PM at the Teamsters Hall on Andresen Road.
FRIDAY MARCH 28, 7PM : RANKING VOTE BY THE CLARK COUNTY PCO'S.
At this meeting there will be another opportunity for candidates to speak and answer questions. Then the assembled PCO's will vote to select three candidates and rank them in order of preference. The resulting list will be delivered to the Board of Clark County Commissioners upon Stuart's leaving his position. The voting meeting is Friday March 28 at 7:00 PM at the Teamsters/Labor Hall on Andresen Rd. All PCO's should plan to attend this meeting and vote. PCO's eligible to vote include elected PCO's, and appointed PCO's in office over 90 days (PCO's appointed by the CCDCC board prior to 12/28/2013),