How Does This Work?
The process for replacing a partisan elected official is set by a combination of the Washington state constitution, state law, Washington State Democratic Party charter & bylaws and the bylaws and rules of the Clark County Democratic Central Committee. (CCDCC)
A list of three potential candidates, ranked in order of preference is sent by the local party organization (in this case, the CCDCC as Stuart is a Democrat) to be submitted to the remaining county commissioners, both Republicans, who have sixty days from receiving the list to select a replacement.
It has been a long standing tradition for the county commission (regardless of party affiliation) to respect the wishes of the local party and select their top ranked choice as happened in 2007 when (now) Congresswoman Jamie Herrera-Buetler, a Republican, was appointed by the then Democrat controlled county commission to replace former 18th LD representative Richard Curtis who had resigned.
What Happens on Friday?
The meeting will be called to order at 7pm by CCDCC Chairman Mike Heywood. The four previously announced candidates Craig Pridemore, Kelly Love Parker, Temple Lentz and Ed Barnes will have a chance to address the crowd.
Only Democratic Precinct Officers (PCO) who were elected in 2012 who currently reside in their precinct and "appointed" PCO's appointed to their home precinct before December 28, 2013 may vote in this election. "Acting" PCO's who are serving as a PCO in a precint they do not reside in are not eligible to vote in this election.
How is the Ranking Done?
PCOs will vote for one candidate, and the first candidate to receive 50% plus 1 of cast votes will top the list as the #1 preferred choice. If there are more than three candidates on the first ballot and no one receives a majority, the candidate with the least amount of votes will be dropped and the remaining candidates will be considered on the second ballot, and so on.
This is an exciting and interesting process that all PCO's are encouraged to be part of and others who are interested are welcome to witness.