Field narrows to two for Cooper’s county council seat

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The competition for the just-vacated 3rd District Snohomish County Council seat is down to two people, with the announcement by 21st District Rep. Marko Liias (D-Edmonds) that he will not be seeking appointment to the County Council seat being vacated by Mike Cooper, who will be sworn in Friday as Edmonds mayor.

“I appreciate all the interest and encouragement from throughout the community and in the media, but I already have a job that I love as our state representative,” Liias wrote on his blog Wednesday. “It is an honor to serve in Olympia, and I intend to continue my work in the Legislature.”

That leaves Edmonds City Councilmember D.J.Wilson and Lynnwood City Council Vice President Stephanie Wright in the running for the appointment to the County Council. Liias announced he is endorsing Wright, calling her “a consensus builder and a leader.”

Wilson, meanwhile, has picked up the endorsement of 21st District Sen. Paull Shin (D-Edmonds). Wilson also launched a Facebook page and website promoting his candidacy for the appointment.

The next step is for Democratic party precinct committee officers to meet in late July to choose three candidates to fill the remainder of Cooper’s term, which runs though 2011. Until that happens, it’s possible that other interested names could surface for the position.

When Cooper is sworn in as Edmonds mayor at 4 p.m. Friday, his resignation from the county council will take effect at the same time. County councilmembers will choose his successor from among the three finalist candidates, probably in late August.

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