It’s a game of musical chairs in Snohomish County politics.
Lynnwood City Council Vice President Stephanie Wright might try to make a move to the Snohomish County Council.
Wright confirmed her plans in an e-mail to Lynnwood Today. “I do plan to seek the appointment, if the position does become open,” she said.
The is the latest development in a series of moves in local politics. It all started when Edmonds Mayor Gary Haakenson left to become Snohomish County Deputy Executive. Among the candidates vying to replace Haakenson as Edmonds mayor is current Snohomish County Councilman Mike Cooper. If he is chosen for that job, Wright said she would seek his vacant position on the Snhomish County Council.
Another candidate who hopes to take Cooper’s seat is Edmonds City Council member D.J. Wilson. And that’s where it gets tricky, as My Edmonds News explains:
Once there is a vacancy, precinct committee officers from District 3 (the council district that Cooper now represents) meet to pick their top three candidates for the appointment, ranking them in the order of preference. Those choices then go to the full Snohomish County Democratic Caucus, which approves them and sends them on the County Council. The Council, in turn, interviews all three ranked choices and makes the final appointment, with the winner needing three out of four councilmember votes.
Wilson said Sunday that he has been busy calling PCOs to ask for their support, and so far has 14 committed to vote for him if Cooper indeed gets the mayoral appointment and resigns. But Wilson also noted that another official interested in the potential vacancy – Lynnwood City Councilmember Stephanie Wright – happens to be married to Richard Wright, chair of the 21st District Democrats (and the 21st legislative district is where many of the PCOs belong).
The Edmonds City Council will select the new mayor at the July 20 council meeting.
It’s also worth noting that Mike Cooper’s legislative aide is Lynnwood City Council member Kimberly Cole.