Anacortes City Council member Liz Lovelett is the new state Senator for the 40th District. She was sworn in Tuesday, February 5, 2019 after receiving the most votes from Whatcom, Skagit and San Juan County council members.
The 40th District Washington State Democrats met in Bellingham Saturday, February 2, 2019 to select three people to be considered to filll the state Senate seat vacated by Kevin Ranker.
First choice was former Representative Kristine Lytton, second choice was Anacortes City Council member Liz Lovelett, and third choice was Businesss Agent for Laborers Local 292 and Secretary-reasurer of the Northwest Washington Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO Trevor Smith.
The list of three names were forwarded to the three county councils/commissions in the 40th District.
Whatcom Council member Rud Browne and San Juan Council member Jamie Stephens were not allowed to be nominated. A 34-year-old Attorney General Opinion stated sitting county commissioners/council members were not eligible. They could have resigned their seats before the February 2 meeting and become eligible.
Ranker, the former senator from Orcas Island, resigned after being accused of harrassment and creating a hostile work environment.