Contact: Stephanie Cates, Spokane GOP Chair
7th District Republicans to move quickly to replace Senator
Dansel’s resignation means Senate is tied
Spokane, WA, January 25, 2017 – With the resignation of Senator Brian Dansel to take a job with the Trump administration, the Precinct Committee Officers (PCOs) of the Republican Party in the 7th Legislative District will gather this Sunday, January 29, to nominate three candidates to replace him.
Five counties (Spokane, Stevens, Pend Oreille, Ferry, and Okanogan) comprise the 7th Legislative District. All elected 7th District PCOs from each of those counties will gather Sunday at 3 pm at the Chewelah Civic Center, 315 E. Clay Avenue in Chewelah.
“Senate Republicans and the Washington State Republican Party are motivated to see this position filled quickly,” said Spokane County Chairwoman Stephanie Cates. “The Dansel vacancy leaves the State Senate, which is now in session, in a tied position – relying on Democrat Lieutenant Governor Cyrus Habib as tie-breaker.”
“Filling a vacancy in the state legislature is one of the most important jobs of our Precinct Committee Officers, and we are confident that our PCOs will appreciate the urgent need to hold this meeting,” Cates added.
Shortly after the PCOs identify their three nominees, the body of County Commissioners from each of the five counties will vote on the candidates and appoint one individual to fill the vacant position. Dansel’s move also prompts a 2017 special election for the 7th District State Senate seat. The newly appointed Senator may expect a challenge for that position in the August primary and November general election.
*** .pdf version of the actual Senator Brian Dansel vacancy announcement