January 8, 2018
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Keith Wagoner, Sedro-Woolley mayor, appointed to state Senate, replacing former Sen. Kirk Pearson

With no debate, countywide elected officials from Snohomish, Skagit and King counties voted unanimously Wednesday to appoint Keith Wagoner, mayor of Sedro-Woolley, as the new state senator in the 39th Legislative District. Wagoner replaces former Sen. Kirk Pearson, who resigned to take a position in the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Wagoner will serve for the remainder of the year, and will have to run for reelection this fall to keep the seat past November.

Wagoner was the preferred choice of Republican party activitists in the 39th District. They presented the county council and commission members with three choices to replace Pearson. Along with Wagoner, they offered former state Rep. Elizabeth Scott, of Monroe, and party stalwart Georgene Faries.

Wagoner retired in 2007 as a U.S. Navy commander after 23 years piloting helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft. He served five years on the Sedro-Woolley City Council before being elected mayor in 2015.

The Herald covered the story.

A full list of lawmakers and their contact information can be found on the Legislature’s website.

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