Photo by Pat Myers - Newly appointed State Senator Dean Takko takes the oath of office in Longview last Thursday afternoon.
Last Thursday the county commissioners of the 19th District met to select the district's next State Senator. Last month Senator Brian Hatfield resigned his seat so he could work for the governor's office. The result of that resignation and the unmanned seat meant that the commissioners of the 5 counties in the district would have to vote in a replacement for Senator Hatfield. All 15 commissioners from the counties of Pacific, Grays Harbor, Lewis, Cowlitz and Wahkiakum were present for the proceedings. For the seat of Senator there were 2 candidates vying for the seat, State Representative Dean Takko and Longview City Councilman Steve Moon. The candidates were given a 5-minute opening presentation. Each county was then given 2 questions to ask of the candidates; the candidates were given 2 minutes to respond and then a minute to follow up. Once all counties had put forward their questions, mostly pertaining to their own counties, the chairman of the board called for and announced the votes from each of the commissioners. Takko received 13 of the 15 votes and was immediately sworn in as the next State Senator for the 19th District. Following a short recess the commissioners reconvened this time to choose the successor for the newly vacated seat of State Representative. The three candidates that were chosen to be considered for the seat were JD Rossetti, who interned for Senator Hatfield and works presently as an aide to Representative Brian Blake, Tiffany Turner and Jim Sayce both of Seaview. Going through the same process used to select the senate seat all three candidates made opening remarks and responded to questions. At the end JD Rossetti received the necessary votes to become the District's newest legislator. Rossetti received 12 of the 15 available votes.