Apply now to vote for state Senate endorsement

The 40th Legislative District will hold a vote to endorse a Democratic candidate to run for the state Senate seat of Harriet Spanel, who has announced her retirement.

Candidates vying for this position are: San Juan County Councilman Kevin Ranker, as well as Hue Beattie, Ken Henderson, Stephanie Kountouros and Paul Gonzales. They will attend meetings on each island June 7 and 8 for Democrats to meet them and then vote for their choice.

In order to vote for the endorsement, you must be a member of the 40th Legislative District Organization. Membership forms must be postmarked by May 27. Membership forms may obtained from

Events to meet the candidates and vote are as follows.

— Lopez: June 7, 10 a.m., Lopez Library.
— Orcas: June 7, 2 p.m., Fire Hall.
— San Juan: June 8, 4 p.m., Senior Center.
— Skagit: June 9, 6 p.m., P.U.D., 1450 Freeway Drive, Mount Vernon.
— Whatcom: June 10, 6 p.m., Bloedel Donovan, 2214 Electric St., Bellingham.

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