Washington State Wire: AG, Secretary of State Issue Joint Statement Regarding Gubernatorial Succession

The Washington State attorney general and secretary of state have issued a joint statement regarding gubernatorial succession because of questions asked about what would happen if current governor Inslee were to accept an office in a Biden Presidential administration.

From Washington State Wire:

In light of recent inquiries from members of the press and public, Attorney General Bob Ferguson and Secretary of State Kim Wyman are jointly providing information about what happens under Washington law if the governor resigns to accept a position in a presidential administration.

If the governor were to resign, article III, section 10 of the Washington Constitution provides that the lieutenant governor would perform the duties of the Office of Governor. The Washington Supreme Court, in 1902, held that the lieutenant governor also continues to serve in the Office of Lieutenant Governor while performing the governor’s duties. State ex rel. Murphy v. McBride, 29 Wash. 335, 339-40, 70 P. 25 (1902). There would thus be no vacancy in the Office of Lieutenant Governor.

That said, under article II, section 10 of the Washington Constitution, the lieutenant governor would not continue to serve as President of the Senate while performing the duties of the governor. The Senate would choose its own presiding officer during that time, much as it regularly designates one of its members to preside when the lieutenant governor is unavailable.

Article III, section 10 of the Washington Constitution requires that if the governor resigns within the first two years of his term, voters elect a person to fill the remainder of the term at the next general election. In this hypothetical scenario, that would take place in November 2021. Some have asked if an election to fill a vacancy in the Office of Governor can take place in 2021 in light of the language of RCW 29A.04.321 specifying certain other vacancies that can be filled by election in odd-numbered years. Since the Constitution itself specifies that the election occurs at the next general election (which would be in 2021), the omission of the governor from the list in statute makes no difference.

Under this hypothetical scenario, there would not be an election for lieutenant governor in 2021. The lieutenant governor would continue to serve in that position while performing the duties of the Office of Governor.

WA Gov. Candidate Joshua Freed Meet and Greet, July 31st, Prosser

A Meet and Greet for Washington Gubernatorial candidate Joshua Freed will be held on Friday, July 31, 2020 at 7:00 pm in The Patriot Barn at 22236 N. Hinzerling Rd, Prosser. If you plan to attend the meet and greet, please RSVP to Frank Ver Mulm so that we know how much food and drink to prepare. Tri-tip, soda, beer and wine will be served.

Joshua and Lindie Freed are college sweethearts and have been married for 23 years.

Cancelled – WA Gov. Candidate Joshua Freed Meet and Greet, July 18th, Prosser

Update: We’re sorry, but this event has been cancelled. We hope to reschedule later. Update 2: Rescheduled for Friday, July 31st.

A Meet and Greet Fundraiser for Washington Gubernatorial candidate Joshua Freed will be held on Saturday, July 18, 2020 at 7:00 pm in The Patriot Barn at 22236 N. Hinzerling Rd, Prosser.

Joshua and Lindie Freed are college sweethearts and have been married for 23 years.

Gov. Candidate Loren Culp Speaks in Richland on Sept. 28, 2019

EVENT: Public Meeting
WHEN: Saturday, September 28th, 2019
TIME: Starting at 6:00 p.m.
WHERE: Island View Worship Center
LOCATION: 1520 Fowler St, Richland, Washington
Loren Culp, who is running for governor in 2020, will be in speaking on September 28th.
Clint Didier will also be in attendance with Loren.

Click here to download a pdf flyer for the event.

Loren Culp has been married to his high school sweetheart Barbara for 41 years. He is the father of two and grandfather of seven. Loren is a lifelong resident of Washington State. He attended school in Chimacum (Jefferson County) and Republic (Ferry County).

He is a U.S. Army Veteran, a member of the American Legion and a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW). He is currently the Police Chief of Republic, WA and the author of the #1 best selling book “American Cop”.

America needs warriors now more than ever and Loren Culp is a shining example of how our Founding Fathers hoped all Americans would be.”
~ Ted Nugent

WA Governor Candidate Loren Culp to Speak at Aug. 15 General Assembly

The Lower Valley Assembly will hold its next general assembly on Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Our speaker will be candidate for governor Loren Culp, current Police Chief of Republic, WA. He will begin speaking at 7:00 p.m in the Patriot Barn at 22202 N. Hinzerling Rd north of Prosser.

1911bakery will have baked goods for sale and is donating proceeds to the campaign. Don’t forget your wallet! You can check into the Facebook event by clicking here.

Click here to download a printable PDF agenda.

Edit: A transcript of Chief  Culp’s speech at this meeting is posted here.

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