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County Commissioners Unanimously Appoint Jeff Baxter to 4th District Senate Seat

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SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash. – After a full day of interviews and deliberations, the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) unanimously selected Jeff Baxter to fill the 4th District Senate seat previously held by Senator Bob McCaslin (McCaslin resigned citing health concerns).  In January, the local Republican Party presented the BOCC with the names of three nominees: Jeff Baxter, Roy Murry and Rep. Matt Shea. 

Consistent with previous appointment processes conducted by the Board, the nominees were notified that additional information was to be submitted to the Clerk of the Board, consisting of a resume, biography, personal statement for seeking the position, a statement of qualifications, a completed F1 form as required by the Public Disclosure Commission, and any other relevant information.   

County staff also conducted a background check on each candidate, that consisted of searching public information that is available through the Internet, Superior Court Management System (SCOMIS) and the records division of Spokane County area law enforcement, so that in fulfilling the Board's obligation under the State Constitution, they could complete a comprehensive review of all three candidates before appointing one to serve the citizens of the 4th Legislative District and the State of Washington (the 4th District represents an area stretching from the Spokane Valley to the northeast edge of Spokane County, including Liberty Lake, Millwood, Peone Prairie, Mead, Colbert, Chattaroy, and Elk).

The appointment of Jeff Baxter will be in effect until the election on November 8th, when voters in the 4th Legislative District decide who will fill the remainder of McCaslin's term, which expires at the end of 2012.

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