County council appoints Jan Drago to fill 8th District seat

The King County Council on Monday voted unanimously to appoint former Seattle City Council President Jan Drago to fill the vacancy on the council created when Dow Constantine became county executive.

Last month, the council’s eight members deadlocked over the appointment to the 8th District seat, which represents Vashon and Maury islands on the council. Republicans on the now-nonpartisan board wanted Drago; Democrats favored state Sen. Joe McDermott.

The stalemate was broken when councilmember Larry Phillips announced his decision support Drago.

“It’s time to end the impasse and end the disenfranchisement of District 8 citizens,” Phillips said in a statement."They deserve representation as the council begins taking up business in 2010."

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