David Kosorok has seven children, works long hours as a manager at Microsoft, is studying for a second college degree and, until two months...
David Kosorok has seven children, works long hours as a manager at Microsoft, is studying for a second college degree and, until two months ago, was fighting thyroid cancer.
He would prefer, if he can help it, to stop serving on the Carnation City Council, a four-year stretch of committee meetings, paperwork and public debate that pays $200 a month. He likes the job, he says, but “there’s a lot of things on my plate.”
Unfortunately for the 41-year-old family man, no one has filed to replace him and if no one does by tomorrow, he’ll be forced to stay on another two years or resign.
Resignation isn’t an option, he said, since he cares too much about the city to leave it in a tight spot. So either he or his wife, Kimberly, who just gave birth two weeks ago, will file for the job if no one else does.
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Kosorok’s job is one of 14 open positions in King County; Snohomish County has six. It’s common for a few jobs to go without candidates after the initial filing deadline, which was July 29, so election officials hold a three-day extended filing period for the open jobs.
Last-minute candidates generally swoop in before the extended deadline, election officials said. But if no one steps up, according to state law, the incumbents are in the uncomfortable position of either quitting or remaining in a job they don’t want.
For Kosorok, the situation is difficult because he says he will not let the position go unfilled. Appointing a replacement takes up valuable time for the city, he said. Kosorok was appointed seven months ago to replace a council member who resigned.
“My wife and I are both passionate about the city of Carnation, and we want to make sure the city is taken care of,” he said.
So he’s calling friends who agree with his conservative political positions to try to persuade them to run by tomorrow’s deadline. “I’m not overly concerned,” he said. Still, his friends are “also really intelligent, nice people, and sometimes people who are nice and intelligent don’t want to get near politics.”
Elected positions stay open on occasion, even after the extended deadline, though they are usually in little-known utility districts and small cities, election officials said.
Most of the jobs without candidates in King and Snohomish counties are in fire, water or sewer districts that even their own residents may not know about.
Fire District 47 around Kanaskat in southeast King County is looking for a commissioner. Fire District 23 east of Granite Falls has an open job.
One vacancy in Snohomish County will probably never be filled. The population of Jordan Village, near Arlington, dropped to zero last year when the Love Israel communal family moved away. But the county can’t legally take the village sewer commission off the ballot for five years, so the phantom openings remain, said Election Manager Carolyn Diepenbrock.
The deadline to file for the open positions is 4:30 p.m. tomorrow for King County and 5 p.m. tomorrow in Snohomish County.
For more information, call King County Elections at 206-296-1565 or Snohomish County Elections at 425-388-3444.
Ashley Bach: 206-464-2567 or firstname.lastname@example.org