Fall election for Reardon successor appears unlikely

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by ERIC WILKINSON / KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on May 8, 2013 at 7:56 PM

Updated Wednesday, May 8 at 8:00 PM

It now appears there will not be an election this year to replace embattled Snohomish County Executive Aaron Reardon. Reardon announced his resignation two months ago, but has not filed the formal paperwork.

The lack of clarity has some voters angry.

At Buck's American Café in downtown Everett, they know the importance of serving the public. So, when one particular public servant is mentioned around here, it goes over like last week's leftovers.

Aaron Reardon was a rising political star when a sex scandal forced the Snohomish County Executive to announce he's leaving his office. But Reardon still hasn't formally resigned. That's important because if he doesn't do so by Monday, May 13, the interim executive appointed by the County Council won't face an election until 2014.

Essentially, a Democrat picked by Democrats would have a free year to lead the county. That leaves a bad taste in the mouths of voters at Buck’s, who believe they should have a choice.

“We're entitled to put in office who we want,” said Ben Wells. “Let the people vote.”

The County Council went so far as to send a letter to Reardon last week, asking him to formally resign as soon as possible, but it doesn't look like he intends to do it.

Reardon has kept a very low-profile since the scandal, refusing interviews, but KING 5 caught up with him outside his office on Wednesday. When asked when he will submit his formal resignation he replied, “very shortly.”

When asked if it would be by the May 13 deadline, he replied, “It’ll be done by the 31st.”

That would mean no election for Reardon's appointed successor this fall. Back at Buck’s, some believe that’s a good thing.

“I think that person needs some time to change things around,” said Cynthia First. “If they have to stand for election in November after just coming into office in June, it doesn't give them enough time to make changes.”
 
Some have questioned whether Reardon may end up reneging on his resignation, but County Councilman Brian Sullivan told KING 5 he is “confident” Reardon will leave office.

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