Local politicians contend to be potential McMorris Rodgers successor

Local politicians contend to be potential McMorris Rodgers successor

SPOKANE, Wash. - With McMorris Rodgers a top contender for a position on the Trump team, Spokane residents are wondering what a new job for McMorris Rodgers would mean for her Eastern Washington seat.

The possibility of an open position is sure to draw some local politicians to throw their hats in the ring.

KXLY4's Jack Ferris spoke Friday with a handful of ambitious local leaders who are putting themselves in position to fill that 5th district seat that McMorris Rodgers may vacate.

Senator Michael Baumgartner is one of the hopefuls. "Well, you know, we want as many good people running for this position, no one should feel like they're entitled, this is the people's seat, you know I'm looking forward to a good race," he said Friday.

If it's a good race he is looking for, it appears he'll get just that.

By the time the Republican announced his intention to succeed McMorris Rodgers, a handful of other public figures had already done the same, including his fellow Republican, Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich.

Sheriff Knezovich said, "they're going to be very big shoes to fill. She was very active in the community and she cared very deeply for this community. Whoever decides that they're going to step up and do this, they need to bring that kind of commitment to this community. I really think that Cathy has done a great job, and no one knows what's going to happen yet because she hasn't said yes."

Baumgartner and Knezovich are just two of several local Republicans who are reportedly interested in the congressional seat. Another name being mentioned is that of Spokane mayor David Condon, who used to work for McMorris Rodgers but declined to comment on the potential opening.

While some politicians are waiting for the seat to officially be vacated, others are hitting the ground running. One of those others is Democratic City Council President Ben Stuckart, who already has his campaign headquarters set up.

Stuckart said about his desire to fill the seat, "people out there feel left behind, I don't think anybody agrees that the current economic recovery is reaching all members of our society, and I think people just want to be heard. So I don't care if you're a republican or a democrat, I think we need to recognize that the economic recovery has not touched those at the bottom. We need someone to fight and recreate that middle class."

Along with the four names mentioned, we also spoke with Democrat and current Chancellor of Washington State, Lisa Brown. Brown, like Mayor Condon, said she could not speak about the position, because after all, it is currently held by Cathy McMorris Rodgers.