If Kelley’s position becomes vacant before May 11, whomever the governor appoints to replace Kelley will serve until November 2015, when a special election will be held to decide who will serve the remainder of the unexpired term. If the position becomes vacant on May 11 or afterward, Gov. Jay Inslee’s appointee will serve through November 2016, when the office would normally be up for re-election.
Washington state has a well-deserved reputation for clean government. Kelley has single-handedly given it a national black eye. Remaining in office, even while on a leave, prolongs the damage. He should take the suggestion of Gov. Jay Inslee, Attorney General Bob Ferguson, Treasurer Jim McIntire, legislative leaders and this editorial board and quit, now.
Amid calls for his resignation from Democrats, Republicans and Gov. Jay Inslee, Kelley maintained his innocence and announced he would be taking a leave of absence from his position starting May 1. “I take this action to allow my office to the important work without distractions and to allow me to participate fully in my defense, I fully expect to resume my duties when these old legal matters are finally put to rest.”
“We recognize that change will not happen overnight, but by allowing influence-peddling, kickbacks, and the misappropriation of funds to be controlled by elected representatives of the people, Cuba will earn the world’s trust and respect. It’s time for Cuba to embrace the same dishonest, nominally democratic form of government that all of its neighbors have.”
Yakima will appeal a federal court ruling in a voting rights case brought by the American Civil Liberties Union, but elections under a new system ordered by the court will proceed later this year. Because the City Council didn’t seek a stay of the federal judge’s order, all seven council seats will be up for election later this year
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