On October 29th, our Democratic family lost Roger Freeman, State Representative for the 30th District, who passed away due to cancer. His name remained on the ballot, and he went on to win the race for State Representative on Election Day.

According to our Charter and By-Laws, and the Washington State Constitution, the precinct committee officers (PCOs) of the 30th District will select nomineees to fill Rep. Freeman’s seat in the State House. The King County Council and Pierce County Council will then appoint one of the nominees to serve a year-long term. The appointee will face re-election in 2015.

The special caucus of the 30th District will be held on:

December 1st, 7:00 p.m.
Washington Education Association Building
32032 Weyerhaeuser Way S., Federal Way, WA 98001

While we work to fill this vacancy, we honor the legacy of Rep. Freeman. With the passing of Rep. Freeman, the Democratic Party has lost a member of its family and the state has lost a strong voice for social justice. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and the community he represented so well.

Governor Jay Inslee released the following statement on Rep. Freeman:

“Roger came to the state Legislature with a passion for serving his community and advocating for the most vulnerable, particularly children and children with disabilities. He was fully committed to his work despite the battle he faced against cancer, and was one of the most professional, eloquent and kind-hearted legislators I’ve had the pleasure of working with. Trudi and I send our deepest condolences to Roger’s wife, Sonya, and their two young children. Our thoughts are with them and everyone who served with him. I know they’ll miss him too.”