Pat McCarthy, Calvin Goings will both be on the RCV ballot in November as Democratic candidates for Pierce County executive.
The county Democratic Party voted 55-45 last night to allow up to three Democratic candidates in the only partisan county races at stake – executive and county council. Here’s the overnight report from county Democratic chairman Nathe Lawver:
Our party reaffirmed its faith in the democratic process and the will of Pierce County voters by approving up to three candidates in the Rank Choice Voting environment.
It is important that voters have choices, and it is apparent by the last two November ballots concerning RCV, that voters understand this new voting system.
We will now work hard to see to it that our county is in the hands of a party that believes in fiscal responsibility, open government, and prudent growth.
I’m proud of what we accomplished tonight.
Ken Miller, another Democratic activist in attendance emailed this report:
(The meeting) was excellent, actually. About 100 PCOs (precinct committee officers) – unheard of – plus many others. Three hours of discussion, with one person speaking at a time and people listening. Ended up about 55-45 in favor of up to three candidates per office.
Races for county auditor, assessor and sheriff will also be on the RCV ballot, but voters this year opted to make them non-partisan. Contests for judges and prosecutor will be on the regular general election ballot, after a primary in August.