WHEN WOULD A NEW GOVERNOR BE ELECTED?
If Inslee quits before mid-May, when candidates in Washington state begin filing to run for office, the special election to replace him would be held in November 2021. If he resigns after candidate filing week begins in May, the timing of the special election is less clear, said Kylee Zabel, a spokesperson for Washington’s Office of the Secretary of State. Zabel said the secretary of state’s office and the state attorney general “are conferring on that hypothetical scenario” right now.
Whenever the special election occurs, whoever wins would serve the remainder of Inslee’s four-year term, which runs through January 2025.
WHAT ARE INSLEE’S CHANCES?
Aseem Prakash, a political science professor at the University of Washington, said the selection of Inslee for a cabinet post or cabinet-level role is within the realm of possibility.
Prakash, the founding director of the UW’s Center for Environmental Politics, said he thinks EPA administrator or energy secretary could be a fit for Inslee, should he be tapped for a federal job. Prakash said others have started to emerge as favorites for the Interior department, including U.S. Rep. Deb Haaland of New Mexico, who would be the first Native American cabinet secretary if she is selected.
Biden is facing several different pressures as he chooses his cabinet, Prakash said.
“I think the left is putting pressure on him, and they’re giving two kinds of signals,” Prakash said. “One is that you need someone who is totally committed to a Green New Deal. And, secondly, they want someone who is representing the diversity of the Democratic coalition.”