TACOMA, Wash. – The vacancy in the Washington State Senate created by the death of Lakewood Senator Mike Carrell is now filled.
The Pierce County Council has appointed GOP Representative Steve O’Ban of University Place to succeed Carrell.
The appointment breaks a 24-24 tie in the upper chamber between Democrats and Republicans.
Carrell, a Republican, died last week of complications related to treatment of a pre-cancerous condition.
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