KGMI News Reporting
By Mike Curtiss
OLYMPIA, Wash. – Olympia lawmakers are grieving the death of one of their own own as Republican State Senator Mike Carrell has died.
Democratic Senator Kevin Ranker of Orcas Island says Carrell was one of the hardest working lawmakers in Olympia and he will be sorely missed.
Republican Doug Ericksen of Ferndale says Carrell’s death is a huge loss to the Senate.
Play Doug Ericksen on Mike Carrell’s death
Carrell’s death leaves one less Republican in the Senate until his replacement is appointed.
Ericksen says this shouldn’t affect the current budget negotiations, but having another Republican in the Senate would help the process go quicker.
The Lakewood senator passed away Wednesday after battling a blood disorder for months.