OLYMPIA, Wash. -- Just Monday, Benton County Commissioners decided Kennewick Mayor Pro-Tem Sharon Brown will fill Jerome Delvin's State Senate seat until the general elections in November. By Tuesday, Brown was busy making last minute plans to begin training by Thursday and start her new job by Monday.
Brown told NBC Right Now she was busy trying to find a place to live in Olympia and was feeling grateful for the opportunity to learn from Delvin before he begins his commissioner duties. The Kennewick City Council member and Mayor Pro-Tem said she really wanted to give the Tri-Cities a voice in Olympia and work on legislation that would ultimately result in job creation.
NBC Right Now also reached out to the two men who lost out to Brown, 8th District Representatives Brad Klippert and Larry Haler. Both men were in Olympia during session shared their future plans.
Klippert said he has no interest in running for the State Senate job come November and is concentrating on his House of Representative duties. "That's the position the citizens have asked me to fill and I'm going to concentrate completely on that at this time until that term is up,"said Klippert.
Representative Haler said he has not yet decided about his future plans for November. "I'm not rushing into it, and basically we're forming a steering committee to look at this and we'll be making a decision some time in the near future," said Haler. He said he is going to get feedback from his district and family before making any decisions.