Commissioners from Lincoln, Yakima, Grant and Kittitas counties will meet Monday in Ephrata to select a new 13th District state representative.
State Rep. Matt Manweller, R-Ellensburg, plans to step down on Monday, the first day of the legislative session.
Republican party precinct committee officers from the four counties forwarded a list of three names for the opening: Danny Stone, a wheat farmer from Grant and Lincoln counties who has been a pastor for 28 years; Quincy school board member Alex Ybarra; and former state legislator Ian Elliot, who lives in the Ellensburg area.
The 12 county commissioners will vote on Manweller’s replacement. The meeting is set for 4 p.m. at the Grant County Courthouse, 35 C St. Northwest in Ephrata, and is open to the public, according to agenda materials.
Manweller was asked to resign from the Legislature by Republican party leaders in September following allegations he had a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old former high school student in 1997. He has denied the account.
Central Washington University fired the political science professor last fall after an investigation into his conduct with female students. Manweller has denied the allegations and is suing for wrongful termination.
He was re-elected in November, and said he would resign if elected.