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Rep. Buri’s replacements nominated…

Palousitics covered the GOP precinct committee officers' picking of three nominees to replace former Rep. David Buri, R-Colfax.

The day, according to writer (and PCO, apparently) Tom Forbes, started with six nominees: Jeff Phelps, Tedd Nealey, Joe Schmick, Michael Echanove, Allan Gainer and Darin Watkins.

Here's some comment from each.

When the dust settled, the top three were:

Palouse Mayor Michael Echanove, Colfax farmer Joe Schmick and LaCrosse farmer and teacher Tedd Nealy.

-Joe Schmick, a farmer from Colfax.
-Tedd Nealey, a farmer and teacher from LaCrosse.
-and Michael Echanove, mayor of the city of Palouse.

All three have run unsuccessfully for legislative seats before: Echanove in 2004 and Schmick and Nealey last year.

The final selection will be made by the county commissioners in the legislative district, meaning Whitman, Spokane, Adams, Asotin, Franklin and Garfield counties.

Short takes and breaking news from the Washington Legislature and the state capital.