John Smith appointed to state Senate seat
John Smith of Colville was chosen by county commissioners who made the appointment on Friday for the remaining two years of Morton's term for the 7th Legislative District.
Morton retired on Tuesday after 22 years. Smith, 39, is a former president of the Colville Chamber of Commerce and currently is serving as chairman of the chamber's business development committee.
He and his wife, Dezarae, run a produce farm and cattle ranch.
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