Cynthia Wolken

Cynthia Wolken

Montana State Sen. Cynthia Wolken, D-Missoula, announced her resignation Friday, after starting as the deputy director of the state Department of Corrections earlier this month.

Although Wolken’s effective last day is Feb. 16, the resignation triggers an appointment process.

Replacement candidates will be selected by the Missoula Democratic Central Committee, as per Montana Code Annotated, and voted on by the Board of County Commissioners.

The committee has 45 days to find candidates, and the commissioners have another 15 days to appoint someone.

Thursday, House District 89 Representative Nate McConnell, a Democrat, filed to run for Wolken’s seat (Senate District 48) in November.

Senate District 48 covers parts of Missoula’s Westside neighborhood, the Reserve Street corridor and area south of Mullan Road.

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