Governor appoints Sen. Cheryl Pflug to state growth board
May 21, 2012
By Warren Kagarise
NEW — 8 p.m. May 21, 2012
Gov. Chris Gregoire appointed Republican state Sen. Cheryl Pflug, a representative for Issaquah and surrounding communities, to a state growth board Monday, the same day Pflug withdrew from the race for another legislative term.
The withdrawal leaves Issaquah Councilman Mark Mullet, a Democrat, and Snoqualmie businessman Brad Toft, a Republican, in the running to represent Issaquah and the reshaped 5th Legislative District in Olympia.
Gregoire appointed Pflug to a six-year term on the Washington Growth Management Hearings Board, the panel responsible for mediating disputes about planning and development issues in municipalities throughout the state. Members earn $92,500 per year.
Members cannot serve simultaneously on the board and in the Legislature. The appointment as a board member starts July 1, about six months before Pflug’s Senate term expires.
Under state law, the King County Council is responsible for appointing a successor to the Senate seat after Pflug resigns. The law calls for GOP officials to submit three candidates to the council for the open seat. Then, the council must make a selection within 60 days after Pflug’s resignation.
Pflug, a 13-year legislator, ascended to the Senate through the same process, after then-Sen. Dino Rossi resigned to run for governor. Before the Senate appointment in 2004, Pflug represented the district in the state House of Representatives since 1999.
“Cheryl is well respected by both sides of the aisle as an effective problem solver and has served her constituents well,” Gregoire said in a statement. “Her legislative experience and commitment to serve will be a great asset to the work of the board and I welcome her to this new role.”
In the Legislature, Pflug, a Maple Valley resident and a registered nurse, focused on health care policy. In the most recent regular legislative session, Pflug championed a Medicaid reform bill and joined a handful of Republican lawmakers to support legislation to legalize same-sex marriage in Washington.
Pflug also earned a spot in recent years among the legislators on the list for the most missed votes.
“It is an honor and privilege to receive this appointment by Gov. Gregoire,” she said in a statement. “I am excited for the opportunity to continue serving the citizens of our great state in another capacity and look forward to the challenges ahead.”
Pflug filed for re-election to the Senate last week and listed “Independent GOP Party” under party preference. Pflug did not report any campaign fundraising to the state Public Disclosure Commission in the most recent filing period. (Mullet raised $60,096 and Toft raised $12,804 in the most recent filing period.)