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.

Cheryl Pflug

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.)

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3 Responses to “Governor appoints Sen. Cheryl Pflug to state growth board”

  1. Pieter Hart on May 21st, 2012 8:30 pm

    This is the worst kind of politics. Senator Pflug left the 5th district two years ago and hasnt returned. She now jumps parties for a new job to endorse the Democrat with a slap in the face to her fellow Republican constituents in the Senate.

    I look forward to seeing how this plays out. An endorsement for Mullet by this jackal will not be an asset.

  2. Ira Poiuytre on May 21st, 2012 9:17 pm

    Why does this seem so very strange to me. Chicago-style politics are alive and well in the PNW.


  3. Sally on May 22nd, 2012 9:49 am

    Good luck to Cheryl Pflug. She has represented the Chamber of Comnerce and herself well, never voted FOR anybody’s welfare or anthing progressiv. I commend her stance on Marriage Equality which had to be a huge leap for her. Being appointed to this board is timely. The Issaquah area and this side of the state is about to compete with Seattle in size and development. Local government is out of control with big time ego. Maybe Pflug will be a star in the arena of out of control growth and will then build Chamber of Commerce units that buy her party.

    I wonder if this was the best the Govenor could find.

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