King County Council starts process to appoint state Sen. Cheryl Pflug’s successor

June 10, 2012

By Warren Kagarise

NEW — 10 a.m. June 10, 2012 

King County Council members start the process Monday to appoint a successor to Republican state Sen. Cheryl Pflug.

Under state law, the council is responsible for appointing a successor to the Senate seat after Pflug resigns July 1 to accept a state board post. 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 of Pflug’s resignation.

The council is scheduled to act on a motion to start the appointment process.

In May, Gov. Chris 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 cannot serve simultaneously on the board and in the Legislature. Pflug intends to resign from the Senate on July 1, the same day the state board appointment starts.

Pflug’s successor is not expected to serve for long. Come July 1, only about six months remain before the Senate term expires.

The seat is up for election in the meantime. Pflug withdrew from the race at the last minute, setting up a contest between Issaquah Councilman Mark Mullet, a Democrat, and Snoqualmie businessman Brad Toft, a Republican. Election Day is Nov. 6.

Pflug, a 13-year legislator, ascended to the Senate through the council appointment process, after then-Sen. Dino Rossi resigned to run for governor. Before the Senate appointment in 2004, she represented Issaquah and the 5th Legislative District in the state House of Representatives since 1999.

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