Officials start process to replace state Sen. Cheryl Pflug
June 19, 2012
King County Council members started the process June 11 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.
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 between Issaquah Councilman Mark Mullet, a Democrat, and Snoqualmie businessman Brad Toft, a Republican.