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May 21, 2012 at 6:10 PM

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Gregoire appoints Sen. Cheryl Pflug to $92,500 per year job

Gov. Chris Gregoire has appointed Republican Sen. Cheryl Pflug, R-Maple Valley, to the Washington Growth Management Hearings Board.

The job starts on July 1 and pays $92,500 per year. Pflug will serve a six-year term as the Central Puget Sound representative serving King, Snohomish, Pierce and Kitsap counties.

Pflug withdrew her candidacy for the state Senate. Board members can't serve in the Legislature, according to the governor's office. And Pflug said she would not endorse the other Republican candidate who filed for the office, Brad Toft of Snoqualmie.

Mark Mullet, of Issaquah, is running for the 5th District Senate seat as a Democrat.

When asked if her withdrawal could give the seat to Democrats, Pflug said, "You know, it may."

Senate Republican Leader Mike Hewitt, R-Walla Walla, said he didn't have advanced warning it was going to happen. He didn't sound too happy about it.

Pflug was one of four Republicans who crossed party lines to support legislation legalizing gay marriage earlier this year. Pflug and the governor's office said that had nothing to do with her appointment.

The Growth Management Board was created in 1990 and rules on county and city growth-planning disputes. Pflug was elected to the state House in 1998 and moved to the state Senate in 2004.

Democrats currently hold a 27-22 split in the Senate and the GOP had been talking up its chances of taking control of the chamber.

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