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Politics Northwest

The Seattle Times political team explores national, state and local politics.

July 9, 2012 at 8:53 AM

Rossi back to Olympia?

Former state Sen. Dino Rossi
Source: Seattle Times/Jim Bates

Dino Rossi may be heading back to the state Legislature, and his old seat as state senator from the 5th District.

Republican Party activists have tapped Rossi, two-time candidate for governor, as their preferred candidate to fill a vacancy created when Cheryl Pflug, R-Maple Valley, bailed from the 5th District senate seat in May to take a job with the Washington Growth Management Hearings Board.

The King County Council is scheduled Monday to appoint an interim replacement for Pflug until early December, when the winner of a Nov. 6 election for a full four-year term is certified and sworn-in. (Candidates in that race are Democrat Mark Mullet of Issaquah and Republican Brad Toft of Snoqualmie.)

Guided by state law and King County Republican Central Committee bylaws, county GOP chair Lori Sotelo recommended three candidates to the county council. In order of preference, they are Rossi, Republican 5th District chair Bob Brunjes, and 5th District activist Kathryn Kaluzny.

If appointed, Rossi would serve about five months. He has said he didn’t seek the appointment but would serve to help the GOP.

Comments | More in Politics Northwest | Topics: Cheryl Pflug, Dino Rossi, King County Council

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