Democrats have finally recruited a candidate for the key state Senate race in South King County’s 30th district — Shari Song, a real-estate agent who last year unsuccessfully challenged Metropolitan King County Councilmember Reagan Dunn.
Song, however, will have to combat carpetbagging charges as she is moving from Bellevue to Federal Way just in time for the race.
In a Thursday news release, Song stressed her ties to the district, noting that she previously lived there for years, founded the Federal Way Mission Church Preschool and served on the Federal Way Diversity Commission. She said she was moving back to be closer to husband’s elderly parents.
“I want to continue my community service by working for the values we all care about – educating our children, protecting our seniors and honoring our veterans,” she said.
Song will face Mark Miloscia, a former Democratic state representative running as a Republican.
The 30th, which includes Federal Way, Des Moines, Milton, Algona, Pacific and part of Auburn, is a swing district and now represents an open seat after the retirement of longtime Democratic state Sen. Tracey Eide.
Democrats, who need to gain two seats to regain control of the state Senate and are aggressively targeting three seats, were caught off guard by Eide’s retirement and had to scramble to find a candidate.
Song has already won the endorsement of State Democratic Leader Sharon Nelson, as well as Eide and House Speaker Frank Chopp, she said in her news release.