Senate seat goes to Pflug

SNOQUALMIE - Snoqualmie City Councilman Jay Rodne was not chosen this week by the Metropolitan King County Council to fill the state Senate seat left vacant by Dino Rossi, but a similar appointment may come in the next few weeks.

Rodne was one of three names submitted to the County Council by the King County Republican Party to replace Rossi, who retired last year to run for governor. Cheryl Pflug, a representative for the state House of Representatives in the 5th district, was chosen over Rodne and Katherine Kaluzny.

"I'm looking forward to the opportunity to continue the history of strong representation of the 5th District in the state Senate," Pflug said.. "While I will miss my colleagues in the House, it's a great honor to be selected to serve in the Senate."

Rodne didn't want Rossi's seat, however, and lobbied for Pflug's appointment. He said he will be vying for Pflug's seat.

"I'm very excited about Cheryl being appointed. She has a proven track record," Rodne said. "I am very hopeful I will receive support from the selection committee [King County Republican Party Candidate Selection Committee]."

King County Republican Party Executive Director Ross Marzolf said he didn't want to comment on future nominations, but had good words for Rodne.

"He's a great guy," he said.

Marzolf said the King County Republican Party Candidate Selection Committee will be meeting this Saturday, Jan. 10, to come up with names to submit to the County Council at its next meeting on Jan. 12. He said the Council will want to consider the names for a week, though, so a decision may not be made until the Jan. 19 meeting.

Rodne said he has talked with many members of the party's Candidate Selection Committee and is hopeful his name will be near the top of the list of candidates they submit next week.

Should Rodne leave the City Council, it would then convene to choose a candidate who the council members would vote on. The City Council's first meeting since Rodne announced he is vying for Pflug's seat will be on Jan. 12. Rodne plans to attend.

"I plan on fulfilling my duties as a councilman," he said.

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