Republican Sen. Pflug departing state Legislature

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OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Republican Sen. Cheryl Pflug is moving on to a new job, leaving an open seat that will help determine control of the state Senate.

Gov. Chris Gregoire said Monday that she had appointed Pflug to the Washington Growth Management Hearings Board. That position begins on July 1.

One Republican and one Democrat have already filed to compete for Pflug’s spot in the Senate. It is a seat that Democrats are targeting as they try to maintain their advantage in the Senate.

Pflug says she has mixed feelings about leaving. She says she hasn’t decided whether she will endorse either of the candidates to replace her.

The new job has a salary of $92,500 per year, and Pflug is appointed for a six-year term.