A Democrat has jumped into the race to succeed retiring state Sen. Tracey Eide, D-Des Moines, in the 30th Legislative District.
Shari Song, a realtor who lives in Federal Way, will face Republican candidate Mark Miloscia, a former state lawmaker who previously represented the district in the state House.
Though Miloscia spent 14 years in the House as a Democrat, he has switched parties and now is running as a Republican in his bid for Senate.
Song, who ran unsuccessfully for King County Council last year, has the support of state Democratic leaders, including House Speaker Frank Chopp and Senate Minority Leader Sharon Nelson, according to her campaign announcement.
Though Song lived in Bellevue last year when she challenged King County Councilman Reagan Dunn, she has since moved to Federal Way, her campaign said in a news release Thursday.
Song previously lived in Federal Way in the late 1980s and early 1990s and raised her children there, the news release said.
The 30th Legislative District in South King County encompasses Federal Way, Algona, Des Moines, Pacific and parts of Auburn.
Democrats are looking to retain Eides seat as they fight to win back control of the state Senate. Right now, a Republican-dominated majority holds a three-seat edge in the upper chamber.