Two legislative seats are up for grabs in the newly redrawn 11th legislative district, thanks to redistricting in one case (25-year legislative veteran Margarita Prentice, whose Skyway home is no longer in the 11th, will retire) and electoral ambition in the other (11th District state representative Zack Hudgins is running for secretary of state).

So far, one candidate has announced for each position. Yesterday, 40-year-old Renton orthodontist Bobby Virk, whose family emigrated from India, announced he would seek the seat Prentice is vacating. In a statement, Virk called Prentice "a mentor and a friend," and said he was running "because our state and our country have given me so much."

And earlier this week, retired electrician Jim Flynn of Renton announced he would run for Hudgins' seat. In his announcement, Flynn said he would "work for legislation to resolve the [state's revenue] problem" without sending a revenue package to a public vote.

Flynn and Virk, along with any other candidates who declare in the next week or so, will make their pitches to the 11th District Democrats at their meeting next week in Renton.
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