An attorney, a Redmond City Council member or a real-estate broker: one of these will likely replace chief Democratic budget writer Ross Hunter.

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An attorney, a Redmond City Council member or a real-estate broker: one of these is in line to replace chief Democratic budget writer Rep. Ross Hunter, D-Medina.

Hunter announced last month he was leaving the Legislature and his District 48 seat to become director of the Department of Early Learning.

King County Democrats on Wednesday chose lawyer Patty Kuderer, Redmond City Councilmember Kim Allen and real-estate broker Santiago Ramos as potential replacements, according to a statement by the organization.

Ramos ran unsuccessfully for a House seat in the district in 2006. Allen was elected that same year to her first term on the Redmond City Council.

The Metropolitan King County Council has 60 days to choose from one of those three.

If the council doesn’t make a selection in that time, Gov. Jay Inslee has 30 days to appoint one of the three. The appointee will serve out the remainder of Hunter’s term, which runs through 2016.