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Tag: 31st Legislative District


ELECTION: Gunn running a clean money campaign

I met Brian Gunn this week. He’s running for state representative in the 31st Legislative District that covers parts of Pierce and King counties. I’m used to seeing taped interviews of candidates, so face-to-face was a nice change.

I found Gunn to be articulate, intelligent and open to listening. He is running a “clean money campaign,” accepting only donations up to $100 from individuals. No special interests can claim a payback when it comes time to vote.

My key issues are state revenue and education. He believes we need to abide by our state constitution and fully fund education. That’s

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ELECTION: Gunn running a clean money campaign

In a letter (TNT, 7-25) about political fund-raising and politicians’ stands on real issues, the writer asks, “Aren’t we supposed to vote for someone with perceived upstanding morals and the ability to make good logical choices in office?”

My answer is, “Yes, and I know someone with those and many other fine qualities like integrity, intelligence and compassion.” His name is Brian Gunn, and he is running for House Position 1 in the 31st Legislative District.

Gunn is running a “clean money campaign” and is only accepting donations from real people in Washington state (limit is $100 per person

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ELECTION: Bunney has exercised bad judgment

As a Pierce County taxpayer, I have witnessed numerous actions by 31st District House candidate Shawn Bunney that were both irresponsible and inappropriate for an elected official.

In April, Bunney failed to notify the cities within his Pierce County Council district of pending legislation to form a flood-control district that would affect their budgets and bring a new tax to their residents.

I contacted the cities myself, and a dozen jurisdictions subsequently appealed the hastily enacted legislation. Did you know that your property taxes could increase another 50 cents per $1,000 assessed value under Bunney’s watch? He also reserved himself

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ELECTION: Gunn’s a candidate of integrity for the 31st

Voters in the 31st Legislative District now have an excellent choice for the state Senate seat.

When the top-two primary left us with two intolerable choices, Pam Roach and Matt Richardson, I considered not voting. But voting is very important to me. I know that the people we elect can affect every day of our lives.

Brian L. Gunn has solved my dilemma by stepping forward as a write-in candidate. I know him, and his integrity and dedication are outstanding. He works hard for what is right, with the Clean Elections organization to try to level the playing field, for

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ELECTION: Disappointing campaign in 31st district

All this media coverage, due to the unsavory election strategy of both Pam Roach and Matt Richardson, has diverted the attention for any real discussion and debate on what the candidates will do to represent us.

The unauthorized Matt Richarson website Chris Clifford created and promotes – and obviously Pam Roach – get in the way of real debate to earn each vote for the November election. Clifford’s ex-wife denounced in the paper the content of Clifford’s website smear of Richardson. The ongoing saga reported in all news media further adds confusion as to what is truth and what

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ELECTION: Matt Richardson being defamed

The verbal attack on Matt Richardson at my front door over the weekend by Pam Roach really has me upset. I hope voters in the 31st district are smart enough to see through the lies.

Richardson has no criminal record. He has a security clearance from the Department of Defense, which involves an extensive FBI background check, and he’s a teacher in good standing.

It appears that Roach is desperately seeking to defame Richardson and make him into something he’s not.


ELECTION: Where’s fairness for Richardson?

Concerning two articles in the TNT about Matt Richardson’s e-mails (8-11 and 8-12), The News Tribune had this information more than two years ago. A check with the City of Sumner also revealed that Chris Clifford has never filed a public record request for the e-mails he is quoting. This is mudslinging of the worst kind.

Has The News Tribune shown responsible journalism by reviewing every single e-mail for the last four years (which was part of the public request in Sumner) for all of Richardson’s opponents?

As a Sumner City Council member, Richardson is known to listen to our

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