Best I can tell, Dick Muri is the only other Pierce County Council member besides Shawn Bunney who has put out a newsletter this year. What a coincidence: Muri, too, is running for higher office.
But Muri’s not incurred the scrutiny of the Public Disclosure Commission like Bunney has. The probable reason (other than he’s not the guy running against Cathy Dahlquist)? His newsletter looks like a newsletter – “good, honest, government boring,” as Councilman Tim Farrell would say.
I emailed Muri, whose issued his newsletter before the June candidate filing week, to ask how many people received it. Bunney sent his to about 22,000 district residents – the number of voters who have voted in at least two of the last four elections. Muri’s circulation was much more limited:
It was a combination. We mailed about 3 thousand to the Roy McKenna area. We put it in the Town Clipper as an insert. The rest were distributed at community events, or left at a few businesses. On Anderson Island we put one in each community box (this is free). Bottom line I wanted to do it as thriftly as possible. Postage rates and costs are budget busters.
Bunney plans to argue to the PDC that his mailer matches a pattern of past county newsletter, but he won’t be getting much help from Muri,