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Tag: Shawn Bunney

Sep.
29th

Hurst, Bunney and, yes, Roach in the 31st district

This editorial will appear in Thursday’s print edition.

Voters in the 31st Legislative District – which straddles Pierce and King counties and includes the cities of Sumner, Bonney Lake and Auburn – are an unpredictable lot. Just look at how they voted in the August primary.

Somehow, given a field of four candidates for state Senate, 31st district voters opted to send the two candidates with the most baggage to the Nov. 2 general election.

They shunned police officer Raymond Bunk and former Buckley City Councilman Ron Weigelt, going instead for embattled Republican incumbent Pam Roach of Auburn and Matt Richardson, another Republican and a member of the Sumner City Council. He has been slammed with allegations of personal, sexual, professional and ethical misconduct.

Given that choice, The News Tribune editorial board recommends voting for Roach and hoping that she spends the next four years building bridges – not burning more of them. Richardson is not an option.
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Aug.
12th

The county councilman’s newsletter that looks like a newsletter

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

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Aug.
9th

Council should set earlier deadline for mailers

This editorial will appear in Tuesday’s print edition.

Everybody’s doing it. As grating as it might sound, that defense may be enough to put Pierce County Councilman Shawn Bunney’s recent mailing in the clear.

Bunney, running for state Legislature, is under fire for his latest council newsletter: a full-color mailer that bears at least a passing resemblance to the political spin jobs showing up in voters’ mail boxes on a daily basis.

The $13,000 mailer, which features a large photo of a woman stretching a dollar and was mailed weeks before the primary ballots, was produced by

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