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Shawn Bunney announces bid for state Legislature

Post by David Wickert on Feb. 5, 2010 at 11:22 am with 5 Comments »
February 5, 2010 11:22 am
Shawn Bunney

Pierce County Councilman Shawn Bunney, R-Lake Tapps, has announced he will run for the state House of Representatives in the 31st District.

Bunney, who cannot seek re-election to the council because of term limits, will seek the seat currently held by state Rep. Dan Roach, R-Lake Tapps. Although he has not made an announcement, Roach is expected to seek Bunney’s seat on the County Council.

In a brief interview, Bunney said he wants to rein in state spending and make Washington more business friendly.

You can read the press release announcing his candidacy below.

February 5, 2010                                        253-208-0163
Republican Pierce County Councilmember Shawn Bunney to Run for State Legislature in the 31st District, Position 1

Bunney to bring budget experience to the table to help rein in state spending and boost economic development and recovery
Lake Tapps, Wash. – Today Republican Pierce County Councilmember Shawn Bunney announced his candidacy for the state legislature in the 31st legislative district, position 1.  Bunney already has the backing of many ranking Republicans who value Bunney’s fiscal responsibility and experience providing regional leadership to get things done.

“I have worked for years to cut the red tape holding businesses back in Pierce County.  I am going to use that experience to cut the red tape in Washington state so businesses can grow and thrive.  The best way to get our economy back on track is by helping private businesses succeed and create new jobs, not through government hand outs,” Bunney stated.

“We need leaders with common sense and fiscal discipline,” he added.  “I’ll use my experience to help get our economy back on track.”

Bunney is endorsed as a candidate for the state legislature by Washington State Attorney General Rob McKenna, Congressman Dave Reichert, Pierce County Council Chair Roger Bush, City of Auburn Mayor Pete Lewis, Sumner Mayor Dave Enslow,  Bonney Lake Mayor Neil Johnson, Edgewood Mayor Jeff Hogan, and Enumclaw Councilmember Mike Ennis.

Bunney and his wife Patti, who serves at the Crystal Judson Family Justice Center, have lived in the Lake Tapps area for 15 years.  During his time on the county council, Bunney served as County Council Chair, and was co-chair of the Lake Tapps Task Force.  Prior to working for the county, Bunney served as a White House Intern with President Reagan, and worked for U.S. Treasury Secretary Brady in the first Bush Administration. Bunney, an Eagle Scout, received his law degree from the University of Puget Sound in 1993.

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  1. thurber says:

    Big Bunney was the chair of RTED which proposed the biggest tax increase in state history for his pork-barrel road projects. Thankfully the voters defeated it. But will those voters send a tax-and-spender like that to the legislature?

  2. bigbarb43 says:

    I knew it was too good to be true that we’d be rid of Bunney once and for all. I guess the government trough is just too enticing.

  3. I cannot support Bunney either. The major Pierce County Council blunder pretty much finished any hopes of Bunney getting a future vote from this household. The law is clear and simple. There was no reason for Bunney and the other Pierce County Council members to make a mistake like that and cost taxpayers money to clean it up.

    We need to elect somebody new. A fresh face would be nice to help bring about real change.

  4. Actually Bunney isn’t even running in my district…..LOL. That solves that problem!

  5. jiminycricket says:

    Keep these comments coming! It is so good to see that people are becoming wise! Bunney is a career politician. He’s had an opportunity to serve the fine people of Pierce County, and has failed miserably! Just look at his latest vote regarding the elimination of a superior court position in Pierce County. He voted not once, but twice! He originally voted to eliminate the position. Following his vote, there was an outcry from the citizens, Pierce County Superior Court, the prosecutor’s office, the state AG’s office, the county and state Bar Associations, etc, etc….This council was asked to open up the dialog and reconsider their stance, but no, no, no!!!! Then Mr. Bunney and the others voted to overturn the executive’s veto just simply to show everyone who the boss really was. Bunney has been playing politics! Look at his record of voting for his pet projects. He has a history of thinking of himself first, before thinking of his constituents and the citizens of Pierce County. We cannot afford to keep him on the council and this state cannot afford his mentality in the legislature! Thank goodness he was not elected as our county executive. Since he’s lost that race, he has been uncooperative and unwilling to find ways to work together. That is pettiness in government, and the very thing that we as citizens cannot afford and are trying to rid ourselves of!

    Lastly, let us not forget that Mr. Bunney, along with the other council members, were bent on keeping county polling places open, even at the expense of funding the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department at an appropriate level. Now Sheriff Paul Pastor is faced with making layoff’s in the face of recent tragic events that have rocked this county to its core! There’s a time and a place when layoffs make sense, but laying off deputies at this time make absolutely no sense whatsoever. Sending politicians like Bunney into permanant retirement does make sense, and it couldn’t come a day too soon!

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