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.