A Democrat and police officer announced today he would challenge Sen. Pam Roach, and criticized her “erratic and temperamental approach in Olympia.”
Roach has had repeated run-ins with staff and fellow lawmakers, and her fellow Senate Republicans barred her from their caucus room this year after her latest reprimand. Challenger Raymond Bunk said in a news release Roach “should be making headlines about creating jobs and improving our schools, not berating staff members.”
Bunk is a Federal Way police officer who acts as spokesman for the department. He lives in Bonney Lake. In his release, he said he served for four years in the Air Force as a firefighter and now in the Air Force reserves, which took him to Iraq in 2007.
He joins a Democratic field that also includes former Buckley city councilman Ron Weigelt.
After the jump, Bunk’s press release:
BONNEY LAKE — Today, local Police Officer Raymond Bunk announced his intention to seek the State Senate seat currently held by Republican Pam Roach. With Senator Roach’s erratic and temperamental approach in Olympia once again making headlines during this year’s session (Tacoma News Tribune, 1/30/10), Bunk has come to believe that the best opportunity to bring effective change to the 31st District lies in the State Senate.
“The 31st District deserves better than Pam Roach,” said Bunk, 37, who resides in Bonney Lake. “With all of the challenges we are facing as a state – from growing our economy to keeping our streets safe – now is the time to bring people to the table and get things done for our families.”
Raymond Bunk brings with him to this campaign a lifetime commitment to serving others, having initially served as an EMT and firefighter in his local fire department at the age of 18.
Prior to serving in the Police force, Raymond Bunk served for four years in the Air Force as a firefighter, and was stationed at McCord from 1996 to 1999. He continues to serve in the Air Force reserves, and in that capacity, served a tour of duty in Iraq in 2007. Bunk currently serves on the Civil Service Commission and Design Commission in the City of Bonney Lake, and as a Fire Commissioner for East Pierce Fire & Rescue.
In addition to his involvement in the community, Bunk has helped raise funds for children in both Iraq and Afghanistan, and is the co-chair of the Kick for Nick program in the Puget Sound region.
Bunk continued, “Senator Pam Roach is not getting the job done for our district. She should be making headlines about creating jobs and improving our schools, not berating staff members.”
“I’m a 40 hour-a-week guy who cares about 40 hour-a-week issues, not making flashy headlines. If the voters of the 31st send me to Olympia this November, I promise to represent our district with a civility that will bring people from both parties to the table in order to deliver results.”