Sumner City Councilman Matt Richardson jumped into the 31st District state Senate race as a Republican against controversial incumbent Pam Roach.
“Unfortunately, the sanctions in place against Pam Roach prevent her from contact with senate staff, and more critically, from meeting with other Republicans,” he said in a press release. “After her 20 years in office, another four years for Pam Roach would not be productive.”
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.
Richardson has been on the Sumner council since 2004. He teaches 9th grade at the Wa He Lut Indian School.
Also running are two Democrats: Buckley City Councilman Ron Weigelt and Raymond Bunk, a police officer from Bonney Lake.
Below is a press release from Richardson:
Richardson announces for State Senate
Sumner, WA- June 11, 2010
Sumner council member Matt Richardson (44) filed his candidacy for State Senate (31st District) with the Secretary of State’s office today.
“After much consideration, I am entering this race because it is important to have an effective senator working for the 31st district.” Richardson said Friday.
“Unfortunately, the sanctions in place against Pam Roach prevent her from contact with senate staff, and more critically, from meeting with other Republicans. This severely impairs her ability to represent the people and the interests of our district. After her 20 years in office, another 4 years for Pam Roach would not be productive.”
“We need to elect a new public servant who can work with others on the many problems we face. It’s time for bridges to be built, not burned down.” “I have the commitment, the experience, and a record of working for the people of our region that will get the job done.” Richardson said.
Record of Service
Richardson has served on the Sumner Council since January 2004 and as Deputy Mayor in 2006. He is the current chairman of the city’s Community Development Committee and Personnel & Finance Committee and before being elected, served six years on the city planning commission. In 2009 he was awarded a Certificate of Municipal Leadership from the Association of Washington Cities. Matt served on the Pierce County Regional Council for 4 years and is former ViceChair, being elected to that position by the other 25 city-representatives from Pierce County. In 2007 he served as co-chair of the Puyallup River Task Force and was named Chair of the Pierce Country River Revitalization Task Force which held public forums on flooding during the summer of 2009. In November of 2009, he was named as the policy advisor to the Washington State Legislative Task Force for Rivers (WSLTFR) which was formed by members from the 2nd, 25th, and 31st districts.
Matt holds a BA from the UW in International Studies/ Russian, an MA from UWT in Public Policy/ Philosophy, and a teaching certificate from Saint Martin’s University with 5 subject endorsements. He is a former congressional staffer for Rick White (WA-01), State Senate staff assistant, and House research analyst during the 1990s. He is currently a 9th grade teacher at the Wa He Lut Indian School. He also holds a DoD security clearance as an Adjunct Professor of Government & Philosophy for the US Navy’s NCPACE program based in Bremerton. He was last assigned to the USS Stennis (CVN 74). Matt and wife Lisa have lived in Sumner for 13 years and have five children.