The reason for the change is that the state Redistricting Commission tossed Dick Muri a curveball. Rather than have his Lakewood based within the 9th Congressional District it placed it in the newly created 10th.
That gave the Pierce County Republican a choice of running in a district he doesn’t live in but against the same incumbent he faced in 2010 – U.S. Rep. Adam Smith – or the new 10th where he lives.
By making the choice to run in the 10th, however, Muri could face a GOP primary against fellow council member Stan Flemming who announced for the office shortly after the new maps were released this morning.
Here is Muri’s statement (which is aimed at already declared Democratic candidate Denny Heck rather than Flemming).
Steilacoom, WA — 10th Congressional District candidate Dick Muri welcomed the news that the Washington State Redistricting Commission has drawn the new congressional district map, placing him at the heart of the Pierce County centered 10th district.
Dick Muri said, “The proposed map is good news for our campaign for the United States House of Representatives. I am looking forward to challenging an entrenched insider like Denny Heck, in a district that knows me and my record of leadership in local government.”
Campaign Chair Alex Hays reacted to the new district, “We know that this is a district that Governor Gregoire asked to be drawn just for Denny Heck, but despite this, it is also the best imaginable district for Dick Muri.”
Muri explained the optimism, “This new district is centered on Pierce County, where I won in 2010. It includes what may be the largest number of military voters in the entire country, another key constituency for me. I also have a great network of grassroots supporters in Thurston County. All together, I could not have asked for a better district.”
Hays noted a difficulty for the only currently announced Democrat in the race, “I predict that voters left, right and center will have difficulty trusting a politician like Heck, who parlayed his political connections into a large personal fortune. This is exactly the kind of conduct that both the Occupy Movement and the Tea Party find offensive.”
Dick Muri is a retired Air Force Lt. Colonel, former Steilacoom School Board member and current Pierce County Councilmember. As a member of the county council Muri led the effort to adopt a bi-partisan budget that avoided tax increases while preserving vital county services.
To date the Muri Campaign has raised nearly $100,000. They have secured the endorsements of prominent state leaders like Secretary of State Sam Reed, Representative JT Wilcox, former Congressman Sid Morrison and over 20 local officials including both Democrats and Republicans. Dick Muri for Congress has a substantial network of grassroots supporters in both Thurston and Pierce County.