The University Place Republican had been planning to run in the new 10th where ever it ended up. Federal law does not require candidates to be residents of the district and Stan Flemming was steering clear of the 9th District as fellow councilman Dick Muri had already announced for that race.
So Flemming was surprised and pleased this morning that the new 10th contains both his home and some of his current council district (at least the district that elected him) and the military bases.
“It was not just nice news, it was wonderful news,” Flemming said. Muri, however, is also within the 10th and the 9th District he ran for two years ago will look very different. Gone is Joint Base Lewis McChord and all-but a sliver of Pierce County. Instead, the district where Democrat Adam Smith is the incumbent takes in just Northeast Tacoma and then goes well in to King County. State Redistricting Commissioners say it will be the state’s first majority-minority district, one where people of color make up a majority of the population.
Muri could well switch his campaign to the 10th which would set up a GOP primary between two members of the Pierce County Council. (Update: Muri did in fact switch – see above).
Here is Flemming’s campaign statement…
Pierce County Councilmember, Stan Flemming…….announced today that he will be running for the newly formed Washington 10th Congressional District. Flemming filed with the Federal Elections
Commissions on December 14th but waited until the District Lines were announced today to make his
Flemming, who currently represents the 7th County Council District said, “What America needs now is not change, but stability and those with a vision to lead. We need less talk of what we might do. We need to actually address jobs, resourcing education, balancing the budget, and trimming the run-away costs of healthcare now!”
Flemming is a family medicine physician, humanitarian, two-time combat veteran, Brigadier General (Ret) in the U. S. Army, state legislator, university president and a founding father and first Mayor of the city of University Place.
Mayor pro-tem Ken Grassi of University Place said, “Flemming has gained the reputation as a true visionary, one who has gained the support and respect of those on both sides of the aisle because of his keen ability to get the job done through collaboration. During his time on the County Council, Flemming continuously fought for lower taxes, and greater accountability.” Working with the Executive’s Office, business leaders and colleagues, Flemming spearheaded the development of the county’s economic recovery plan. When fully implemented, it will put the county on a road to creating
stability for individuals, families, and businesses. By targeting the hemorrhage of home foreclosures and helping new, as well as existing small businesses, it will re-establish prosperity and a pride in our communities.
When asked why he chose to run in the new 10th District, Flemming spoke of being redistricted out of the 7th District, that he currently represents at the council, affective in 2012. “I enjoy representing the people in the current Council District 7. However, losing the ability to run for another term presented an opportunity to consider other offices and other positions, so that I can continue to use my abilities to serve the people of Washington State.
My council colleague Muri, according to FEC reports, is raising funds to continue his challenge of the incumbent,
Congressman Adam Smith. So, to my friends and colleagues here in Washington State and in Washington, D. C., and to me, it made sense for me to run for the open seat in the newly formed 10th District.”
When asked what running for Congress meant to him, Dr. Flemming responded:
“We don’t need Change in America, we need to restore the faith and hope of the people of our great nation, and this state, in the leadership of this country. We need leadership that is focused, with a strategic vision and plan to move us forward. We need less political rhetoric and more political will to do what is right for our people and our nation. We need fewer talking
heads and more actual solutions for getting our people and nation working again.
Our competition extends around the globe. To bring those offshore jobs home, we need a competent workforce, trained and ready, to meet and best that competition.
We need to address the health of our people and communities. Health care is rapidly moving beyond the means of many
Americans. Healthy people mean a healthy workforce, which makes a healthy economy, community and, ultimately, nation.
We need to stabilize our neighborhoods by addressing the rate of foreclosures in our county and country. We need our lending institutions to lead the charge as partners in helping to keep families in their homes and off the streets. We need a new direction; a clear path to greater opportunity for all.
The best days of America are NOT behind us, but yet to be realized. As a member of Congress, I will, as I believe I can, help lead our nation in this new direction.”