Dick Muri, the retired Air Force officer and Republican running in Washington’s new 10th Congressional District, was first in line to file for public office last week. And he brought that same military posture and punctuality to an interview in Tacoma – the first of several I’m doing with the six candidates running in that suddenly crowded race.
First, a quick mention about who else is running: Republican Stan Flemming of University Place; Democrats Denny Heck of Olympia and Jennifer Ferguson of Lakewood; school teacher and independent Steve Hannon of Yelm; Sue Gunn of Olympia, who filed as a “Prog Independent.” The state’s “top two” primary system lets candidates be creative in party identification.
Front and center, Muri says his military experience makes him the best match for voters in the new 10th, which takes in the major Joint base Lewis McChord along Interstate 5.
Muri says the district has one of the highest percentages of retired and active duty military people of any in the country. Muri also said retired colonels and majors were endorsing his campaign and that half of his campaign money was coming from retired military veterans.