Update: Republicans Dick Muri and Stan Flemming reported endorsements in their rival 10th Congressional District campaigns – including Flemming’s endorsement by Republican Secretary of State Sam Reed. And Andrew Barkis, a Republican running against Thurston County Commissioner Sandra Romero, announced he has the backing of former commissioner and Democrat Diane Oberquell.
Muri announced the backing of police-group WACOPS in a news release that says:
Lakewood, WA – Pierce County Councilman and 10th Congressional Candidate Dick Muri recently gained a critical endorsement from the Washington Council of Police and Sheriffs (WACOPS). The Washington Council of Police and Sheriffs is a professional organization that has protected the rights and quality of life for sworn law enforcement officers before the Washington State Legislature for more than 50 years. Muri serves on several public safety committees within Pierce County, giving him experience on law enforcement issues. Muri has a record of supporting and prioritizing public safety funding and passing legislation that backs tough penalties for crime. WACOPS joins other public safety organizations, such as the Pierce County Corrections Deputies Guild and the Lakewood Police Independent Guild, in endorsing Dick Muri.
UPDATE: Flemming announced he has won the endorsement of three-term Secretary of State Reed – to go along with other Republican endorsements from Reed’s predecessor, Ralph Munro, state Sen. Joe Fain and Federal Way mayor Skip Priest.
Flemming, who is a retired Army brigadier general, also said he is backed by the Combat Infantry Veterans Association. “These men understand what it means to put your life on the line for family and country and I am honored they are endorsing my campaign for congress,” Flemming wrote.
Muri is an Air Force veteran and he and Flemming are fighting for backing from veterans groups. The leading Democrat in the 10th district race, Denny Heck, also has reported an endorsement from a veterans group that typically endorses Democrats.
In other endorsements, the conservative Oberquell threw in behind Barkis, a property manager trying to unseat Romero, the two-term Democratic commissioner and former state legislator, according to a news release from Barkis. It did not say why she preferred the Republican in the race, but Oberquell sided with Republicans like former sheriff Gary Edwards in the past.
Oberquell also was at odds with environmentalists and those wanting to limit land use when she served on the commission.
“I am honored to have the endorsement of former County Commissioner Diane Oberquell. Diane’s leadership is an example of what an effective county commissioner is. She worked with all in a true bi-partisan fashion to lead the county.”
“As I continue to build support from citizens, groups and leaders, it is indicative of the growing strength of the campaign and the clear call for change in the leadership in our county. I have been expressing in my message that it is about the person, not the party! It is my leadership, skills and background the people are recognizing as attributes needed to lead our county. Leaders from both political parties are recognizing this.”