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House nominations come Tuesday with Don Anderson bowing out, Dick Muri as odds-on favorite for most votes

Post by Jordan Schrader / The News Tribune on June 24, 2013 at 12:46 pm |
June 24, 2013 12:54 pm

Dick Muri has decided to put his finger in the fan blade again.

Dick Muri
Dick Muri

Republicans on Tuesday recommend three people to the Pierce County Council for an appointment to a state House seat, and former councilman Muri is most likely to be their top choice, if recent history is any guide.

Lakewood Mayor Don Andersonafter considering seeking the appointment to the seat left open by Steve O’Ban‘s move to the Senate, told me today he has decided against it, saying he would focus his energy on Lakewood. That leaves University Place City Councilman Javier Figueroa, Clover Park School Board member Paul Wagemann and former state Sen. Larry Faulk telling party leaders they are in. Nonprofit executive Malcolm Russell has also said publicly he would run.

The GOP precinct-committee officers voting at the 6 p.m. meeting will be roughly the same group that gave Muri the most votes last month for the Senate seat opened by the death of Mike Carrell (with O’Ban and Figueroa as runners-up). Muri sounded confident he would be their top choice again.

Last time, though, Muri won that round only to be passed over by the council in favor of O’Ban — prompting Muri’s evocative metaphor about his odds next time.

But Muri said he thinks he can convince County Councilman Dan Roach he’s the most electable candidate, which Roach has said was one of the top criteria for his vote for O’Ban. If Muri’s three other supporters on the council held fast, that would swing a majority his way. Muri said he hasn’t talked to Roach, though.

“If I didn’t think I had a fair chance of earning his vote, I wouldn’t put my name in,” Muri said.

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