Pierce County Councilman Dick Muri, a Lakewood area Republican, will formally announce his campaign for Congress Friday, July 1 (10 am at Lakewood City Hall). Muri, who challenged long-time incumbent Congressman Adam Smith in 2010, said, “Tomorrow, with the support of my wife and family, I will begin my second campaign for Congress. I have been a public servant my entire adult life, from flying for the United States Air Force, to serving on a school board, and representing the people of Pierce County on their county council. Congress needs leaders who can repair our broken federal government. With the vote of the people I will be that leader.”
Muri pledged to focus on a commonsense reform agenda: job creation, protecting our natural environment and restoring federalism. “The federal government today all but dominates the budget and policy decisions of our state government. I believe in local control and the simple truth that state and local government will do a better job dealing with local issues.” Muri used an example of shifting away from bureaucratic federal education funding to simple per pupil block grants.
Muri currently serves on the Pierce County Council, is a retired USAF Lt. Colonel and former school board member. Dick and his wife Mary live in Steilacoom, they have four grown children and four grandchildren. In 2010 Muri lost a close election to incumbent Adam Smith after being out spent five to one.
Muri will file without specifying which district he will be running in. Campaign Chairman Alex Hays explained, “The redistricting process could substantially alter the political landscape of the South Sound and we don’t know which district Councilman Muri will be living in – but demographic realities mean Muri will either be running in an open seat or a much improved 9th Congressional District.”