Dick Muri will try again to go to the Legislature.
The ex-Pierce County councilman will stand before his former council colleagues as early as Tuesday, asking them to appoint him to a vacant state House seat less than a month after passing on him for a Senate seat.
Local Republicans meeting at Lakewood City Hall gave Muri, a retired Air Force officer who has made unsuccessful bids for Congress, their overwhelming support for the job Tuesday.
GOP precinct committee officers gave Muri 25 votes to 12 for Clover Park School Board member Paul Wagemann and two for nonprofit executive Malcolm Russell. The County Council is required to pick one of the three.
The Republican PCOs also backed Muri in May to replace the late Sen. Mike Carrell upon his death, but the council instead appointed then-Rep. Steve O’Ban. Now the council has to fill O’Ban’s former House seat for a year and a half until a November 2014 election.
This time around, Muri said he thinks he can convince County Councilman Dan Roach he’s the most electable candidate. Roach has said electability was a top reason he voted for O’Ban.
If Muri’s three other supporters on the council hold fast and Roach joined them, 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.
A vote is scheduled for Tuesday, although some Republicans want to delay because they said Councilman Stan Flemming is expected to be absent at that 3 p.m. meeting.
Also vying for the seat were University Place City Councilman Javier Figueroa and former state Sen. Larry Faulk. Neither received any votes in the first and only round of voting by 28th District Republicans.
Muri, Wagemann and Russell all said they would also ask the council to choose them.
Muri bills himself as a socially and fiscally conservative Republican who can work across the aisle.
The House GOP campaign committee is staying neutral, said its political director, Kevin Carns.
“I like our chances with any of them,” Carns said.Jordan Schrader: 360-786-1826 blog.thenewstribune.com/politics email@example.com @Jordan_Schrader