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Historic Yelm Democratic Candidates Forum held Oct. 16 –
Public interfaced to hear views and ask questions

Back row: Chris Reykdal, Jim Cooper, Marilyn Rasmussen, Shelly Speirs, Phyllis Farrell.
Front row: Kelsey Hulse, Charlie Wiggins, Amy Pivetta Hoffman.
Photo courtesy: LD2 Thurston Democrats

* First-ever Thurston County Democrats 2nd LD (Legislative District) Candidate Forum held in Yelm.
* The Sunday, Oct. 16th event at Yelm’s Prairie Hotel was open to the public.
* Yelm, rural Thurston, SW Pierce voters opportunity to engage with Democratic candidates on the issues.

* Candidates running for these offices included:
Amy Pivetta Hoffman, LD 2 Statehouse Representative,
Marilyn Rasmussen, LD 2 Statehouse Senator,
Jim Cooper, Thurston County Commissioner, District 1,
Kelsey Hulse, Thurston County Commissioner, District 2,
Shelly Speir, Pierce County Superior Court Judge,
Charlie Wiggins, Supreme Court Justice,
Chris Reykdal, Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI)
Rep. Denny Heck, Congressional Representative, 10th Congressional District sent a message,
– Unable to attend due to a scheduling conflict: Derek Maynes, LD 2 Statehouse Representative.

– Thurston Dems conducted candidates forum in Yelm
The 2nd Legislative District Thurston County Democrats hosted a first-of-a kind Town Hall Public Forum in Yelm last Sunday afternoon with their candidates for public office. Former LD2 Democrats Chair Roger Erskine (deceased) was instrumental in involving SE Thurston and SW Pierce in a public discourse, and in bringing then-County Auditor candidate Mary Hall to Yelm for a public Forum with keynote speaker Rep, Denny Heck. Hall was subsequently elected as the first Democratic County Auditor in Thurston County in 71 years.

Approximately 50 people gathered last Sunday from 4-6pm to personally meet and engage these party candidates, with an informal exchange at the Prairie Hotel, followed by an explanation of each candidates platform and their vision, plus questions taken from the audience. Joining the collective were Thurston County Auditor Mary Hall, State Committee Democrat in Thurston County Christine Garst, Democrats LD2 Chair Phyllis Farrell, Weir Prairie (Rainier) PCO John Marley, and other area officials. Excellent questions were posed by the audience, including Scott Brineman’s of the South Puget Sound Carpenters Local 129, affiliated with the UBC (United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiner of America) and Diane Dondero’s, former County Commissioner District 1 candidate. Rep. Denny Heck was on assignment and while not available to attend, he sent his Thurston/Mason Counties office representative, handsome and enthusiastic Misha to deliver his message to the Yelm collective.

– Editor’s note:
While this was an historic event for Yelm to be the locale of such a fine gathering of candidates, also noted was an absence of ANY Yelm officials and the local newspaper. I care not what party to which Interim Mayor Foster adheres, he should have been present, or at the very least sent Mayor Pro-tem Wood to issue a welcome statement on his behalf, and especially to acknowledge a sitting Supreme Court Justice (who incidentally sided with the City of Yelm in a recent water case)! That was a major fauz pas on Interim Mayor Foster’s part.

Posted by Steve on October 19, 2016 at 9:28 am | Permalink

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