“3 more candidates file for same seat in Thurston County Commissioner race”
- Editor’s note: The key question is for District 2 (includes Yelm). Will Commissioner Gary Edwards decide to run for another term, now against formidable announced candidate, Lacey’s Mike Steadman.
“Three more candidates — a Democrat, an Independent, and a Republican — have filed to run in the district  that includes downtown Olympia, bringing the total number of candidates in that race to five. The seat is now held by John Hutchings.
“One of the new candidates is Bud Blake, an Independent who served a term as commissioner for District 3 before losing a 2018 re-election race to Tye Menser, a Democrat.
“Blake told The Olympian Friday [Feb. 28] in a phone interview that he has relocated and is running in District 1, in part, because it’s at the center of the county’s mental health and homelessness challenges, two of his top issues. He’s currently serving as interim director for Great Rivers Behavioral Health Administrative Services Organization in Chehalis.” by Sara Gentzlerr, The Olympian. Read more