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Thurston County voters have options for August Primary

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Washington’s Capitol Building in Thurston County.
Credit: Joshua Bessex, The Olympian.

Challengers flock to Thurston County’s 2022 fall election ballot

By Martin Bilbao, The Olympian:

Thurston County voters will winnow large fields of candidates when they cast their ballots in the August primary.

“Friday was the last day for candidates to file the paperwork to place their names on the August primary ballots. When the filing period closed, only five incumbents on the Thurston County ballot were left without opponents: Coroner Gary Warnock, Prosecuting Attorney Jon Tunheim, 2nd Legislative District Rep. Andrew Barkis, R-Lacey, and 20th Legislative District Reps. Peter Abbarno, R-Centralia, and Ed Orcutt, R-Kalama.

U.S. Rep. Marilyn Strickland, D-Tacoma, who represents the 10th District, is facing four opponents: Republican Keith R. Swank of Puyallup, Republican Dan Earnest Gordon of Lakewood, Democrat Eric Mahaffy of Olympia, and Richard Boyce of Lakewood, who listed his party affiliation as Congress Sucks.

U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Ridgefield, who represents the 3rd District [encompasses southern Yelm, Rainier], is facing eight opponents: Republicans Vicki Kraft and Leslie L. French of Vancouver, and Heidi St. John and Joe Kent of Battle Ground; Democrats Marie Gluesenkamp Perez of Washougal and Davy Ray of Stevenson; American Solidarity Party member Oliver Black of Longview; and independent Chris Byrd of Toutle.”

“[Thurston County Sheriff] Challenger Derek Sanders filed to replace long-time incumbent John Snaza, who is seeking re-election. Both are running as independents.”

District 3 County Commissioner Tye Menser of Olympia, who is looking to secure a second term, will face one challenger, Republican candidate Vivian Kay Eason of Tumwater, a fiscal conservative and Army veteran who aims to bring “less partisan” politics to the Board of County Commissioners, according to her website.

“In the race for county clerk, incumbent Linda Enlow, a Democrat, will face fellow Democrat Tonya Moore, who has 24 years of experience in superior court administration.

Thurston County Treasurer Jeff Gadman, a Lacey Democrat, is running for re-election against Jeff Curry, an Olympia candidate with no party preference. Assessor Steven Drew will face Kave Kolar, an independent. And Auditor Mary Hall, an Olympia Democrat, will face Sal Militello, a Lacey Republican.

“Only the judicial positions drew little interest this election season. Incumbents are running unopposed in every race, from State Supreme Court to Thurston County District Court.”

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