Derek Sanders declares victory in Thurston County Sheriff’s race, starts preparing for role
From The Olympian:
- Editor’s note: The Election Certification date is Nov. 29th
Deputy Derek Sanders declared victory over incumbent John Snaza in the Thurston County Sheriff race as his lead solidified as ballot tallies were wrapping up.
On Wednesday, results indicated Sanders earned 55.3% (64,826) of the vote while Snaza claimed 44.2% (51,839) of the vote. With turnout at 64.4%, there were about 600 ballots left to be counted, according to the Thurston County Auditor’s Office, not nearly enough to turn the tide in Snaza’s favor..
Sanders declared victory last week in social media posts. On Monday, he issued a statement thanking voters.
“I am honored by the trust the voters of Thurston County have placed in me as their next Sheriff,” Sanders said. “The celebration was brief, however, as many pressing issues must be urgently addressed.”
Sanders said he plans to introduce his new command staff to the public in the weeks ahead. In the meantime, he has been meeting with them to develop “strategic goals.” He said he handpicked staff who he believes demonstrate selfless leadership.
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