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Tenino Mayor Wayne Fournier to run for new County Commission seat!

“A map of the five commissioner districts proposed for Thurston County. If approved, new commissioners would be elected in 2023 to represent Districts 4 and 5.” Courtesy of Thurston County via The Olympian.

Tenino Mayor Seeks New Thurston County Commissioner Position

From The Chronicle via Yahoo!:

Thurston County has around 300,000 people. Its neighbor to the south, Lewis County, has around 80,000.

Currently, both have three-person boards of county commissioners, where each elected represents one third of the county’s population. In a move that would have been eventually required due to growth, Thurston County in November proposed a new map, redistricting itself into five chunks and adding two new seats to the board — one representing all of southwest county, the other in the Olympia area. Voters approved it by a 10.38% margin. This year, they will decide who fills the two new seats.

After two four-year terms in his seat, Tenino Mayor Wayne Fournier, 42, announced his bid for District 4 county commissioner last week.

Because elections are staggered by district, the seatholder will only serve one year. Fournier said he has his sights set on both the partial term and a full one to follow.

Mayor pro-tem Linda Gotovac announced she will seek the mayoral spot he leaves. Fournier on Facebook wrote that if elected, Gotovac will be “the greatest thing to happen to Tenino since the discovery of sandstone.”

For the commissioner seat, Fournier will run as a Democrat.

Posted by Steve on January 12, 2023 at 12:31 am | Permalink

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