Thurston County Election Races Take Shape as Filing Deadline Ends

By Nisqually Valley News staff
Posted 5/24/22

There were 271 candidates who filed for 190 positions that will be on the ballot in Thurston County. The top two candidates in each primary race with three or more candidates will move on to the …

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Thurston County Election Races Take Shape as Filing Deadline Ends

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There were 271 candidates who filed for 190 positions that will be on the ballot in Thurston County. The top two candidates in each primary race with three or more candidates will move on to the general election in November.

In Thurston County, there are races for county commissioner, auditor, clerk, assessor, sheriff and treasurer up for grabs.

Democrat Steven J. Drew and Independent Dave Kolar each filed for the Thurston County assessor position, while incumbent Mary Hall, a Democrat, and Republican Sal Militello filed for county auditor. Democrats Linda Enlow and Tonya Moore have also filed for the county clerk position.

For sheriff, incumbent John Snaza filed as an Independent. Challenger Derek Sanders has filed as an Independent as well.

Two candidates have filed for the county treasurer position. They include Democrat Jeff Gadman and Jeff Curry, who listed no party preference.

Democrat Gary Warnock filed for the position of county coroner and faces no opposition.

Democrat Jon Turnheim filed for the county prosecuting attorney position and also faces no opposition. 

Two people have filed to become Thurston County commissioner of District 3. They include Republican Vivian Eason and incumbent Tye Menser, a Democrat.

In the state House, 10th District Rep. Marilyn Strickland, a Democrat, filed to retain her seat. Challengers include Republicans Keith Swank and Dan Gordon, Democrat Eric Mahaffy, and Richard Boyce, who listed his party preference as “Congress Sucks.”



J.T. Wilcox, a Republican, filed to retain his position two seat in Legislative District 2, with opposition from Edward Meer, who did not list a party preference.

Incumbent Andrew Barkis has filed unopposed to retain his position one seat as the state representative for Legislative District 2.

Legislative District 20 had two incumbents file to retain their seats. Peter Abbarno filed for position one, while Ed Orcutt filed for state representative position two.

Nearly 175 candidates filed for open precinct committee officer positions.

In local judicial races, Allyson Zipp and Indu Thomas filed for a four-year term in Thurston County Superior Court.

Thurston County District Court saw Kalo Wilcox file for the position one judge, while Sam Meyer filed for the district judge position two. Brett Buckley filed for district court judge position three.

Russell E. Olsen filed for the position of PUD Commissioner in district two and will run unopposed.

For an updated list on all the races and the candidates who have filed, visit https://voter.votewa.gov/CandidateList.aspx?e=876&c=31.

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