Tye’s Primary Push – Help Him Win!

It’s been a BIG week for Tye!

with four new endorsements from:
Renata Rollins – Olympia City Council,
Jessica Bateman – Olympia City Council,
Tom Oliva – Tumwater City Council and
South Puget Sound Carpenters Local No. 129

See the full list of endorsers

Read Council Member Rollins’ endorsement statement

Plus Tye very successfully completed 3 forums with the other candidates!

Tye’s working hard for you
and needs your help in these last weeks before the primary!

Please join us for any or all of the following:

  • Phone and text banking
  • Sign waving
  • Literature drops
  • Walking in a parade
  • Attending a fundraiser

Our Revolution-Sponsored Phone and Text Banking Sessions
Wednesday, July 25,
Friday, July 27,
Tuesday, July 31, and
Friday August 3
5:30 – 8:30 pm
Where: Lisa Parshley’s house at 1014 4th Ave. E., Olympia (corner of 4th Ave. and Eastside St.)
Intro and training at 5:30 and 6 pm
Each caller needs to have a cell phone and a computer
Calls will be for both Our Revolution’s endorsed candidates: Tye Menser and Victor Minjares
RSVP suegunn@comcast.net or sandia@fertileground.org

Sign Waving
Thursday, July 26, 4:30 – 6:00 pm
Meet at the corner of Cooper Point and Black Lake Blvd
If there are a lot of us a second group will be asked to go to Trosper and Capitol
We will wave again and again on:
Friday, August 3, 4:30 – 6:00 pm
Monday, August 6, 4:30 – 6:00 pm
Tuesday, August 7, 4:30 – 6:00 pm
RSVP: suegunn@comcast.net

Walk with Tye – Tenino’s Oregon Trails Day Parade Saturday, July 28
Meet at Parkside Elementary School at 9:30 am
Parade starts 11 am
Join us and wear a Tye t-shirt, wave a yard sign, smile at the crowd, and hand out candy!
RSVP: suegunn@comcast.net .
Literature Drop Saturday, August 4
9 am, Safeway, 520 Cleveland Ave SE, Tumwater, WA 98501
Meet us at the very south end of the parking lot (near Capitol and North St.)
RSVP: suegunn@comcast.net

Olympia Area Meet and Greet Fundraiser
Thursday, August 2
Host: Kathy & Larry Gilliam
5:00 – 7:00 pm
1102 8th Avenue, SE, Olympia, 98502
RSVP: 360 951-1155

Literature Drop
Saturday, August 4
9 am, Safeway, 520 Cleveland Ave SE, Tumwater, WA 98501
Meet us at the very south end of the parking lot (near Capitol and North St.)
RSVP: suegunn@comcast.net

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Letter to the Editor – Menser is the right choice for commissioner

Please join me in supporting Tye Menser for Thurston County Commissioner. Tye is the superior candidate and the strongest Democrat running for this position. Don’t be fooled by two candidates choosing to run as “Independents.” They are Republicans who won’t admit their true party preference. Why is this? We all should support truth in packaging.

The current all Republican board of commissioners derailed work on a habitat conservation plan that would have enabled rural land owners to develop their property without multiple costly inspections for signs of gopher activity. Their actions have delayed permits. They also have diverted Conservation Future monies to pay for gopher costs. Tye will work to restore Conservation Future monies to their dedicated purpose of protecting critical conservation areas.

Tye is the most qualified candidate. He graduated with honors from Harvard, received a law degree from the University of California at Berkeley, and has had a 20-year career as an attorney. He is a quick learner with a grasp of complicated issues. Tye has become well versed in county government and how it must work cooperatively with cities and towns. He is committed to ensuring a fair balance between property rights and environmental protection.

The current board of commissioners have expended the county reserve monies. Tye will work to reestablish these reserves that will be needed in bad economic times.

Please vote for Tye Menser for county commissioner.

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Statement from Renata Rollins

BY RENATA ROLLINS, Olympia City Council

So I wasn’t planning to endorse in the Thurston County Commission primary race, but after watching the candidate forum this morning at South Sound Senior Center downtown, I am compelled to offer my support to Tye Menser during this crucial window while ballots are out and voters are making decisions.

There are four candidates in this race. Tye was beyond comparison. Breadth and nuance, attention to data, and a holistic approach to the challenges our County Commission is responsible for addressing, such as water quality; policies for thoughtful, conscious growth; and developing a county budget reflective of our community’s priorities and values, particularly around law and justice, social services, and the environment.

What really caught my attention, though, was Tye didn’t talk like he was some great amazing guy who had thought of everything, had all the brilliant ideas and invented the wheel, too. He properly acknowledged the community agencies and partners who are already engaged in the kinds of solutions he wants to support. He talked about what is possible through these kinds of relationships.

This is the kind of humility, respect, and community-mindedness I want to see in public servants. Tye is smart, open, deliberative, and communicates clearly. Of course as an elected official I will gladly work with any county commissioner toward solutions, but I hope you will support Tye Menser for Thurston County Commission! Now turn in those ballots!!!

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Ballots go out Wednesday!

Now is the time to volunteer for one or all of these:

  • Phone banking
  • Sign waving
  • Literature drops
  • Walking in a parade
  • Attending a fundraiser

Your gift of time, talent or treasure will help ensure Tye makes it through the primary. Check out the activities below for ways to plug in!

Our Revolution-Sponsored Phone Banking – Wednesday, July 18, 5:30 – 8:30 pm

  • Where: Lisa Parshley’s house at 1014 4th Ave. E., Olympia (corner of 4th Ave. and Eastside St.)
  • Intro and training at 5:30 and 6 pm
  • Each caller needs to have a cell phone and a computer
  • Calls will be for both Our Revolution’s endorsed candidates: Tye Menser and Victor Minjares
  • RSVP suegunn@comcast.net

Sign Waving – Friday, July 20, 4:30 – 6:00 pm

  • Meet at the corner of Cooper Point and Black Lake Blvd
  • If there are a lot of us a second group will be asked to go to Trosper and Capitol
  • We will wave again and again on:
    Thursday, July 26, 4:30 – 6:00 pm
    Friday, August 3, 4:30 – 6:00 pm
    Monday, August 6, 4:30 – 6:00 pm
    Tuesday, August 7, 4:30 – 6:00 pm
  • RSVP: suegunn@comcast.net

Literature drop – Saturday, July 21 and Saturday, August 4

  • 9 am, Safeway, 520 Cleveland Ave SE, Tumwater, WA 98501
  • Meet us at the very south end of the parking lot (near Capitol and North St.)
  • RSVP: suegunn@comcast.net

West Olympia Area Meet and Greet Fundraiser – Wednesday, July 25

  • Host: Ann Vandeman
  • 5:30 – 7:30 pm
  • 1619 6th Avenue SW, Olympia, WA, 98502
  • RSVP: amvandeman@gmail.com

Walk with Tye in Tenino’s Oregon Trails Day Parade – Saturday, July 28

  • Meet at Parkside Elementary School at 9:30 am
  • Parade starts 11 am
  • Join us and wear a Tye t-shirt, wave a yard sign, smile at the crowd, and hand out candy!
  • RSVP: suegunn@comcast.net

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Letter to the Editor – Tye Menser best for County Commissioner

The Olympian – July 14, 2018

Tye Menser stands head and shoulders above other candidates for Thurston County Commissioner. He’s intelligent, hard-working, and his heart is in the right place.

I especially appreciate his positions on environmental issues. For example, he wants to restore the Conservation Futures land preservation program, which protects open spaces, timberlands, wetlands, animal habitat areas, culturally significant sites, and agricultural lands within Thurston County.

The current commissioners put the program on hold in 2017 and are intent on diverting these taxpayer dollars to pay for a habitat conservation plan for the pocket gopher. This is short-sighted at best.

The national Trust for Public Land measures and analyzes the economic impacts of land conservation. Their studies show conservation returns $4 to $10 for every dollar invested. It provides recreational opportunities while protecting drinking water quality, wildlife habitat, and farms, and supporting industries such as tourism, agriculture, and fisheries.

Tye understands this and will work to balance the need to protect environmentally sensitive areas with individual property rights.

The natural beauty we hold dear in Thurston County is threatened by population growth pressures and by the backward policies of current commissioners. We have a chance to put the brakes on their disregard for the environment by replacing one of the commissioners this year.

The primary election is Aug. 7. Please join me in voting for Tye Menser, the most qualified candidate and our best hope for getting the county back on track with managing growth and protecting our natural assets.

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Statement from TJ Johnson

BY TJ JOHNSON

Our current Thurston County Commisioners are the worst group I have seen in 28 years of living in Olympia. Fortunately we can starts to replace these right wing incompetents this year by voting for Tye Menser, the most qualified candidate to come along in a very long time. Primary ballots arrive next week! Vote for Tye Menser and spread the word widely. We may not be able to do anything about our corrupt President or our incompetent congress, but we can take action locally to promote positive change.

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Letter to the Editor – Tye Menser will protect our environment

As a longtime resident of Thurston County, I have been tracking the upcoming election for County Commissioner. I’ve had a chance to hear Tye Menser speak at four public gatherings, and I have been impressed.

I like his clearly expressed plans for meeting challenges posed by population growth, climate change, shrinking financial resources, and endangered natural resources.

Tye Menser cares that our county has clean water and clean air, and I’m convinced that he will take needed actions to protect them. He supports restoring funding for the Thurston Conservation District, which provides direct technical, non-regulatory assistance to agricultural landowners and to organizations supporting conservation efforts, such as salmon recovery.

By contrast, his inactivist opponent, incumbent Bud Blake, has a poor record on the environment. Example: in June 2018, Blake abstained from voting on whether to support regional carbon reduction goals. That’s climate negligence!

Tye supports innovative approaches to crime, such as expanding therapeutic courts, mental health mobile outreach, and law enforcement-assisted diversion (LEAD) programs.

I encourage the readers of The Olympian to read Tye’s platform for County Commissioner at tyeforthurston.com. Please vote for Tye in the Aug. 7 primary.

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It’s Crunch Time

The Aug. 7 primary is only four weeks away!

As T.J. Johnson put it recently, Tye is the best county commission candidate to come along in many years. Your gift of time, talent or treasure will help ensure he makes it through the primary. Check out the activities below for ways to plug in!

Our Revolution Sponsored Phone Banking

Thursday, July 12, 5:30 – 8:30 pm
Where: Lisa Parsley’s house at 1014 4th Ave. E., Olympia (corner of 4th Ave. and Eastside St.)
Intro and trainings at 5:30 and 6 pm
Each caller needs to have a cell phone and a computer
Callers need to be comfortable talking about both of Our Revolution’s endorsed candidates: Tye Menser and Victor Minjares
RSVP suegunn@comcast.net

Literature drop

Saturday, July 21 and Saturday, August 4
9 am, Safeway, 520 Cleveland Ave SE, Tumwater, WA 98501
Meet us at the very south end of the parking lot (near Capitol and North St.)
RSVP: suegunn@comcast.net

West Olympia Area Meet and Greet Fundraiser

Wednesday, July 25
Host: Ann Vandeman
5:30 – 7:30 pm
1619 6th Avenue SW, Olympia, WA, 98502
RSVP: amvandeman@gmail.com

Walk with Tye – Tenino’s Oregon Trails Day Parade

Saturday, July 28
Meet at Parkside Elementary School at 9:30 am
Parade starts 11 am
Join us and wear a Tye t-shirt, wave a yard sign, smile at the crowd, and hand out candy!

A Better Future Looms Large for Thurston County

Tye for Thurston · 120 State Ave NE # 300 · Olympia, WA 98501-1131 · USA

 

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Tye’s Voters’ Pamphlet Statement

Voters’ pamphlets are arriving all over the county! Here’s Tye’s voters’ pamphlet statement:

Thurston County can do better in meeting our community’s needs. County finances are in precarious shape, homelessness and poverty are on the rise, the jail is overcrowded with mental health/addiction problems, and water quality is degraded in every corner of our county.

Elect me, and I’ll provide strong leadership for creative solutions to these problems. We must balance the budget and protect emergency reserves. We must find regional strategies to address the housing crisis. We must find better ways to provide services to our rural communities. And we must strike the right balance between property rights and conservation as the county grows.

I have a degree in Government from Harvard, a law degree from Cal-Berkeley, a 20-year legal career in criminal and family law, and I served on our county’s Water Conservancy Board. I am a passionate advocate for sound financial management, collaborative problem-solving, and careful stewardship of our natural resources.

When the federal government is moving us backwards on every issue that we care about, it is imperative that our local governments move aggressively forward – and work together – to solve problems. A vote for me is a vote for Thurston County’s future.

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Letter to the Editor – Tye’s the guy for county commissioner

The Olympian – July 3, 2018

Tye Menser has everything you could wish for in a county commissioner: intelligence, progressive values, integrity, a strong work ethic, a big heart, and a great sense of humor.

He graduated with honors from Harvard University with a degree in government, and he earned a law degree from University of California-Berkeley. After a short time in a high-paying corporate law firm, he realized his heart was in helping people, so he moved to Alaska to provide legal defense for native Alaskans.

Today he’s in private practice in Olympia, but still devotes 10 percent of his time to public defense work for Thurston County.

Tye advocates for budget discipline and financial planning to rebuild the reserves. He’ll also work with city governments on regional issues like rising poverty, affordable housing, mental health issues and drug addiction. And finally, he will work toward a balance between property rights and conservation with policies that protect our water, agricultural lands, and open spaces.

He is endorsed by teachers, firefighters, carpenters, state employees, progressive political groups, and many elected officials.

Candidates like Tye Menser don’t come along very often. He knows how government should work, and he has the skill and patience to get the job done. Please vote for Tye Menser in the Aug. 7 primary. You’ll be glad you did!

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It’s official!

Tye is a candidate for County Commission

On May 15 the race for the District 3 position on the Thurston County Commission officially began with four candidates filing to run.  Your help is need to put a progressive Democrat back on our county commission.

Join us at Tye’s first Meet and Greet of the Campaign

When: May 30, 2018 @ 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Host:: Christine Garst
Where: 6015 Marantha Lane SW. Olympia WA 98512
Contact: 360-491-4969
Email: cbgarstdems@gmail.com

Join County Commission Candidate Tye Menser for an evening of fun, food, and politics. Who knows? He might show up with his banjo!

VOLUNTEERS needed for the Olympia Pride Parade on June 10

Please RSVP to suegunn@comcast.net

Help us by:
11:30 am – Walk in the parade with Tye. Meet in front of the Capitol by the ‘Tye’s the Guy!’ trailer.

1:15 – 3:00 pm – Staff the Thurston County Democrat Burger Booth for Tye’s campaign.

Tye was recently endorsed by…

The Washington Education Association – Chinook Regional Office representing the Olympia Education Association, Tumwater Education Association, North Thurston Education Association, Rochester Education Association, and Yelm Education Association

And the…
Thurston County Democratic Women

And the…
Sierra Club South Sound Chapter

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Update from the Tye for Thurston Campaign!

On the move!
Don’t blink, or you’ll miss Tye! It seems he’s everywhere these days. He’s working hard for you to move our County Commission back into the hands of Democrats.

He recently attended the Family Support Center fundraiser in Olympia, the ROOF (Rochester Organization of Families) fundraiser, the Thurston County Volunteer Legal Services fundraiser, a fund-raising brunch for Thurston County Auditor Mary Hall, the Gate School plant sale in Rochester, the Pierce County League of Women Voters forum on homelessness, and candidate endorsement interviews with Thurston County Democratic Women and the Washington Education Association-Chinook.

In his spare time, he’s knocking on doors in the 3rd District to connect with voters and learn about their concerns.

How you can help Tye!
In May and early June we need people to make calls for Tye. The calls will be to strong Democrats in District 3 to tell them about Tye’s candidacy. You can direct them to his website, ask if they’d like a yard sign or if they would consider hosting a coffee with their neighbors and invite Tye to speak. We’ll provide you with a phone script and call list.

For the parade and fair season, we’re looking for volunteers to walk with him in parades and flip burgers at the Thurston County Democrats’ Burger Booth.

Please respond to the campaign at tyeforthurston@gmail.com if these
tasks appeal to you. Remember, Tye needs your help to win this election!

Save the dates!
Join Tye for a series of upcoming events:
May 30, 5 to 7 p.m.: Home of Christine Garst, 6015 Marantha Lane SW, Olympia, WA 98512-2000
June 10, noon to 1 p.m.: Pride Parade, Washington State Capitol, Olympia, WA (Arrive early enough to join us.)
July 5, 5-7 p.m.: Hosted by TJ Johnson at his Urban Futures Farm, 928 Wilson St. NE, Olympia, WA 98506
If you’d like to host a meet-and-greet event, contact us at tyeforthurston@gmail.com.

Signs of the times
You may have noticed Tye’s handsome campaign signs popping up around town. You, too, could have a sign to proudly display in your yard or business! To request one or more signs or suggest good sign locations, contact us at tyeforthurston@gmail.com.

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Tye’s Kickoff

Campaign Kickoff a Rousing Success!

The excitement and blue wave of enthusiasm from our campaign kickoff party at the Olympia Woman’s Club are still reverberating! More than 100 of you showed up to wish me well. I’m touched, and grateful for your support.

We couldn’t keep up with the demand for yard signs. Every sign we had available – more than 70 in all – went home with our guests! If you didn’t get a sign and want one, please email us through this contact form at https://tyeforthurston.com/help-elect-tye.

A big thanks to all the volunteers who helped with the event and my Oly Mountain Boys bandmates for their musical contributions. Campaigning is hard work, but your encouragement and generosity inspire me to charge ahead full steam!

Tye

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Tye Menser speaks at the Our Revolution Thurston Candidate Forum

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Little Hollywood Blog – ‘Oly Mountain Boy’ Attorney Announces Race for County Commission

By Janine Gates, Little Hollywood

Tye Menser announced his candidacy for Thurston County Commission District 3 on Saturday.

Menser, 47, is a bluegrass, banjo-playing member of the acclaimed Oly Mountain Boys and a Harvard and University of California-Berkeley educated public defense and criminal law attorney.

Menser made his announcement at the Thurston County Democrats’ annual Champagne Brunch at the River’s Edge Restaurant in Tumwater.

The seat is currently held by Commissioner Bud Blake, a self-described independent. Blake unseated Karen Valenzuela, a Democrat, in 2014.

Menser says he is running to improve the county’s financial management and partner with cities to work on solutions to regional problems such as affordable housing, poverty, addiction and mental health services.

He also wants this partnership to create sustainable land use policies.

Read more at Little Hollywood

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