The votes have been counted, my opponent has conceded, and we have been successful in our effort to win a seat on the Thurston County Commission. I want to personally thank the Thurston County voters — and all of my campaign volunteers and supporters — we could not have done this without all of you.
I would also like to thank Bud Blake for a positive campaign, and for his four years of dedicated service to the citizens of Thurston County. The close vote was a reflection that both campaigns had messages that were important to voters, and I will be mindful of this as I move forward to help find solutions to important problems facing the County.
We have much work to do as we move forward: balancing the budget, improving water quality, building up mental health treatment services, and planning for a 40% population increase. I pledge to work diligently with public and private partners, and my fellow Commissioners, to ensure we bring a forward-thinking approach to meeting these challenges. I am ready and excited to get to work.
Thank you, Thurston County!!