Local Elections Start to Come Into Focus


Several significant elected public positions will be on the ballot this Fall

by Doug Mah, Doug Mah & Associates, Thurston Chamber Public Policy Director

Filing week will officially set the slate of candidates for voter consideration in the primary election, and the top two winners in the primary will advance to the general election. The Public Policy Division of the Thurston Chamber of Commerce is closely monitoring key countywide races. 

These include:

  • County Commissioner District No. 3
    Incumbent: Tye Menser
  • County Sheriff
    Incumbent: John Snaza
  • County Auditor
    Incumbent: Mary Hall
  • County Clerk
    Incumbent: Linda Enlow
  • County Prosecuting Attorney
    Incumbent: Jon Tunheim
  • County Treasurer
    Incumbent: Jeff Gadman
  • County Assessor
    Incumbent: Steven Drew
  • County Coroner
    Incumbent: Gary Warnock


These are full-time, partisan positions, and each plays a critical role within Thurston County Government. These elected officials are responsible for the quality of services their departments provide residents and businesses across the county.

Another interesting note is the presence of two Thurston County Superior Court Judge positions on the 2022 ballot. Judges Thomas and Zipp were appointed to the bench by the Governor and are now running to fill their two-year unexpired terms.

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