Thank you, former Thurston County commissioner Les Eldridge and former secretary of state Ralph Munro, my campaign co-chairs, and the thousands of people who supported me. We ran a positive campaign, but were 45 votes short.
I will continue to lead the effort to perfect the historic Wilder and White and Olmsted Brothers’ City Beautiful Movement plan for the state Capitol Campus by dredging and reopening Capitol Lake to swimming, improving the campus view corridor by removal of the blighted Capitol Center Building, and recreating the wild salmon run in Percival Creek.
The view from the campus across Capitol Lake was voted the No. 1 Wonder of Thurston County in 2011.
I will continue my leadership to diversify the economy and bring jobs to both the urban and rural areas of the county. I will also work with the judges and commissioners on building a new courthouse in downtown Olympia. I door-belled 10,000 households and these were the primary issues that concerned people.
I have endorsed John Hutchings in the general election since his views are more in sync with voters. This was a difficult decision, since I am friends with Jim Cooper and worked with him on the successful Olympia Metropolitan Parks District measure last year. But Jim’s advocacy for an unconstitutional city income tax and to return Capitol Lake to mud flats is troubling.
After talking with thousands over the last four months, I am convinced that our state capital community is great and can be made even better. Vote Hutch!