I want to wholeheartedly endorse John Hutchings for Thurston County Commissioner. My own experience in government has brought me into contact with Hutch many times. He is far and away the most professional, experienced, educated, and honest candidate in the District 1 race.
I first ran into Hutch when I worked at the Thurston County Prosecutor’s Office in 1987. Through my time at the Olympia Police Department, TCSO Corrections, and now in County Emergency Management, I have had the opportunity to see Hutch interact with different agencies. Hutch will be a wonderful ambassador for Thurston County.
A Thurston County Commissioner also has to be a member of the Board of Health, and Hutch is perfectly qualified for this role. It reflects the values of our community to hire a commissioner who spent his career learning how to de-escalate a violent confrontation with a mentally ill person.
You will know this when you meet Hutch. He is a kind man who listens and learns before he acts. Hutch was a problem solver in his time on the street. We need a problem solver like him on the Board of Commissioners.