OLYMPIA: Realtors endorse commission challengers

Thurston County Realtors have endorsed the two challengers in the Thurston County commission race.

The endorsements went to Republican Pat Beehler and Democrat Dan Venable. Both are running against appointed Democrat Karen Valenzuela for the remainder of former commissioner Bob Macleod’s unexpired term.

The realty group’s endorsement was based in part on a belief the candidates have more realistic approaches to problem solving than Valenzuela, according to information posted on the Thurston County Republican chairman’s Web site, Thurston Opinions.