Elections

3 county races for top positions uncontested

Thurston County's coroner, prosecuting attorney and clerk won't be sweating the results on election night; their races are uncontested.

Gary Warnock has served in the Thurston County Coroner’s office since 2001, beginning as deputy coroner. He was elected coroner in 2006 and began in that role in 2007. As coroner, Warnock conducts death scene investigations, determines cause and manner of death and notifies family members.

Warnock is a 1982 graduate of North Thurston High School. He attended South Puget Sound Community College and the Saint Louis University School of Medicine, according to his website. He earns about $105,000 annually.

County Clerk Betty Gould has held the clerk position since 1990 after 25 years of service in law firms around Olympia, including paralegal work. County clerks are the administrative and financial officers of the Superior Court.

Gould is a member of several organizations, including the Washington Association of County Officials and the National Association of County Officials. The county clerk earns about $105,000 annually.

County prosecuting attorney candidate Jon Tunheim began his journey as a legal intern at the office more than 20 years ago. He was brought on as a deputy prosecuting attorney until he was promoted in 2003 to his current position of chief deputy prosecuting attorney. He earns $148,833 annually.

All three identify themselves as Democrats.

Nate Hulings: 360-754-5476 nhulings@theolympian.com

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