Candidate Forums

 Primary Election Candidate Forums 2021

League members are moderators and timekeepers and TC Media videotaped the forums. Races that had 3 or more candidates were chosen for these forums. In some cases, candidates were unable to attend, and forums were held if there were at least two candidates available. 

Forums listed in blue, underlined font have hyperlinks leading you to the video. 

Find contact information for candidates (from the Thurston County Auditor’s website).

Candidates are in alphabetical order, All offices are nonpartisan.


Port Commissioner District 3

Melissa Denton

Amy Evans

Joel Hansen

Olympia City Council Position 2

Yen Huynh

Robbi Kessler

Bruce W Wilkenson Jr

Olympia City Council Position 5

Wendy Carlson

Lisa Parshley

Talauna Reed

Olympia City Council Position 6

Sarah DeStasio

Cory Gauney

Dontae Payne

Olympia City Council Position 7

Jim Cooper

Tyrone Dion Brown

Spence Weigand

City of Yelm Position 3

Leon Bodden

Joshua Crossman

Wilburn Curn Hutcheson IV

Jalane McAtee

City of Yelm Position 4

Stephen Burney

Kayla Russell

Holly Smith

City of Yelm Position 7

Christopher Chai

Terry Kaminski

Joseph Dale Richardson

Positions in play for the November 2nd General Election in 2021 

Details on these elections in Thurston County may also be found on the County Auditor website under the future elections tab or linked Here

City Council

Olympia-5 Council Positions

Lacey-4 Council Positions

Tumwater-4 Council Positions

Yelm-5 Council Positions

Tenino-3 Council Positions

Bucoda-3 Council Positions

Rainier-4 Council Positions

School Board

North Thurston Public Schools-2 Members

Olympia School District-2 Members

Tumwater School District-3 Members


Port of Olympia-2 Commissioners 

Olympia Municipal Court Judge-1 Position



Key Election Dates-2021


Primary Election

Voters’ Pamphlets mailed

July 7, 2021

Ballots Mailed

July 14, 2021

Last day to vote

August 3, 2021

County Certification

August 17, 2021

SOS Certification

August 20, 2021

General Election

Voters’ Pamphlets Mailed

October 6, 2021

Ballots Available/Mailed

October 13, 2021

Last day to vote

November 2, 2021

County Certification

November 23, 2021

SOS Certification

December 2, 2021



 The results for past elections can be found at the Thurston County Auditor's website

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