Candidate Forums

General Election Candidate Forums 2021: All positions are non-partisan

The League of Women Voters works in collaboration with Thurston Community Media to produce these forums. Moderators and time-keepers are League members and the questions are developed by League members in consultation with community groups. The forums will take place September 18 &19, 2021. When the forums are published by TC Media, they will appear on this page. Candidates were invited to participate and both candidates needed to agree to participate for their forum to take place.

Forums are listed alphabetically except for the Port Commission, which is county-wide. For the first time in our League's history, we have included school board races.


Port Commissioner Districts 2 & 3

Candidates: Amy Evans, Joel Hansen, Bob Iyall, Jessie Simmons


Lacey City Council Position 7

Candidates: Carolyn H. Cox, Felix Peguero-Reyes


Olympia City Council Positions 2 & 4

Candidates: Clark Gilman, Yến Huỳnh, Robbi Kesler, Candace Mercer


Olympia City Council Positions 5, 6, 7

Candidates: Jim Cooper, Corey Gauny, Lisa Parshley, Dontae Payne, Talauna Reed, Spence Weigand


Tumwater City Council Position 6

Candidates: Alex Rossiter, Peter Agabi


Tumwater Mayor

Candidates: Pamela J. Hanson, Debra L Sullivan


School Board Candidate Forums

North Thurston School Board Director Positions 2 & 23

Candidates: Asuka Conyer, Pamela Johnson, Tiffany Sevruk, Jennifer S Thomas


Olympia School Board Director Position 3 & 5

Candidates: Mark Boyer, Scott Clifthorne, Darcy Huffman, Don Mitchell


For More Information on Candidates:

Read about candidates for all races as well as issues in The General Election Voters' Pamphlet 

See the races and issues on your ballot at Vote411

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


City of Yelm Position 7

Christopher Chai, Terry Kaminski

Key Election Dates-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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