Though Tuesday’s election results were not what we had hoped they would be, I’m nonetheless grateful for and humbled by your support since I came to this office six years ago.
I’m honored to have had the opportunity to work alongside so many in Thurston County in accomplishing things that matter to us all: strengthening environmental protections for the last of our beautiful prairies and other critical habitat; establishing development impact fees so that growth pays for growth; working with the federal government to mitigate the impacts of recent threatened species listings; reining in urban sprawl to keep our rural areas rural; preserving our farmlands; charting a more sustainable future for our community; and continued careful stewardship of the County’s limited financial resources.
During my remaining weeks in office, I’ll continue working to shape recommendations to the Governor on restoration and flood protection efforts in the Chehalis Basin, building the response system in our county to address homelessness and the need for more affordable housing, moving our shoreline protection regulations forward, and developing the transition plan to move into our new county jail.
I wish my two seat mates and my opponent every success in continuing this good work on behalf of us all. I thank you all for the support and encouragement you provided these last six years. I couldn’t have done this work without you.
Some of you have asked about my future plans. For the moment, I’m focused on wrapping up the work I set out to do. I don’t yet know what the next chapter will bring, but I will always look for opportunities to help our community remain a great place to live, work, and play.