Every community needs people willing to step into managing a municipality.  As the state capital, Olympia is even more entrenched in politics.  ThurstonTalk shares the stories outside the meeting room about people in politics in our community.

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People in Politics

Dusty Pierpoint Lacey Police Cheif

People in Public Service: Lacey Police Chief Dusty Pierpoint Says Thanks for 33 Great...

Lacey police Chief Dusty Pierpoint has had a sterling career in law enforcement that has spanned 33 years. And while he remains humbled and...
Tim Braniff Headshot

People in Public Service: Undersheriff Tim Braniff, Continuously Putting Service over Self

It could be said that service and community is in Tim Braniff’s DNA. Braniff has dedicated the last 35 years of his life to...
Lacey District 3 Fire Chief Steve Brooks

Safe and Sound in Thurston County Thanks to Lacey Fire Chief Steve Brooks

Some people make the world a safer place…every single day. Among those is Lacey District 3 Fire Chief Steve Brooks who is making sure that...
Hutchings in Office

People in Public Service: John Hutchings

Upon meeting John Hutchings, it’s easy to classify him as an unforgettable character – one who loves public service, has a knack for eloquent...
Renata Rollins

People in Politics: Renata Rollins

Renata Rollins’ motivation to serve on the city council came from a desire to work towards connection and understanding in our community between people...
Senator Karen Fraser Trailblazer

People in Politics: Karen Fraser

In recognition of Karen Fraser’s decades of service and long list of accomplishments, the area’s Woodland Trail that runs through Lacey and Olympia was...

People in Politics: Wayne Fournier

Moments after stepping into Mayor Wayne Fournier’s office at Tenino City Hall, one notices that he is proudly unrolling blueprints for Tenino City Park’s...
scott clifthorne

People in Politics: Scott Clifthorne

Scott Clifthorne has education in his blood. As the proud son of a paraprofessional who has served for 32 years in the Highline School...
Bud Blake

People in Politics: Bud Blake

Walk around the Thurston County Court complex with Bud Blake, and you run into county staff members who are excited to chat with the...

People in Politics: Gary Warnock

Death is inevitable. While it is not something we talk about often, every community and every family will deal with it at some point....
JW Foster

People in Politics: Yelm’s Mayor JW Foster

As I meet up to interview Yelm's Mayor John Foster, or JW, as most people call him, I am surprised to see he is not...
cheryl selby

People in Politics: Cheryl Selby

Mayor Cheryl Selby has been a welcoming ambassador for the City of Olympia long before she held public office. I met Cheryl when I...
mayor pete kmet

People in Politics: Pete Kmet

Pete Kmet is the 42nd Mayor of Tumwater and a familiar face for decades in city government. Kmet recently retired from his full-time position...
tumwater city council

People in Politics: Nicole Hill

As the oldest permanent American settlement on the Puget Sound, the city of Tumwater has been a cornerstone of the region since the mid...
washington state senate page

People in Politics: El Wanda Bryant

In classrooms all over the country, teachers are working hard to engage their students in the process of government, teaching kids how a bill...
Miguel Perez-Gibson

People in Politics: Miguel Pérez-Gibson

Miguel Pérez-Gibson is truly a renaissance man. Recently retired from his role as legislative director for Governor Jay Inslee, Miguel is about as busy...

People in Politics: Kim Wyman

Washington’s Secretary of State, Kim Wyman has many duties. The most important of these is overseeing our elections. The Secretary of State is also...
jen waldref

People in Politics: Jen Waldref

Jen Waldref is a happy person. She surely has her moments, but in the time I have known her, she has been extremely proactive...
chris reykdal

People in Politics: Chris Reykdal

Thurston County is full of people who work hard every day to make the communities we live in great places to call home. One...
jessica bateman

People in Politics: Jessica Bateman

Thurston County is full of incredible people, all of whom help to make our area a place we are proud to call home. For...
jt wilcox

People in Politics: JT Wilcox

Perhaps the most unique source for voting information in last year's tumultuous election was Lancelot's Common-Sense Voting Guide. Who is Lancelot you may ask?...
sheriff snaza

People in Politics: Sheriff John Snaza

Thurston County Sheriff John Snaza is a beloved member of the law enforcement community and possibly one of Thurston County's most popular public officials. When...
foster parents

Foster Parents Barbara and Bill McGregor: A Labor of Love

Barbara and Bill McGregor of Olympia have been foster parents for over 35 years. When asked how many children have come through their doors,...
hometown property yelm

Hometown Property Management Opens Yelm Office

Andrew Barkis has had his eye on Yelm for a long time. In fact, his Hometown Property Management business has had clients in the...