Gary Edwards - Nov 2016 Election NIght

Death threats, Robocalls, Ramtha Cash, and Lawsuits.  The Thurston County Commission race had something for everyone, and while there were lots of adjectives that could be used to describe this year’s election – “boring” was not one of them.

For the first time since statehood, the Thurston County Commission will have a commissioner majority unaffiliated with either political party.  Washington became a state in 1889.  Depending on how the vote count trends over the next few days, this will also be the first time that the Thurston County Commission will not have a Democrat elected to the board.  This is real political change.

Commissioner Romero is looking towards retirement and seemed relieved to finish this hearing.
Commissioner Romero’s retirement after years of abusing and ignoring rural residents set the stage for change.

The announcement earlier this year of the retirements of longtime Democrat commissioner incumbents Cathy Wolfe and Sandra Romero ensured that change was coming to Thurston County no matter what.  The only question was what that change would be.  Commissioner Bud Blake’s election in 2014 as an independant removing incumbent Democrat Karen Valenzuela from the Thurston County Commission was a sign that traditional political models were changing.  Tonight’s results continue that trend.

Gary Edwards support was extensive and deep in Thurston County. Election night demonstrated this again.
Gary Edwards support was extensive and deep in Thurston County. Election night demonstrated this again.

The challenge, as always, in Washington State is that election night’s results still don’t reflect many of the ballots that will arrive over the next few weeks via mail.  However, barring some extreme swing result in the next few batches of ballot counts, it looks safe to say that Gary Edwards will be the new Thurston County Commissioner in District 2.  His depth of support was strong from the beginning, and despite being outspent by his opponent and well-funded special interest Political Action Committees, he will be the next commissioner.

Commissioner candidates Jim Cooper and Kelsey Hulse are hoping Thurston County can pass more taxes on rural residents
Jim Cooper and Kelsey Hulse were the Thurston County Democrats chosen commissioner candidates, but their support for hostile and abusive policies was not viewed positively.

The other commission seat in District 1 is still too close to call.  Election night results show Democrat Jim Cooper with a tenuous lead of just over 300 votes (out of 89,799 counted) with another 30,000 ballots to go.  This was  a far cry from the “coronation” that most of the Thurston County Democratic leadership was predicting just a few months ago.  John Hutchings is the independent candidate in that race, and it is generally believed that the late ballots are going to trend towards him more than Cooper.  The results over the next few days will prove or disprove this expectation.  However, assuming he manages to win the other seat – all three Commissioners in Thurston County will be filled by independent candidates.  No Democrats and no Republicans.

Thurston County Commissioners ignore citizens
No matter how many times people brought their concerns directly to the Thurston County Commission they were ignored, ridiculed and despised by the legacy commissioners and the Democratic Party

While it seems unlikely the Thurston County Democratic Party desires to conduct a post mortem on these election results and try to learn from their mistakes, they can’t blame these results on Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton.  The legacy Thurston County Commissioners were all uniquely hostile to a large portion of Thurston County residents and openly arrogant towards these voters – particularly the rural residents.  For years, they passed abusive regulation, ignored all objections, and cheerfully ran roughshod over the rural residents of Thurston County.  Every opportunity to heap insult upon tax upon regulation was approved unanimously.  The Thurston County Democrats cheered everything and never once questioned the abusive policies of the Thurston County Commissioners.  Never once.

Stop Taking Our Property Thurston County
Many Citizens opposed Thurston County’s aggressive land abuse ordinances.

For years, rural residents and people concerned about property rights, freedom and independance, reasonable budgets, rational decision making, and just asking to be treated like real people were ignored, mocked, and openly ridiculed frequently by these Democrat politicians.  One Democrat Commissioner was quoted as calling the citizens of Thurston County who spoke at Commission Meetings and hearings as just so much “white noise.” When local Democrat leaders or politicians would raise concerns and question this abusive and arrogant behavior by the Commissioners, they were drummed out of the party and shunned.  

The abuse had been here for years before some of us became aware and engaged in local politics.  Over the past six years, we organized hundreds of people to show up at public hearings.  Some of us have attended hundreds of public comment sessions over the past few years.  We placed thousands of signs showing our concerns throughout the county.  We organized town halls.  We produced videos and wrote stories.  The Thurston County Commissioners ignored us and the Thurston County Democratic Party mocked us and ridiculed our concerns.

KOMO news snapshot
For daring to oppose the Thurston County Democrat Party commissioner candidates, death threats and lawsuits were the default response (source KOMO news)

Even in this recent election cycle, when we made the state’s smallest PAC expenditure with a handful of Robocalls, we found the Thurston County Democratic Party, the Washington State Democratic Party, and JZ Knight (who donated over $210,000 to the Thurston County Democratic Party over the past two years alone) went into a total frenzy to silence opposition.  Our micro robocalls generated two frivolous lawsuits, one frivolous PDC complaint, three cease and desist letters, one death threat, and two temporary restraining orders (one on the death threat Democrat PCO Laurien Weisser, and one very narrowly construed “emergency” order over caller ID).

JZ Knight channels Ramtha, who has travelled through 35,000 of space and time to endorse (and give money) Democrats today
JZ Knight channels Ramtha, who has travelled through 35,000 of space and time to endorse (and give money) Democrats today.  She financially underwrites the Thurston County Democratic Party today.

Local ancient spirit warrior channeler JZ Knight (who channels a 35,000 year old Lemurian warrior named “Ramtha” who has travelled through space and time to enter her brain and tell us to vote for Democrat County Commissioners) largely funded the Thurston County Democrats once again this year.  The JZ Knight PAC (Euphemistically called People for Thurston PAC) was nominally run by Jay Manning, the former head of the Department of Ecology, and former Chief of Staff for Governor Christine Gregoire.  JZ Knight owns the Ramtha School of Enlightenment in Yelm, WA (eastern Thurston County) and uses much of the money given to her by her students to fund the Democrat Party in Thurston County.  The $54,000 worth of PAC hit pieces alone targeting Edwards and Hutchings appears to have been wasted funds since at least one and likely both of them will be county commissioners now.

Jim Cooper has Big Plans for Thurston County
Jim Cooper’s plans are probably on hold for a few years now…

Jim Cooper’s coronation Party may have been cancelled, but ballot tracking is going to be a pastime for political insiders as the next few days of ballot counting is watched closely.  Jim Cooper’s wife was conveniently hired to work in the elections office by Democrat Thurston County Auditor Mary Hall, and there are concerns that special political treatment may be provided to certain parties.  

Times are changing in Thurston County.  Election night was a big step towards repairing the mistakes of the past, but also about helping to build a better future for the residents of Thurston County.  The hard work is just beginning…

*(Update:  Within 12 hours of writing this article, the next batch of ballots were counted – John Hutchings is clearly going to win – leading by over 2500 votes.  There are more ballots to count, but they will probably just increase the gap)


Our Constitution begins with the phrase “we the people.”  It was the founder’s intent that government be created by the people, to serve the people.  It wasn’t their intention for the people to serve the government.  It was always intended that government which failed to serve the people should be “altered or abolished.”  Until we return to the founder’s intent, we remain We the Governed

For more background on this story:

Democrat Party official threatens to kill me

Democrat Party now openly disavows violence

Last week it was a death threat, this week he is getting sued for election Robocalls

KOMO – Thurston County Race includes death threat and criminal investigation

KTTH – 770am – Todd Herman Show – Nov3, 2016 – hour3 – discuss death threat and impacts on the election process

Man investigated for death threat tells deputy he was “fed up” after robocall

The truth about Jim Cooper

County Commission Candidates say they are both upset by PAC’s Robocalls

County Commission campaign turns ugly with PAC-funded Robocalls and Mailers

KUOW – Democrats take $50k from warrior spirit “Ramtha” despite anti-Mexican slurs

Ancient spirit channeller buys Thurston County election and Democratic Party with huge cash infusion

Ancient warrior spirit endorses Democrats

Washington Democrats reverse course, shed JZ Knight contributions (2012) 

Thurston County Auditor Bends Rules to Benefit Allen Miller (and Jim Cooper)

Mary Hall, Glen Morgan, Truth and Integrity

Cult leader joins public sector unions in political alliance

Freedom Foundation sued for exposing JZ Knight, Politicians

Glen Morgan on being sued by JZ Knight (or maybe its Ramtha) KIRO Radio

Possessed racist attacks freedom group for exposing racism

Shocking allegations from former JZ Knight follower

Question:  Just how insane, racist, and corrupt do you have to be before Obama returns your campaign donations

JZ Knight videos now a public record in Thurston County

Thurston County Invents $42,000 pocket gopher tax for new homeowners

Thurston County Manager Cliff Moore quits, will now plague the City of Yakima

Thurston County punishes rural serfs again

Sandra Romero – the $200 million Commissioner