THURSTON COUNTY –– The preliminary results are in and Gary Edwards will face off against Michael Steadman for the commissioner's seat for Thurston County District 2.
Edwards won with a margin of 52.48 percent, or 1,431 votes. The multi-generational Thurston County resident wants to continue progress towards reducing regulatory roadblocks for small businesses and home builders, according to the Thurston County Voters Pamphlet. His plans for the county further include a well-developed network to county services.
He also stated in the pamphlet that he believes in minimum partisan politics and wishes to combat complex issues around the community. Amid COVID-19 and the uncertainty around the pandemic, Edwards said he is hopeful that people here can retain the balance between economic growth and the health and welfare of our citizens.
Steadman, as of 11 p.m., had 44.64 percent of the votes, or 6,278 votes. The former U.S. Marine was elected to the Lacey City Council in 2013, according to the voters pamphlet, and was re-elected to the council in 2017.
"I place the health and safety of our community above all else," Steadman wrote. "Thurston County needs leadership committed to our working families and local businesses as we rebuild from the devastating effects of the current crisis. It's time for a change."
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