Erik Landaas to Challenge Karen Valenzuela for Commissioner’s Seat

Democrat Erik Landaas (pictured here, with his family) is kicking off his campaign for Thurston County commissioner this Saturday, March 7. Landaas, a 17-year employee in the county’s public health department, was one of the candidates considered by Thurston County Democrats to replace Bob Macleod, who resigned for health reasons. Landaas was not one of the top three candidates sent by Thurston County Democrats to Commissioners Romero and Wolfe (and eventually on to Governor Gregoire, when Romero and Wolfe could not agree on a method of selecting Macleod’s replacement).

The Landaas campaign, Friends of Erik Landaas, has issued a press release announcing his candidacy. Strangely, for someone running as commissioner of the westernmost district in the County, Landaas’ kickoff will be held at the Lacey Community Center.

Karen Valenzuela was appointed by the Governor to represent our district on the Board of County Commissioners. Valenzuela has already filed with the state Public Disclosure Commission to raise funds to run for the remainder of Macleod’s unexpired term. According to the Olympian, Macleod’s former aide Susan Bogni is among those still considering entry into the race.

Things are definitely heating up, for this August’s primary. This is our commissioner’s seat they’re talking about, folks, so we’d better keep our eyes on the ball.

Click here for the web site of the Landaas campaign.

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