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Steve Tharinger

A candidate for State Representative Pos. 2, Legislative District 24 in the 2010 Washington Primary Election

Party: Democrat


On this race:

Elected Experience: Presently serving third term as Clallam County Commissioner. First elected in 1999.

Other Professional Experience: Past owner, value-added wood products business.

Education: Bachelor of Science in Political Science, Colorado College. Certified Volunteer Mediator, Peninsula Dispute Resolution Center.

Community Service: United Way Access to Health Care Committee; Clallam County Chemical Dependency/Mental Health Fund Advisory Board; Carlsborg Urban Growth Area Task Force; County Economic Development Council; Washington State Salmon Recovery Funding Board; Ecosystem Coordination Board for Puget Sound Partnership; Watershed Planning Implementation and Biodiversity Council and Olympic Consortium for Workforce Development (both State Legislature advisory committees); Council of Governments for the Olympic Area Agency on Aging.

Statement: We need a balanced perspective in Olympia. I have served as Clallam County Commissioner for eleven years. Through fiscally responsible, bi-partisan management, we have been able to stay debt-free while sustaining services during the recession. I am a thirty-year resident, owning and operating a small wood products business for 20 years. The future of the Peninsula depends on keeping our working lands productive and capitalizing on our inherent strengths of great water access and natural amenities. 

I want to bring rural, common sense leadership to Olympia that doesn't react to business and election cycles but focuses on the long-term.

Election results

CandidateVotesPct
Steve Tharinger (D) 15,940 37.66%
Jim McEntire (R) 15,852 37.46%
John (Jack) Dwyer (D) 6,128 14.48%
Larry Carter (R) 4,402 10.40%

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Jim McEntire

Republican

Larry Carter

Republican

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