Tuesday, August 30, 2016
If you're a Republican in Thurston County, shouldn't all these Independents bother you?
If things go a certain way, it is possible that come January Thurston County will have three commissioners that are not Democrats for the first time in my memory.
But, none of them would be Republicans either.
Admittedly Bud Blake (elected two years ago), Gary Edwards (who was a Republican in the past and might be elected this year) and John Hutchings (also might be elected this year) could easily be Republicans. But, this year they're all Independents. And I don't think I've heard a good explanation as to why.
As much as I'd like to ask Edwards why he ditched the Republican Party, I think I know the cynical answer. Blake showed that a conservative could be elected countywide if they ran without the Republican name.
But, mostly I want to hear from Republicans. And, I know how hard it will be for me in particular to get answers from Republicans given my point of view, but I'm honestly interested. I've spent the last few weeks poking around various online forums and communities for local Republicans and have come up short.
Shouldn't conservative candidates run as Republicans? Even if they disagree with 20 percent of the Republican platform, there is enough "big tent" in the party to contain them right?
If you are a Republican, and feel so inclined, fill out this short survey (LINK).