Bud Blake has been active in the Thurston County community since arriving 22 years ago.
He was born in Mobile, Alabama, and received a bachelor degree in Russian and Eastern European Studies from the University of Oregon in 1986. He also graduated from Chapman University with a Masters in Organizational Leadership and later a Masters in Human Resource Management. Bud retired from the US Armed Forces, serving 25 years. Bud, and his wife Mary, have three adult daughters.
Bud believes in bettering his community through civic activities. You will likely find Bud unloading a truck of supplies to help a food bank and shelter, volunteering to judge a Lincoln-Douglas debate for local high school students, or participating in a long list of local events and fundraisers ranging from aquaponics to zoos.
He also serves on the following committees:Chair of the Thurston-Mason Behavioral Health Organization, Chair of the Thurston Thrives Housing Action Team. Bud is also a member of the Alliance for Healthy South Sound, Canvassing Board, Chehalis Basin Flood Authority, Economic Development Council, Finance Committee, Intercity Transit Authority, Law Library, Mayor's Forum, Washington State Association of Counties (WSAC) Legislative Steering Committee, WSAC Coastal Council, WSAC Board of Directors, Military Veterans Legislative Council, South Sound Military Community Partnership, and Washington Counties Risk Pool.
Bud’s love of Thurston County and the people is what inspires him to serve the public. Thurston County is unique in geography and people. It is never linear. Of the 39 counties in Washington, Thurston County is a model county encompassing all aspects of a prosperous community: agriculture to metropolitan, government to private sector, conservative to liberal, environmental preservation to growth. Historically, Thurston County has been agricultural. However, the county continues to adopt innovative social, economic and technological endeavors for a better future. Bud’s favorite statement is, “leave it better than you found it”. He takes pride in his vision for Thurston 2025 by bringing a balance between People, Business and Environment.