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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, December 30, 2015
Contact:
Rebecca Pilcher, Thurston County Commissioners' Office, (360) 786-5747

Romero will not seek 3rd term on Thurston County Commission
Commissioner Romero today announced that she will not be running for re-election in 2016

OLYMPIA: County Commissioner Sandra Romero today announced that she will not be running for re-election in 2016. Romero who has been a commissioner since 2009, served as a member of the House of Representatives from the 22nd Legislative District from 1993 to 2004 and a member of the Olympia City Council from 1989 to 1991. She said she is leaving the County in a time when the budget is solid, the jail is recently opened and the County's work force is stable.

Romero stated that she is most satisfied with the course the County has set for conservation of our region's natural beauty while allowing prudent and sustainable growth.

In her legislative work, Romero demonstrated her commitment to the needs of working-class people in achieving passage of the State Employees Collective Bargaining Act, while serving as Chair of the House State Government Committee.

Romero's passion for open government and involved citizens is demonstrated by her regular Coffee Chats, held throughout the 2nd Commissioner District, which assist in opening the government process to more people. "The chats have given me insights into my district and rural Thurston County that I could not have gained staying at my desk in the county courthouse," she said. "Citizens of Thurston County currently have a government that responds to their needs, a staff that is as professional as any other public employees with whom I have worked. Most importantly, citizens can be assured the county has a fiscal base with which to grow and continue to provide needed services."

When asked about her successes, Commissioner Romero said, "Protecting our environment, preserving our history and maintaining a quality of life unique to Thurston County are my most pleasurable accomplishments. Olympia's Main Street program, creation of Heritage Park, involvement in the development and opening of our countywide trail system, protecting animals from abuse, and the creation of the County's off-leash dog park make me proud."

Most recently, Commissioner Romero has been an active leader in the preservation of agricultural land and creating a strong agritourism program which includes a 60+ mile tourist route called the Bountiful Byway, through rural Thurston County.

Romero will serve out the remainder of her term in 2016, after which she will slow down her pace by joining her husband Fred, a retired Washington State Parks employee, in travel and quality family time. "I'm not going away," she said, "I will continue to serve our community and work to protect the environment we all want our children and grandchildren to cherish."

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County Commissioners:

Carolina Mejia
District 1

Gary Edwards
District 2

Tye Menser
District 3