Commissioner Romero's
  County Newsletter
Summer, 2015: What's Happening in Thurston County?
Commissioner Sandra Romero

Commissioner Sandra Romero was first elected in 2009 and reelected in 2012. She represents district 2 which includes Lacey, Yelm, and Rainier. She is currently Chair of the Board of Health.

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There is a lot happening in Thurston County, and we want to hear from you. Our upcoming community coffee hours give you the opportunity to talk about issues of concern, ask Commissioner Romero questions about the county, and share ideas.


Join me for my next meetings Monday, August 24 with guest speaker Assessor Steven Drew 




Rainier City Hall

102 Rochester St. W




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307 Yelm Ave E




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130 Marvin Rd. SE

Suite 130

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Experience the wineries, fresh produce, delicious food, and local artisan businesses that Thurston County has to offer.
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Board of County Commissioners
 Building #1, Rm. 269
2000 Lakeridge Dr SW
Olympia, WA 98502

Commissioner's Assistant:

Becca Pilcher


(360) 786-5747
 Romero represents the Board of County Commissioners on:



LOTT Clean Water Alliance   


Vice Chair
Olympic Region Clean Air Agency (ORCAA) 
Elected Officials Council
Advisory Committee
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New Vendors & Music at 2015 Thurston County Fair

The Thurston County Fair is right around the corner and we have lots of exciting activities in store for the whole family. Join us Wednesday, July 29 through Sunday, August 2, and you can pet the animals, cruise the carnival, visit the exhibits, get dizzy on the rides,and feast on the fabulous fair food.

In addition to the traditional fair activities, fair-goers who are at least 21 years old won't want to miss the third annual Savor South Sound craft beer, wine, and hard-cider tasting on Friday and Saturday.

With innovative breweries, wineries, and even a hard cider producer popping up across Thurston County, it's clear that these industries are taking off in our community. At Savor you'll have the opportunity to taste samples from over a dozen regional producers including the Three Magnets, Top Rung, and Hilliard's breweries; the Whitewood Cider Co.; Cloquallum Vineyard; Stottle Winery and many more.

Don't worry though, fair-goers of all ages can enjoy some great local music. The Live and Local concert series is taking over the Food Court Stage with bluegrass sensations The Oly Mountain Boys, The Pine Hearts, and the Down Home Fiddlers; as well as the Hook Me Up jazz quartet.

Admission to the Fair is $7, admission to Savor is $10 and includes two complimentary tastings and a commemorative glass. For more information about the 2015 Thurston County Fair visit
Launch of the Thurston County Pollinator Campaign!
From left to right: Olympia Beekeepers Association President Laurie Pyne, Senator Karen Fraser, Commissioner Sandra Romero, and Green Team Coordinator Sally Vogel unveil the new campaign sign designed by Nikki McClure.

Bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds were abuzz last month at an event that celebrated the dedication of the Panorama Retirement Community's new "Pollinator Garden" and the signing of a multi-jurisdictional agreement banning the use of certain pesticides on local government properties that are known to be harmful to bees and other beneficial insects.

The garden features a wide variety of flowering shrubs and plants that are favored by bees, hummingbirds, and other insects and animals that are key to the environment and to sustaining local agriculture. The demonstration garden will be a chemical-free safe haven for pollinators and other wildlife.

Thurston County also took this opportunity to recognize our partnering jurisdictions who signed on to a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) last Spring. Through the MOU, the cities of Olympia and Tumwater, the LOTT Clean Water Alliance, the Nisqually Land Trust and the County all banned the use of neonicotinoid pesticides on their public properties and facilities.

The agreement protects nearly 13,000 acres of land throughout Thurston County from these types of systemic pesticides that make pollen and nectar poisonous to pollinators and have been linked to the decimation of bee colonies in North America and around the world.

In 2013, the European Union instituted a two-year moratorium on the use of the harmful chemicals, while in the United States the cities of Seattle, WA; Spokane, WA; Eugene, OR; and Sherwood, MN have all instituted bans against municipal use.

To learn more about the local effort to help protect pollinators click here.
Volunteer Opportunities at the County
My fellow commissioners and I are currently looking for Thurston County citizens who are interested in filling vacancies on several of our volunteer boards and commissions.

The three of us appoint members to more than 20 different boards and commissions. Members of these various committees provide advice and recommendations to us on a variety of topics including agriculture, boundaries for cities and special taxing districts, historic preservation, emergency service, noxious weed control, and many other topics and issues.

We are currently seeking volunteers who would like fill the following board and commission vacancies:
  • Area Agency on Aging Advisory Council - 2 vacancies
  • Agriculture Advisory Committee - 1 vacancy
  • Boundary Review Board - 2 vacancies
  • Thurston County Fair Board - 1 vacancy
  • Historic Commission -2 alternates
  • Pacific Mountain Workforce Development Council - 1 vacancy
  • RSN Mental Health Advisory Board of Thurston/Mason County - up to 5 vacancies
  • Solid Waste Advisory Committee - 1 vacancy
  • Storm and Surface Water Advisory Board - 4 vacancies
  • Water Conservancy Board - 2 alternates
To see a complete list of Thurston County boards and commissions and to learn more about the current vacancies and any requirements or qualifications  click here. For questions, contact LaBonita Bowmar, Clerk of the Board of County Commissioners at or (360) 754-3355, x6308.