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WA Federation of State Employees, Council 28

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Depending on where you live, you may have the following county races on your ballot.

  • Emily Clouse is running for Thurston County Commission to represent the newly created District 5. Clouse is the executive director of CARE Olympia, a nonprofit that connects formerly-incarcerated youth with counseling, education, and mutual aid. She is also an AFSCME union member and a veteran of the US Army, where she worked as a military intelligence analyst. 

    If elected, Clouse would prioritize funding programs that serve youth and families, protecting the environment, and ensuring workers can get a fair return on their work and access affordable homes. When asked about specific steps she would take to achieve these goals, Clouse stated support for the "scattered site" plan, where case managers work with residents of existing camps and RV settlements to connect them to housing assistance. She also thinks Thurston County should strive for net zero emissions, switching to renewable energy and efficient appliances in new developments.

    Clouse's work with formerly-incarcerated people has heavily informed her priorities and her belief that we need to move beyond existing systems of punishment. She proposes working with the sheriff's office to create a new board to include people with lived experience in the legal system. 

    Clouse's strong emphasis on racial equity and her dedication to restorative justice would make her an excellent choice to represent Thurston County, District 5.

    Last updated: 2023-07-12

    Emily Clouse

    Emily Clouse is running for Thurston County Commission to represent the newly created District 5. Clouse is the executive director of CARE Olympia, a nonprofit that connects formerly-incarcerated youth with counseling, education, and mutual aid.

    Emily Clouse is running for Thurston County Commission to represent the newly created District 5. Clouse is the executive director of CARE Olympia, a nonprofit that connects formerly-incarcerated youth with counseling, education, and mutual aid. She is also an AFSCME union member and a veteran of the US Army, where she worked as a military intelligence analyst. 

    If elected, Clouse would prioritize funding programs that serve youth and families, protecting the environment, and ensuring workers can get a fair return on their work and access affordable homes. When asked about specific steps she would take to achieve these goals, Clouse stated support for the "scattered site" plan, where case managers work with residents of existing camps and RV settlements to connect them to housing assistance. She also thinks Thurston County should strive for net zero emissions, switching to renewable energy and efficient appliances in new developments.

    Clouse's work with formerly-incarcerated people has heavily informed her priorities and her belief that we need to move beyond existing systems of punishment. She proposes working with the sheriff's office to create a new board to include people with lived experience in the legal system. 

    Clouse's strong emphasis on racial equity and her dedication to restorative justice would make her an excellent choice to represent Thurston County, District 5.

    Emily Clouse

    Emily Clouse is running for Thurston County Commission to represent the newly created District 5. Clouse is the executive director of CARE Olympia, a nonprofit that connects formerly-incarcerated youth with counseling, education, and mutual aid.