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Jon Tunheim

Campaign Statement

I believe a Prosecuting Attorney should be a trusted and experienced legal champion for safe communities and justice. For the past eight years, I have had the honor of serving as your Prosecuting Attorney and am proud to lead the extraordinary team of public servants in the office where I started my career thirty years ago.

While in office, I focused on building strong partnerships with law enforcement, courts, criminal defense, and community organizations. Together, we launched a collaborative reform strategy called “Innovative Justice.” The results: improved services for victims, fewer trial delays, and more diversion opportunities for those with mental illness or addiction.

Today, I continue to work collaboratively to contain costs while improving public safety. I will lead efforts to be smart on crime by prioritizing resources on serious crimes and those who pose the highest risk to our community, while increasing use of prosecution alternatives for those who are lower risk. With your support, I will continue to find innovative ways to reduce recidivism and lower costs while continuing to hold those who violate the law accountable.

Thank you for your support and vote. Together, we can create a safer, stronger and more hopeful community.

About Jon Tunheim

Originally from South Dakota, Jon Tunheim earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Physics at South Dakota State University and soon moved to Washington to attend law school at the University of Puget Sound School of Law. While in law school, he joined the Thurston County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office as a legal intern in 1988. He was admitted to the practice of law in 1990, and appointed as a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney, serving the office in that capacity until elected Prosecuting Attorney in 2010. During his career, Jon was focused on cases involving sexual assault, domestic violence and crimes against children. As a deputy prosecutor, Jon was a leader in the effort to create Monarch Children’s Justice and Advocacy Center, an organization providing coordinated services to child victims.

Jon Tunheim

Jon is an active member of Washington’s legal community. He is a past president of the Washington Government Lawyers Bar Association and was the first president of the Association of Thurston County Deputy Prosecuting Attorneys. He currently serves on the Washington State Sentencing Guidelines Commission, the Paralegal Advisory Board for South Puget Sound Community College, and is the current president of both the Washington Association of Prosecuting Attorneys (WAPA) and the Washington State Association of Drug Court Professionals (WSADCP).

A graduate of Leadership Thurston County, he served as President of its Board of Regents and supports many other local charities. He is currently the Board President for the United Way of Thurston County, and previously served on the boards of the Child Care Action Council, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and the Family Support Center of South Sound.

For his community work, Jon was named a “21st Century Leader” by The Olympian, and a “Champion for Kids” by TOGETHER! He is a recipient of Thurston Community Network’s “Making a Diference in the Life of a Child” award and was recognized as a “Local Hero” by the Washington State Bar Association. In 2012, Jon was presented with the prestigious “Bigelow Award” and named Lawyer of the Year by the Thurston County Bar Association. He was later recognized as a “Champion for Washington’s Kids” by the organization Fight Crime: Invest in Kids. Most recently, he was
recognized as the “Elected Official of the Year” by the Foster Parents Association of Washington State. Jon and his wife Marcia, also an attorney, have been married 31 years and have four sons.

Activities and Awards

Community Activities

  • Current President, United Way of Thurston County

  • Immediate Past President – Leadership Thurston County Board of Regents

  • Former board member and President – Big Brothers Big Sisters of SW Washington

  • Former board member and President – Child Care Action Council

  • Former board member and President – Crimestoppers of Thurston County

  • Former board member – Family Support Center of South Sound

  • Board member and Criminal Justice Representative  – Cascade Pacific Action Alliance

  • Co-Chair of the Thurston County Law and Justice Council

  • Public Safety and Justice representative to the Thurston Thrives Coordinating Council

  • Member – SPSCC Paralegal Advisory Board

  • Member – West Olympia Rotary Club

Statewide Activities

  • Current President – Washington Association of Prosecuting Attorneys (WAPA)

  • Current President – Washington State Association of Drug Court Professionals (WSADCP)

  • Recently re-appointed by Governor Inslee to the Washington State Sentencing Guidelines Commission

  • Co-leading the Washington State Criminal Justice Opioid Workgroup

  • Member, Washington State Essentials for Childhood Steering Committee

  • Former board member and President – Government Lawyers Bar Association

Awards and Recognition

  • 21st Century Leader by the Olympian

  • Champion for Kids by TOGETHER!

  • Making a Difference in the Life of a Child by the Thurston Community Network

  • Local Hero by the Washington State Bar Association

  • Bigalow Award (Lawyer of the Year) by the Thurston County Bar Association

  • Champion for Washington’s Kids by Fight Crime: Invest in Kids

  • Elected Official of the Year by the Foster Parents Association of Washington State

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Government Officials
Bob Ferguson, Washington State Attorney General
Kim Wyman, Secretary of State
Chief Justice Gerry Alexander, Washington State Supreme Court (Ret.)
Sam Hunt, State Senator
Laurie Dolan, State Representative
Beth Doglio, State Representative
Judge Daniel J. Berschauer, Thurston County Superior Court (Ret.)
Judge Richard Strophy, Thurston County Superior Court (Ret.)
Judge Paula Casey, Thurston County Superior Court (Ret.)
Judge Susan A. Dubuisson, Thurston County District Court (Ret.)
John Snaza, Thurston County Sheriff
Dan Kimball, Thurston County Sheriff (Ret.)
Jeff Gadman, Thurston County Treasurer
Mary Hall, Thurston County Auditor
Steven Drew, Thurston County Assessor
Linda Myhre Enlow, Thurston County Clerk
Tawni Sharp, Chief Deputy Clerk
Bette Gould, Former Thurston County Clerk (Ret.).
Gary Warnock, Thurston County Coroner
Ed Holm, Former Thurston County Prosecutor
Joe Downing, Port of Olympia Commissioner
Bill McGregor, Port of Olympia Commissioner
Cheryl Selby, Mayor of Olympia
Mark Foutch, Former Mayor of Olympia
Doug Mah, Former Mayor of Olympia
Jeff Davis, Former Port of Olympia Commissioner
Andy Ryder, Mayor of Lacey
Cynthia Pratt, Deputy Mayor of Lacey
Michael Steadman, Lacey City Council
Rachel Young, Lacey City Council
Lenny Greenstein, Lacey City Council
Jon Halvorson, Former Mayor of Lacey
Virgil Clarkson, Former Mayor of Lacey
Pete Kmet, Mayor of Tumwater
Joan Cathey, Tumwater Mayor Pro Tem
Leatta Dahlhoff, Tumwater City Council
Eileen Swarthout, Tumwater City Council
Debbie Sullivan, Tumwater City Council
Neil McClanahan, Tumwater City Council and former Thurston County Undersheriff
Casey Salisbury, Mason County Sheriff
Ed Sorger, Former Chief of Police, The Evergreen State College
Aaron Jelcick, Deputy Chief, Olympia Police Department
Tim Braniff, Thurston County Undersheriff
Todd Thoma, Thurston County Jail Chief
David Pearsall, Chief Deputy Sheriff and Griffin Fire Commissioner
Ray Hansen, Thurston County Chief Criminal Deputy Sheriff (Ret.)
Cdr. John Suessman, Lacey Police Dept. (Ret.)
Mark Thompson, McClane-Black Lake Fire Commissioner
Tina Robinson, Kitsap County Prosecutor
Tony Golick, Clark County Prosecutor
Greg Banks, Island County Prosecutor
Local Attorneys:
Stephen Bean
Dan Berner
Margaret Brost
Julie Carignan
Terry Church
Donald Daniel
Jodi Erikson-Muldrew
Jim Foley
Leonor Fuller
Jay Fuller
Fred Gentry
Jay Goldstien
John Gray (Ret.)
Jack Hanemann
Stephen Henderson
Catherine Holm
John Hough
Charles “Skip” Houser
Rick Hughes
John Justice
Dale Kamerrer
Nancy Koptur
Don Law
Michael Lynch
Hannah McDonald
John McIlhenney
Martin Meyer
Mike Morgan
Nam Nguyen
Charles Roe (Ret.)
Sax Rogers
Greg Rosen
Leslie Seffern
Jonathan Sproffske
Stephanie Stocker
Paul Strophy
R. Alan Swanson
Forrest Wagner
Kathryn Wyatt
Aaron Young
Deputy Prosecutors
Ali Abid
Brandi Archer
Scott Cushing
Catherine Galvin
Wayne Graham
Rosemary Hewitson
Karen Horowitz
Joe Jackson
David Klumpp (Retired)
Jeffery Lippert
Jennifer Lord
Chad McClellan
Elizabeth McMullen
Lindsey Millar
Christy Peters
Elizabeth Petrich
Heather Stone
Cailen Wevadau
Joseph Wheeler
Megan Winder
Olivia Zhou

Thurston County Democratic Women’s Club

The Tumwater Firefighters IAFF Local 2409

Thurston County Deputy Sheriff’s Association

Thurston County Deputy Prosecuting Attorneys Association

Olympia Police Guild

AFSCME Local 618 (Thurston County Employees)

Friends and Colleagues
Louise Adams
Craig Apperson
Mike Auderer
Shawn Ball
Lori Bame
Kristi Barbieri
Jerry Barney
Patrick Beehler
Paul Berendt, Former Chair, Washington State Democrats
Susan Bergt
Laurie Berryman
Nathan Black
Toni Blanton
Carissa Bourdon
Irene Bowling, Candidate for State Senate
Suzanne Bracher
Marny Bright
Margaret Brown
Taylor Bruce
Gary Burris
Bob Butts
Michael Cade
Tom Carroll
Carolyn Caruso
Richele Center
Capt. Ralph Chappell, USN (Ret.)
Charles Chelan
Barbara Clarkson
Jessica Coen
Monica Crawford
Mariella Cummings
Victoria Cunningham
Liz Davis
Michael Dornfeld
Cheryl Duryea
Madeleine Elliot
Mark Elliot
Jeff Engle
Mike and Tracy Evans
Jerry Farmer
Len Faucher
Jerika Ferguson
Jane Field
Dave Forsberg
Julie Frank
Friends and Colleagues
Christine Garst
Jamie Glasgow
Leslie Goldstein
Gail Gosney Wrede
Michael Gould
Jerry Gray
Dustin Gray
Trish Gregory
Teya Harris
Patricia Hart
Tom R. Henderson
Denise Hibbeln
Lou Hilken
Christine Hoffman
Sandra Hulteen
Matt Huot
Wendy Ireland
Karen Johnson
Lauren Johnston
Roger Jones
Gordon Kirkemo
Linda Kleingartner
Paul Knox
Anne Larsen
Rebecca Larsen
Russell Lehman
Daryl Leischner
Mike Leonard
Stephanie Lindey
Christa Lippert
Sara Lippert
Cecilia Loveless
Rachael Lundmark
Jim Mathis
Willis Mayfield
Tonia McClanahan
Nathan McGee
Kelley McIntosh
Beth McIntyre
Jennifer McMillen
Friends and Colleagues
Alexis Miller
Barbara Miller
Matt Miller
Brian Morgan
Randi Nandyal
Jerry Noviello
Amy Perlman
Paul Perz
Nayeli Pieper
Marge Price
Heidi Prihoda
David J. Reynolds
Chris Richardson
Charles and Julie Rhodes
Scott Royer
Will Saunders
Katrina Wynkoop Simmons
Natalie Skovran
Adrienne Smith
Ed Steinweg
Greg Stevens
Hans Stoker
Eric Sullivan
Marie Sullivan
Barb Thompson
Kirsten Toynbee
Curt Vaniman
Shannon Vernon
Dick Van Wagenen
Kim Wallace
Brent Walz
Chris Wells
Joanna and Mo West
Mike Whitlatch
Amanda Wilhelm
Brenda Williams
Nicole Williams
Lee Wojner
Cyndi and Jerome Zechmann
Lynda Zeman
Maggie Zimmerman

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