Ken has a number of supporters, some of whom are listed below.   Others names will be listed as we get them.  If you would like to endorse Ken, please use the form below or contact us directly.  Thank You!


Virgil Clarkson – Lacey City Council

Lenny Greenstein – Lacey City Council

Mark Brown – former Lacey Mayor

Andrew Barkis – State Representative 2nd District

Brady Olson – Local Hero

Ralph Munro- former Secretary of State

Sam Reed – former Secretary of State

Dick Bever – former Lacey Deputy Mayor

Jon Halvorson – former Lacey Mayor

Gary Edwards – Thurston County Commissioner

John (Hutch) Hutchings – Thurston County Commissioner

Bill McGregor – Port of Olympia Commissioner

Tom T. Nelson – Lacey Fire Commissioner

Bud Blake, Thurston County Commissioner

Raj Manhas – former North Thurston School Superintendent

Thelma Jackson, former North Thurston School Board

Gary Alexander – former state Representative

Washington Farm Bureau

Olympia Master Builders

Lacey Business League

Ed Bagley

Joel Graham, former Lacey Fire District Commissioner

Ken Parsons, former South Bay Fire District Commissioner

David Nicandri, former Tumwater City Council

Judi Hoefling, former Tumwater City Council

Marv Kaufman 

Randy Luke

Mike Williams

Dennis Curry

Jan Teague (Ken’s spouse)

Dr. Karen A. Johnson

Larry Blume

John D. Drebick

Treacy Duerfeldt

Claire Marohn

Mike Marohn

Erin Volz

Jim and Jean Olson

Melody Borcherding

Doug DeForest

Stewart Ridgeway

Joseph DiSanto

John Heelan

Joseph Beaulieu

Mike Edwards

Lanny Weaver

Amber Raney

Bob Kagy

Dick Pust

Kim Bauman

Dave Vincent

Shirley Dziedzic

Howard Burton

Larry Engel

Jerry Wilkins

Cynthia Collins

Heidi Persson

Tom McCabe

Gene and Janet Dolan

Mrs. Johnny (Ruth) Lewis

Tom Iovanne

Bill Frare

Charlie Kirry

Kevin Huffer

Tony Salas

Daniela Anderson

Sandi Wilson

Kevin Bonagofski

Van Van Jepmond

Andrew Oczkowicz

Tom Dewel

Verle Ketchum

Ken Michael

Yvonne Conway

Col. Michael Jackson

Bill Connor

Clint Robbins

Paulie G

Madelin White

Grace Kendall

Joe Owen

Victoria Benson

Mark Valerio

Darren Gibbs

Nick Kerry

Please feel free to use this form to endorse Ken Balsley or leave a testimonial to his character.  Thank You!


I’m proud to have received the endorsement of the Washington Farm Bureau in my campaign for a seat on the Lacey City Council.

Granted, we don’t have many farms in the corporate city limits of Lacey, but we do have several farms in our Urban Growth Area.

Family farms have been the backbone of this country since its founding.  My family were all Iowa farmers, many of whom moved to Washington and to Thurston County in the 1930’s and 1940’s after losing their farms during the Great Depression.  Most of them settled here and took up farming – only on a smaller scale.

We all want to see the survival of the small family farm – – the one that provides us with strawberries and raspberries in the Spring; corn and corn mazes in the fall and pumpkins and fun during Halloween.

But our farms are more than that.  Our farms are a reminder that we all sprang from the soil and that’s where our roots and our past still remain.

Farms are threatened on a constant basis, by urban growth, financial pressures and environmental concerns.

In my own small way, as a member of the Lacey City Council, I will do my best to assure that our family farms in the Lacey area will still be around for our grand-children and great-grand-children to enjoy.

I thank the Washington Farm Bureau for its endorsement.

Andrew Barkis, State Representative 2nd District

“I’ve known Ken Balsley for 44 years—as a fellow member of the Lacey Rotary Club, and as the former Editor of The Lacey Leader, Lacey’s only newspaper in the 1970s that helped establish the city’s identity apart from Olympia. Ken Balsley was a huge part of the effort to cement Lacey’s place on the Thurston County map. Ken has been a lifelong supporter, booster and champion of Lacey’s place in the universe. His knowledge of the city’s history is like a very long and very deep river that is constantly flowing, like Ken’s attention to what’s going on in Lacey as a citizen who was not on the Lacey City Council. Now is the time to put Ken’s knowledge, commitment and contacts to use for the betterment of Lacey, a growing enterprise that gains more influence in Thurston County as the years pass. Ken is my friend, and one of his best traits is his loyalty. I believe Ken will be loyal to the City of Lacey and its interests, and listen to the hopes and concerns of the citizens he will represent.”   – Ed Bagley

Gary Edwards, Thurston County Commissioner

“I have known Ken since our high school days. He has always been interested in and involved in community activities. I served with him on the Lacey Mad Festival, on the Board of Lacey Rotary and in the Lacey/Thurston County Chamber of Commerce. Ken has given thousands of hours for the benefit of Lacey. During my years on the Lacey City Council, I found him to be well informed on the issues we faced and always willing to discuss them and offer his insight, which I greatly appreciated. I am delighted he is running for Lacey City Council. I don’t believe there is a better qualified person than Ken for the position.”    – Richard Bever

Virgil Clarkson, Lacey City Council

“I have known Ken since I moved here over 20 years ago. I served on the Lacey Chamber board and several committees with him. I know of no one who loves the city of Lacey more. It is time to put him in a position to take it to the next level.”    – Stewart Ridgeway

Dr. Karen A. Johnson

“Ken Balsley, a longtime Lacey resident, is one of Lacey’s best ambassadors and cheerleaders. He is extremely passionate about its future and The Go-To Historian for its past.”  – Riley Moore

Bill McGregor, Olympia Port Commissioner

“As a former city council member and mayor I know what passion it takes to be elected to this office. Ken has the knowledge and the passion to move Lacey into the next few decades”  – Thomas L. Nelson

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“His love and passion for the city of Lacey is only equaled by his integrity and honesty. Ken Balsley has a vast knowledge of all things Lacey, the ability to see down the road to the future and the drive to accomplish what needs to be done to keep Lacey thriving.”  – Kathleen Blanchette