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 Commission
John (Hutch) Hutchings – Thurston County Commission
Bill McGregor – Port of Olympia Commission
Tom T. Nelson – Lacey Fire Commission
Raj Manhas – former North Thurston School Superintendent
Gary Alexander – former state Representative
Washington Farm Bureau
Olympia Master Builders
Lacey Business League
Jan Teague (Ken’s spouse)
Dr. Karen A. Johnson
Jim and Jean Olson
Gene and Janet Dolan
Mrs. Johnny (Ruth) Lewis
Van Van Jepmond
Col. Michael Jackson
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.
“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
“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