Conservation District Support Needed
Save Our Thurston CD Legal Defense Fund - please support Paul Pickett and Doug Rushton
We imagine most of you know that our Thurston Conservation District (TCD) strives to conserve and sustain the beneficial use and protection of local natural resources. This is pretty important stuff for our farmers and our ecosystems. And we imagine you also know about the challenges that presently exist with the TCD. Frankly, it is under siege as are two of the Supervisors, Paul Pickett and Doug Rushton. We know many of us within Olympia Indivisible want to see the Conservation District thrive. Paul and Doug are working hard to make that happen.
Please review their request below and help if you are able. Your support would be greatly appreciated.
Warmest regards and Happy Holidays!
The Steering Committee
This is a call for help from Doug Rushton and Paul Pickett, your Thurston Conservation District Supervisors! As a consequence of trying to fulfill our duties, we have been sued.
In June we were involved in a situation where several other Supervisors appeared to have violated the law by conducting business in executive session that was not what they announced. We read a letter into the record exposing this incident. We wrote the letter on the advice of their attorney, in order to "cure" the apparent violation of the Open Public Meetings Act and obey the law.
Now Joe Hanna has sued us for this letter (he’s the same person Paul defeated in the election last spring). The suit is weak, but still requires our defense. Given the legal costs and threat of discovery and depositions, this sure looks like a harassment suit from opponents who object to our attempts to save our Thurston CD.
The Thurston CD staff attorney has refused to defend us. Therefore, we hired a personal attorney, who filed for dismissal. Unfortunately, the Judge denied our motion. So we are appealing, and the suit continues.
Our legal defense has already cost us almost four thousand dollars in attorney fees, with no end in sight. One top of that, Supervisors are volunteers. So we haven't earned a dime to offset these costs.
We are asking for your help in donating to our legal defense fund. To donate to the fund:
Here are the guidelines for this fund:
Please note that we are writing as individual citizens. This fund and our request have no association with Thurston Conservation District. It is solely our private initiative.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at our home phones or emails.
Please show your support with a donation. You have stood by us with your votes and voices, and now I hope you will support us financially against this attack on our integrity.