Emily Clouse

Thurston County Commissioner, District 5

Emily will be the first openly bisexual woman to serve on the Board of County Commissioners!


Emily is defined by her commitment to social justice and her extensive experience in public service. A proud member of the US Army, Emily has made a significant impact in several areas including the fields of law enforcement, social welfare, and affordable housing. As a co-founder of CARE Olympia, she has worked tirelessly to improve the lives of justice-involved youth and their families. Emily’s wide range of work experience has provided her with unique insight into the many challenges that face her community, including affordable housing, public safety, and climate change. Her perspective on prisons, policing, and the justice system is informed by her time as a military intelligence analyst, and she firmly believes that it’s time for a new approach that prioritizes restorative justice and reintegration. As an abolitionist and democratic socialist, Emily is committed to the creation of equitable policies that will empower working people and help to address income inequality in Thurston County. She is passionate about making a difference in the lives of those who have been marginalized and oppressed, and she is dedicated to building a more just and equitable future