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“Throughout my career I have always tried to be a voice for the voiceless. I will be that voice for Whatcom County, in Olympia, as your

- Tawsha Dykstra Thompson

Leg. District 42 Position 1

About Tawsha

Tawsha Dykstra Thompson is a lifelong resident of Whatcom County. Her parents had a small dairy farm south of Lynden where they raised 11 children. Her father, who immigrated to the United States as a teenager, and her mom, a log truck driving gospel singer, instilled in all their children the value of hard work, dedication, and strong sense of community. 


At 21 years of age Tawsha became a police officer for the city of Bellingham serving in a multitude of positions such as K9 officer, bicycle patrol, Field Training Officer, Detective, Corporal, and Sergeant. She served the city of Bellingham for almost 25 years. 


In addition to her regular duties, Tawsha continuously sought out additional ways to serve the community of Bellingham but also the men and women with whom she was honored to serve with.


Tawsha was the commander of the Honor Guard Team. The Mission of the Honor Guard is to render honors to those who made the ultimate sacrifice in the Line of Duty.  She was also a Peer Support and Wellness Coordinator, dedicated to helping fellow officers navigate the emotional stressors created by the traumatic events officers face each day. She was a board member and President of the Bellingham Police Association and the Washington Council of Police and Sheriff's representative for the Bellingham Police Guild in Olympia. 

Duty, service, and honor have been cornerstones in Tawsha’s life since she was a child. It is what has guided her throughout her career and shaped her into who she is today. 

Tawsha has always been honored to be a voice for those whose voice someone tried to silence. She excelled at being a strong voice throughout her career and will bring that same proven energy, passion, and commitment to Olympia while representing the people of the 42nd District

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