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Wednesday, October 31, 2018 6:50 PM

Thank you Jenny!

Joe Nole was on my interview panel when I was hired by Jefferson County Sheriff's Office more than 8 years ago. We made an immediate connection due to shared interests: We both had worked for the Forest Service. We both had worked as teachers. We were both liberals in an organization that is predominantly conservative. What I find most appealing about Joe is his ability to build consensus and maintain mutual respect in the department. I think he's a true bipartisan leader, because those conservative deputies are the ones who asked him to run, and I also endorse his campaign.

He is a true professional, with over 25 commendable years of service with JCSO, and he is a thoughtful individual who truly has the good of a diverse community at heart.

Stanko may be running with an (I) next to his name, touting his bipartisan leadership, but he must be confused. In 2014, he ran as a Democrat, although he is a lifelong Republican, because it was politically expedient to do so in a county that leans left. When he didn't secure the Democratic endorsement after the primary, he then ran as an Independent, again because it was self-serving and politically expedient. I think that (I) next to Stanko's name really stands for "me, myself, and I." That's how he runs his campaign-self-serving, politically expedient, and misleading, and that's how he runs his department.

I prefer a candidate who is exactly who they say they are. Joe Nole: a lifelong Democrat and law enforcement professional from Jefferson County. There's no confusion or misleading statements. Law enforcement by the community for the community and a darn nice guy to boot...

Here's my letter that didn't make it into the Port Townsend Leader before the endorsement letter deadline. Please feel free to share:
"I wonder whether Stanko views the lack of support from JCSO employees as a failure of his leadership. I think it’s very telling that not one JCSO employee has written a letter in support of Stanko. Many of these employees asked Joe to run, because he’s a man who garners the respect of his coworkers and is held in high esteem in the community. Stanko struggles to know his deputies’ names. These aren’t disgruntled deputies who don’t appreciate Stanko’s “high accountability standards,” as Stanko often pointed out when questioned about lack of departmental support; these are public servants who leave their families on holidays, birthdays, nights, and weekends to serve our community 24/7. They deserve better; we deserve better.

Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things. –Peter F Drucker

Joe Nole is a man who does things right, with over 25 years of service with Jefferson County, and more importantly, he does the right things. Although Stanko tried to use Joe’s thoughtful and deliberative approach to management against him, most recently by condemning Nole’s resistance to change in a Leader ad citing Nole’s Candidates Forum quote “He [Stanko] was asking me to do things that I didn’t believe in…And I drug my feet and I didn’t do those things.” I appreciate anyone who won’t blindly follow authority when a management decision should be challenged. Stanko selected his campaign manager’s wife for his Confidential Secretary. She had no public records experience, an example of cronyism; her lack of experience resulted in a large Public Records Act violation lawsuit. Change for the sake of change isn’t an inherent good; change for the better should be applauded. For that reason, I recommend a vote for Joe Nole; that is a vote for change for the better of our community and JCSO. " - Jenny Dyste


Saturday, October 27, 2018 11:11 AM

Letters to the Editor in This Week's Leader

In case you missed them, here are some letters to the editor that ran in this week's Leader.


Saturday, October 27, 2018 10:11 AM

Letter from a Sheriff

Here is a letter from the Sheriff that hired me 28 years ago, Jefferson County Sheriff Mel Mefford, retired. Thank you Mel for your confidence and trust.


Saturday, October 13, 2018 12:00 AM

Jefferson County sheriff, detective spar over management of office

Peninsula Daily News Article


Thursday, October 11, 2018 10:43 AM

And Yet Another Endorsement!!!

The International Association of Firefighters Union Local 3811, which represents Port Ludlow Fire and Rescue, has voted to endorse Joe Nole for Jefferson County Sheriff. They join their fellow Firefighters of the East Jefferson and Brinnon Fire Departments to endorse Joe. Thank you firefighters for your trust and support in this important election! 


Wednesday, October 10, 2018 12:00 AM

Clint Weimeister Letter to the Editor, A Solid Community Leader


Wednesday, October 10, 2018 12:00 AM

Dave Miller Letter to the Editor, Nole: Proven Leader


Friday, September 14, 2018 9:23 AM

Joe Nole Receives Jefferson County Democrats Endorsement

An impressive majority of those attending the Jefferson County Democrats General Membership Endorsement Meeting Wednesday night on September 12 voted to endorse Joe Nole for Jefferson County Sheriff.


Friday, September 14, 2018 12:00 AM

Jefferson County Bar Association Candidates Poll

Check out the Jefferson County Bar Association's evaluation of Joe Nole and his opponent. The Jefferson County Bar Association represents a dedicated group of attorneys who offer a variety of legal services to local businesses, public entities and members of the community.


Wednesday, September 12, 2018 12:00 AM

Kay Rowland Letter to the Editor, Voting for Nole



Wednesday, September 12, 2018 12:00 AM

Wendy Pate Letter to the Editor, Poor Decision Making


Tuesday, September 11, 2018 4:41 PM

Another Endorsement!

We were honored to receive the endorsement of the 24th Legislative District Democrats, who met at the Jamestown S'Klallam Tribal Center September 9.

A request was made to consider an endorsement of Joe Nole for Jefferson County Sheriff, mentioning that five former sheriffs support Nole’s candidacy, and citing election results showing that 62% of Jefferson County voters supported Nole in the primary. Nole’s opposition to the current sheriff’s collaborations between the local department and the US Border Patrol under Operation Stonegarden was also referenced. The membership overwhelmingly approved the motion to endorse Nole.



Wednesday, August 29, 2018 12:00 AM

May Tracer Letter to the Editor, Ethical Principles


Wednesday, August 29, 2018 12:00 AM

Mike Brasfield, Letter to the Editor: Nole is That Person


Wednesday, August 29, 2018 12:00 AM

Ken Sukert, Letter to the Editor, Making an Excellent Sheriff



Tuesday, August 21, 2018 8:48 PM

Primary Election results are final as of 2:27 PM today

Here are the numbers. It just keeps getting better! Thanks to all of you this is becoming a reality! 





Saturday, August 18, 2018 12:00 AM

August 26, 2014 Leader Article

“If there’s something that needs to be done and nobody else can do it, he’s that guy I always knew I could hand something off to and he would be able to get it done with little or no encouragement. He intuitively knew what he should be doing,” Hernandez said of Nole. “He’s a very humble person. His résumé is impeccable.”


Friday, August 10, 2018 12:56 PM

Primary Election Results In

Here are the Primary Election results for Jefferson County Sheriff as of August 9, 2018 at 4:01 PM. It looks like the community is making their voice heard! A BIG THANK YOU to all of you, my supporters and voters, for making this happen!!! Now, on to November!



Friday, July 27, 2018 4:29 PM

Joe Nole Receives Endorsement from East Jefferson Professional Firefighters IAFF Local 2032 Union

"In the race for Jefferson County Sheriff, the East Jefferson Professional Firefighters IAFF Local 2032 are proud to endorse Joe Nole for Jefferson County Sheriff."

Thank you East Jeff!!!

(please see Photo Gallery for a copy of the endorsement letter)


Saturday, July 21, 2018 7:20 PM

Teamsters Local 589 Endorsement

UNION ENDORSEMENT - Jefferson County Sheriff’s Patrol Deputies urged their union, Teamsters Local 589, to endorse Joe Nole for Jefferson County Sheriff. As a result, Joe Nole has received the endorsement of the Washington Teamsters Legislative League (Teamsters Joint Council No. 28) and a $250.00 campaign contribution check. Thank you all who worked on achieving this important endorsement!


Thursday, July 19, 2018 12:05 PM

For the first of our Elections 2018 coverage, Charlie Bermant conducts a discussion first aired July 19 between Sheriff candidates Joe Nole and David

Check out my interview on KPTZ radio...and please don't forget to vote for JOE NOLE in the primary. Ballots are due by Tuesday, August 7! THANK YOU!!!


Wednesday, June 27, 2018 12:00 AM

Sheriff Candidates Tussle On DHS And Training


Sunday, June 17, 2018 12:00 AM

Challenger Tops Sheriff in Jefferson County Election

The Nov. 6 general election is more than four months away, but Jefferson County Detective Sgt. Joe Nole already is winning the race for most money and contributors over his opponent and supervisor, one-term incumbent Dave Stanko.


Thursday, May 24, 2018 12:00 AM

Race heats up between Jefferson Co. Commission D3, Prosecutor and Sheriff


Sunday, May 20, 2018 12:00 AM

Jefferson County Candidates

Incumbent Sheriff David Stanko of Port Townsend, no party preference, is being challenged by Joe Nole, a Democrat, of Chimacum. Nole is a detective in the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department.


Wednesday, May 16, 2018 12:00 AM

Detective Declares Candidacy for Sheriff


Sunday, May 13, 2018 9:06 AM

Sheriff's Race Heats Up In Jefferson


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