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Welcome to the Sequim Good Governance League

Good Governance builds community. Irresponsible governance divides community.

Critical 2023 City Council Election.
Good Governance was at Risk!
We are SO PROUD of the Results.

During the 2023 election, four of the seven city council seats were on the ballot.

Mayor Tom Ferrell was running unopposed and SGGL endorsed and supported three good governance candidates, Kathy Downer, Dan Butler and Harmony Rutter


We STRONGLY supported Councilor Kathy Downer for reelection who this year decided to shift to Position 1 in order to take on William Armacost (formerly known as Sequim's QAnon Mayor).

We also worked hard to help recruit two AMAZING candidates (and human beings) for open seats - Dan Butler for Position 2 (who ran against Jim Black) and Harmony Rutter for Position 6 (who ran against Patrick Day). 

During this election, 110 community members pitched in for Good Governance, running as candidates, going door to door to meet neighbors, offering up small donations, waving signs, and more.

The results? Kathy, Dan, and Harmony won by 2 to 1 margins (see below) and are preparing to begin work in January 2024. 

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Kathy Downer

Position 1 (73% of the vote)


Dan Butler

Position 2 (62% of the vote)


Harmony Rutter

Position 6 (65% of the vote)


Did you know?

In the 2023 election, Sequim's turnout was a whopping 53.8%. This was 9% higher than Clallam County as a whole (44.6%) and 10% higher than our neighbor, Jefferson County (43.7%).

SGGL by the Numbers in 2023

In October, we concluded our fundraising campaign for the 2023 election and updated our financial records. This includes all donations received and expenses paid out. We received over $3,500 in donations from 53 donors and paid out just under $3,100 to support our efforts. 35 donations were under $100; 14 - $100 donations were made; and 4 donations were between $101 and $250. There were no donations over $250 and all donations were from Clallam County residents. The detailed financial report can be found by clicking the button below. A big thanks to all of our financial supporters and feet on the ground volunteers!

How we did it.
Our game plan.

   If we get the vote out, we win. You can help by:

  • Telling all of your friends, acquaintances, colleagues, neighbors, and anyone you run into on the street about the importance of this election and to vote for Kathy, Dan and Harmony. (IT WORKED.)


  • Donating money to Kathy, Dan and Harmony's campaigns. (PEOPLE DID.) 

  • Writing a Letter to the Editor of the Peninsula Daily News or Sequim Gazette in September or October in support of Kathy, Dan and Harmony. (YES, LOTS OF LETTERS.)

  • Helping with door-to-door canvassing, which will be organized for the four weekends in October. Stay tuned for more information. (CANVASSING COMPLETED 10/28/23 - THANK YOU!)

  • Donating to the SGGL PAC (button to the left) in order to pay for the Postcards and Flyers we will be printing and mailing in support of Kathy, Dan, and Harmony. (DONATIONS NOW CLOSED 10/29/23 - THANK YOU!)



The Sequim Good Governance League was formed to promote good governance in the City of Sequim. The league supports transparency, reasoned dialogue, and respect for individuals within the City administration, the City Council, and among citizens of Sequim and surrounding community. 

SGGL has two components: 

1) an educational organization (SGGL) to promote good governance; and

2) a political organization (SGGL PAC) to help elect good governance candidates.

SGGL in the News

The Nation

Our successful journey is the cover story on The Nation Magazine. Reporter Sasha Abramsky interviewed many people in our town and including people involved in good governance getting our new city council positions filled and new mayor appointed.


This story features the OLD mayor and his like minded council members and the way they were running Sequim's government. It touches and how we all pulled together and voted them out. Yay!!

The Sequim Good Governance League Story

The confluence of events that took over 2020—the pandemic, an epidemic, rising awareness of systemic racism, a tumultuous federal election—revealed that national and global forces can intrude on Sequim’s civic concerns. A democratic-republic requires good governance to navigate such complexity. The Sequim Good Governance League was formed to support and promote good governance in Sequim and the surrounding Sequim-Dungeness Valley area. Good governance thrives on honesty, integrity, openness, inclusiveness, and accountability, using facts, reason, and ethical behaviors to develop non-partisan solutions that serve and protect the residents of Sequim. 





Local governmental institutions in the greater Sequim area (the Sequim-Dungeness Valley) serve the needs and interests of the entire community through established best practices of good governance. Good governance is based on, among other things: honesty, integrity, accessibility, inclusiveness, transparency, equity, diversity, competence, accountability, using facts and reason, exhibiting ethical behaviors, and respecting the rule of law.

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