- John Pearce, Chairman of the Thurston Public Power Initiative presented the grassroots group’s perspectives on the benefits of choice for electric power generation and distribution. Signatures from 15,000 people were obtained to get this issue on the November ballot. You will receive your mail-in ballot shortly. The purpose of the initiative is to give the Thurston PUD the authority to create publicly funded competition to the current private service provider (PSE). For more resources and information, visit www.thurstonpublicpower.org/resources. If you want to ask John a question, he can be reached by email info@thurstonpublicpower.org .