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Thurston County race includes death threat, criminal investigation

Glen Morgan. (Photo: KOMO News)

ROCHESTER, Wash. -- There is an investigation under way here after a Democratic official admitted to a death threat over a political robo call.

It begins with property-rights activist Glen Morgan.

"I really care about property rights," says Morgan, executive director of Citizens' Rights to Property Rights.

"I just don't want Thurston County taking this away from me," he said about his family farm.

So the Republican started a political action committee, raised a couple thousand dollars and spent the money on a robo call targeting the District 1 County Commission race in Thurston County.

The call went out to tens of thousands of voters in the county on Monday.

Within an hour, Morgan received the threatening voicemail.

"I was pretty surprised," he said. "It was an anonymous death threat; it was pretty clear who is was."

Morgan says his voice mail system identified the phone number where the message came from, and it was traced to a Democratic Party precinct committee officer in Olympia.

"Obviously we don't condone violence to settle any sort of situation," said Katie Nelson, chair of the Thurston County Democratic Party.

Deputies contacted the caller, who admitted to leaving the threatening message and said "it was a stupid thing to do," adding he had no intention of carrying out the threat.

"Anytime it goes over the edge to cause bodily harm, to cause property damage or to kill, we do take that very seriously," said Sgt. Carla Carter of the Thurston County Sheriff's Office.

Morgan filed a restraining order for the safety of his family, but says he doesn't plan to take the case any further.

"This is crazy election season and people are getting way too emotional," Morgan said. "There should never be reason for someone to threaten to kill somebody else."

KOMO News is not naming the man who admitted making the threat because he has not been charged. He declined to speak with KOMO News on camera.

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