Who is Sans?

Sans Gilmore and his wife, Tamela, are Olympia residents. Sans’ family has lived in the Pacific Northwest for generations. Sans’ grandparents lived in Seaview Washington and they were very involved in their local Grange and their church. Sans has spent all of his adult life serving his country as a Soldier and his community as a family law Lawyer. Sans and his wife are the oldest of six children who grew up with parents who worked in the logging industry.


Sans is a first-generation college graduate. He earned his bachelor’s degree at The Evergreen State College in 1987 and his Juris Doctorate degree in 1991 from what was then the University of Puget Sound School of Law. Sans is no stranger to hard work. Sans earned his degrees while he continued to serve in the Army Reserve and work at Safeway. Sans left his job at Safeway in 1989 to begin an internship so that he could be better prepared for his career in law. Sans opened his own law firm in 1992 and he has helped over 3000 clients negotiate the local court systems in areas such as family law, landlord/tenant law, debt collection/debt defense, and estate planning/probate. Sans is very proud of his 37 years of military service and over 30 years of legal service.


In 2003, Major General Larry Johnson selected Sans to be the 70th Regional Readiness Command’s Command Sergeant Major. In that role, Sans was the senior enlisted advisor at the Command for four years serving over 5000 Army Reserve Soldiers and their families during four of the first six years of the war in Iraq. In 2011, the Army selected Sans to be the Joint Base Lewis McChord’s Warrior Transition Battalion Command Sergeant Major. From 2011-2013 Sans was directly involved in helping over 1000 wounded and ill Soldiers and their families coordinate medical treatment and transition from their military jobs to successful civilian jobs.


Sans continues to practice law and for the last six years Sans has also served his community in various ways including being a board member on the Visitor & Convention Bureau Board (member), American Legion Post 3 (finance officer & chaplain), North Thurston Education Foundation (trustee), Thurston County Veteran’s Service Board (secretary), and Sans also continues to volunteer and support other worthwhile programs such as the Thurston County Foodbank and The Evergreen State College Foundation. If Sans is elected, he is looking forward to fighting for had working families and making sure your government is accessible and held accountable for the laws and policies we make that affect us all every day.