Tonya is a lifelong resident of the South Puget Sound area and has lived in Thurston County for 34 years. She attended Tacoma Community College, where she earned her Associates Degree, Central Washington University, where she is working toward her Bachelor’s degree in Law and Justice, and most recently completed her Court Manager Certification through the Institute for Court Management. Tonya has worked for the superior court system for 24 years, in both Pierce (15 yrs) and Thurston County (9 yrs). This has allowed her to witness various court structures first hand, and assess which ones serve the public in the most efficient and effective ways.
Tonya is committed to our community. She sought out a job in Thurston County after leaving Pierce County- she wanted to work and serve in the community she lived in. She is a member of the Thurston County Democrats and an active member of the Thurston County Democratic Women. She has volunteered at SafePlace, is a member of the NAACP, and in 2019 was awarded Womxn of the Year by the Olympia YWCA for her work on Color of Justice, a program that fosters diversity in the court system, seeks to inspire and encourage minority youth to consider a career in the judiciary, and gives participants the opportunity to learn from mentors in the law and justice fields.
Tonya has one beautiful daughter, Taylor Walters, who is married to Staff Sgt. Blaine Walters. They are currently stationed at JBLM, but live in the Lacey area. Tonya’s family, Ret. Major Ronald and Fannie Moore (parents), Brian Moore (brother), Sean and Debrena Moore (brother and his wife), her nieces and their families, all live in Thurston County. Tonya enjoys spending time with family, attending church at Capital Christian Center, crafting, and watching documentaries.