How QAnon Conspiracies Took Over This Town’s Politics

A QAnon supporter ran for office in Sequim, Washington, and won.
Illustration by Arielle Duhaime-Ross
Illustration by Arielle Duhaime-Ross

A QAnon-promoting mayor. Armed vigilantes looking to scare off “Antifa.” And a heated fight over an opioid treatment center? Reporter Jen Kinney takes us to one small town in Washington State, where the paranoid style of American politics is turning even the most local issues into conspiracy theories.




This episode was reported and produced by Jen Kinney. 

VICE News Reports is produced by Jesse Alejandro Cottrell, Jen Kinney, Janice Llamoca and Julia Nutter. Our senior producers are Ashley Cleek and Adizah Eghan. Our associate producers are Sam Eagan, Sophie Kazis, and Adreanna Rodriguez. Sound design and music composition by Steve Bone and Kyle Murdock. 

Our executive producer and VP of VICE Audio is Kate Osborn. Janet Lee is senior production manager for VICE Audio. Production coordination by Steph Brown. Fact checking by Nicole Pasulka. 

Episode art by our host, Arielle Duhaime-Ross.