Working for you.
When I first ran for office, I honestly didn’t know what to expect. Thanks to all the amazing support and guidance from so many of you, I was elected to serve the people of Olympia.
We live in a much different world today than we did in 2017 when I first ran.
What’s-his-name was president, the Republicans controlled the House and the Senate, even our county commission had been taken over by conservatives hell-bent on destroying any progress we’d made toward protecting the environment, solving the housing crisis, and creating a more just and fair community and society. Nearly every issue that we care about was threatened.
But we persisted.
We didn’t give in - just the opposite - we pushed back. We organized and resisted - and today thanks to the hard work of all of you, we have the White House, Congress, and our County Commission on our side again.
This isn’t a time to rest, however. It’s time to double down our efforts. We have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to make real and lasting changes in our community and our society. I’m eager to roll up my sleeves and to continue the work.
That’s why I’m running for reelection - because there’s still work to be done.
Since I took office, we’ve embarked on a regional effort to protect our environment and address climate change.
The City of Olympia and our community stakeholders have taken bold steps to address the housing crisis with the goal of ending homelessness as we know it.
We’ve begun to take a hard look at ourselves and how we operate in the city around issues of racial justice, diversity, and inclusion. I was proud last year to submit the referral to create the city’s first Social Justice and Equity Commission.
Our community’s relationship with our police is one of the most important issues before us and I’m proud to be the Chair of the council’s newly formed Public Safety Committee where I’ll lead the effort to create new systems and programs in our city to ensure that people feel protected, not threatened, by law enforcement.
The COVID-19 pandemic has had and will continue to have a huge impact on our community, especially our small businesses. On council, I’ve been able to support efforts to help folks keep their doors open and come out the other side of this whole.
As a downtown business owner myself, it’s important to me that we continue to find ways to work with stakeholders and get through this thing together.
Now, none of these issues can be addressed by a single vote of the council. These are complex problems that will require multi-faceted solutions - and they will require everybody to come to the table, especially those most impacted.
In closing, I would like to thank all of you once again. I have learned so much over my first term in office - because of folks like you who take the time to reach out, give me guidance, and even a kick in the butt sometimes.
Whether we agree on all the issues or not, as your councilmember, I work for you.