The Olympia City Council election is nearly upon us. Ballots will start hitting mailboxes today, and will be counted in less than 3 weeks.
This election is taking place in a time of transformation. This economy requires that we find new ways of working together. The Olympia City Council is also in transformation – a transformation that began two years ago, and is not yet finished.
We are moving beyond the time when we allow people we elect say to us, “Don’t waste your time on important issues, Council knows best.”
The Olympia City Council is also in transformation – a transformation that began two years ago, and is not yet finished.
We are moving beyond the time when community members invest their hearts and minds in creating a Comprehensive Plan, only for the City to ignore that work by not aligning development codes with that plan, thus failing to assure that new development actually happens the way we want it to.
We are moving beyond the time when Olympia says to its regional partners, “We really don’t need to work with you, we’re going it alone.”
City leaders must work with the public to create policies that make sense, that have broad support, and that reflect community values. Citizens are right to expect that their City Council treats them with respect, represents the will of the community, and works together. Unfortunately, in recent years, the Council has created divisive conflicts in our community.
I will work to change that.
We need the type of leadership that listens to the interests of the community and builds upon our strengths.
I have a background in helping people work together, across divides, finding common ground, and advancing common interests. Olympia needs bold leadership to face our challenges. We need the type of leadership that listens to the interests of the community and builds upon our strengths.
We live in a community of incredibly capable people. We share a strong interest in restoring our downtown, making it safe and welcoming for all. We value our small, local businesses and we choose to support them. We know we need regional coordination to address critical issues. We are a city of neighborhoods. We want a community where our problems are addressed, and we are all part of the solutions.
Together, let’s complete the transformation of the Olympia City Council.
Thank you very much.