When I ran for Lacey City Council in 2017, I identified three issues to work on: Bus service for Northeast Lacey, protecting our drinking water by helping people convert from septic tanks to sewers, and managing growth to keep Lacey livable.
We’ve seen success in all of those areas, but frankly, my work on the Council has been dominated by responding to homelessness, the COVID-19 pandemic, civil unrest, and the growing threat of climate change.
Each of those daunting issues greatly affects the quality of life in Lacey, and in our neighboring communities. They demand a regional response. I’ve worked hard to build relationships with my counterparts in Olympia, Tumwater, Thurston County and Yelm in order to work with them on a coordinated approach to navigating these problems.
As a City Councilmember, I’ve supported efforts to help families and small businesses weather the devastating effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. We established a $1 million grant fund for small businesses and awarded hundreds of thousands of dollars to social service agencies to help Lacey residents. As we begin to emerge from this crisis, there’s much more to do. If re-elected, I’ll continue working on strategies to help residents and small businesses get back on their feet and thrive.
Simply put, there aren’t enough houses and apartments for the people who want them. And that drives housing costs out of reach for many people. This is a regional problem that needs regional solutions. That is why I helped create the Thurston Regional Housing Council. In a new term, I will focus on keeping families housed, work with the Housing Council on strategies for sheltering unhoused people and helping them find permanent housing, and support public-private partnerships to build lower-cost housing.
Our climate is changing rapidly, and not in good ways. The devastation from raging wildfires, extreme storms, and warming temperatures affects us all. I’m proud to represent Lacey on the Thurston Climate Mitigation Steering Committee, which has developed a 30-year science-informed plan for reducing carbon in our atmosphere. It won’t be easy to slow down the climatic changes we’re experiencing, but if we all do our part, I believe we can get there.
Centuries of racial oppression have led us to this day when America is finally forced to take a hard look at the way racial minorities are treated. I strongly supported the creation of Lacey’s new Commission on Equity, whose mission is to ensure that all Lacey residents have equal access to City programs, jobs, and services, as well as representation in City decision-making processes. If you entrust me to represent you for another four years, I’ll focus on actions that will make Lacey a safe, sustainable, respectful, and inviting community for all.
As chair of the Intercity Transit Authority, I want to work to restore service to pre-pandemic levels. I also want to grow the transit system to meet public needs and make it more convenient and environmentally friendly. I’m proud of the work I’ve done on the Transit Authority to help bring service to Northeast Lacey and systemwide improvements. I also support Lacey’s “complete streets” program, which includes sidewalks, bicycle lanes, and other amenities to encourage residents to get out of their vehicles and walk or ride bikes to their destinations.