No More. Four years ago, I ran for Olympia mayor, warning of the bad policies that were ruining our city. In four years, it's become worse than even I expected. Now, we need to say "No More" with a collective voice. It is time to end the encampments besieging our city, provide public safety, and truly recover Olympia. No more giving Olympia over to the failed policies that are enabling lawlessness, chaos, and addiction.
Social services are needed…AND we need a clean, safe, welcoming city. There is an affordable housing crisis…AND people should feel safe walking the trails, parks, and sidewalks of our community. There is a mental health crisis…AND kids, women, and seniors should be completely comfortable enjoying our downtown. There is an opioid epidemic…AND we deserve a compassionate community that offers help without enabling. Homelessness is complex, involving mental illness, substance abuse, job loss, medical issues, domestic violence, or a combination of factors….AND it is completely unacceptable to have our forests, waterways, and public spaces absolutely devastated by human waste and garbage.
We need to end encampments, make our city safe, and recover Olympia.
Seattle media is taking an interest in the choice for Olympia's mayor, because Olympians actually have a choice for a new direction or 4 more years of the same.
More coverage of Olympians considering whether to choose a new direction for their city or continue down the same path.
The Journal of Olympia, Lacey, and Tumwater (JOLT News) profiled the stark differences between Olympia's mayoral candidates when it comes to responding to homelessness.