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2021 Olympia City Council Position 7 Candidates

2021 Olympia City Council Position 7 Candidates

Heard around Olympia: “I don’t know anything about these people.” What people? These people: The 14 who are running for five seats on the Olympia City Council. Of the five races, four have primary races involving three candidates. In each of the four, two will advance based on the August 3 primary election results. That’s a lot of candidates, and it is unusual for five seats to be up for grabs in a single year. The races are non-partisan and despite the fact that council candidates run for a position, all are elected “at-large,” meaning city residents may vote in…
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2021 Olympia City Council Position 2 Candidates

2021 Olympia City Council Position 2 Candidates

Heard around Olympia: “I don’t know anything about these people.” What people? These people: The 14 who are running for five seats on the Olympia City Council. Of the five races, four have primary races involving three candidates. In each of the four, two will advance based on the August 3 primary election results. That’s a lot of candidates, and it is unusual for five seats to be up for grabs in a single year. The races are non-partisan and despite the fact that council candidates run for a position, all are elected “at-large,” meaning city residents may vote in…
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2021 Olympia City Council Position 6 Candidates

2021 Olympia City Council Position 6 Candidates

Heard around Olympia: “I don’t know anything about these people.” What people? These people: The 14 who are running for five seats on the Olympia City Council. Of the five races, four have primary races involving three candidates. In each of the four, two will advance based on the August 3 primary election results. That’s a lot of candidates, and it is unusual for five seats to be up for grabs in a single year. The races are non-partisan and despite the fact that council candidates run for a position, all are elected “at-large,” meaning city residents may vote in…
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Olympia City Council Position 5 Candidates

Olympia City Council Position 5 Candidates

Heard around Olympia: “I don’t know anything about these people.” What people? These people: The 14 who are running for five seats on the Olympia City Council. Of the five races, four have primary races involving three candidates. In each of the four, two will advance based on the August 3 primary election results. That’s a lot of candidates, and it is unusual for five seats to be up for grabs in a single year. The races are non-partisan and despite the fact that council candidates run for a position, all are elected “at-large,” meaning city residents may vote in…
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Olympia City Council Position 4 Candidates

Olympia City Council Position 4 Candidates

Heard around Olympia: “I don’t know anything about these people.” What people? These people: The 14 who are running for five seats on the Olympia City Council. Of the five races, four have primary races involving three candidates. In each of the four, two will advance based on the August 3 primary election results. That’s a lot of candidates, and it is unusual for five seats to be up for grabs in a single year. The races are non-partisan and despite the fact that council candidates run for a position, all are elected “at-large,” meaning city residents may vote in…
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2021 Port of Olympia Commissioner District 3 Candidate Profiles

2021 Port of Olympia Commissioner District 3 Candidate Profiles

Editor's Note: Commissioner District 3 is the largest of the three commissioner districts, but that's due to the fact that Capitol Forest takes up about half of it. It's on the west end of Thurston County and includes the cities of Tumwater and Bucoda, a sliver of Tenino, the western half of Olympia, and a bit of the Chehalis Indian Reservation in the southwest corner. The Port of Olympia, a sprawling public enterprise that’s been besieged by controversy and is millions of dollars in debt, will have two new commissioners in 2022. The decision by Commissioner E.J. Zita (Port District…
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2021 Port of Olympia Commissioner  District 2 Candidates

2021 Port of Olympia Commissioner District 2 Candidates

Editor's Note: District 2 is the easternmost commissioner district in Thurston County. Its eastern border follows the meandering Nisqually River. District 2 includes much of Lacey including the Jubilee and Hawk's Prairie areas and includes parts of the Nisqually Indian Reservation and Joint Base Lewis McChord and the cities of Rainier and Yelm. The Port of Olympia, a sprawling public enterprise that’s been besieged by controversy and is millions of dollars in debt, will have two new commissioners in 2022. The decision by Commissioner E.J. Zita (Port District 3) to not seek re-election had been expected. Commissioner Bill McGregor’s (Port…
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City of Olympia to Host Cooling Center During Heatwave

City of Olympia to Host Cooling Center During Heatwave

This weekend is going to be hot hot hot! Together with Thurston County, the City of Olympia, and Partners in Prevention Education, Interfaith Works is hosting a cooling center Saturday, Sunday and Monday from noon to 6 p.m. at the Old Fire City Hall 108 State Ave. in downtown Olympia.  Please check the InterFaith website for more information about volunteering, donating, and details: https://www.iwshelter.org/code-red.html Donations are needed Bottled water, other cold treats for immediate distribution (no freezer unfortunately), cup o' soups, granola bars, tea, coffee, decaf coffee, creamer, sugar, pastries, sandwiches, fruit, cereal, milk, etc.  Individually packaged sunscreen packets, individual aloe…
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Olympia Equity and Justice Commission Begins Work

Olympia Equity and Justice Commission Begins Work

Quick. Answer this question: What can the city of Olympia start, stop and continue doing in order to be an inclusive, equitable place for all community members to live, work and thrive? The answer is, there’s no quick answer. But there are dozens of opinions. “Racial justice work is unlike anything we have ever done as a City organization,” Olivia de Breaux, the city’s equity and inclusion coordinator said in a recent blog post on the city’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion webpage. She did not respond to The Tribune’s request for an interview. “We took on this task understanding and feeling…
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Oly Council Races Locked In & On-Track for Record $$$

Oly Council Races Locked In & On-Track for Record $$$

The field is set... And the campaign contributions are flowing. Fourteen people, including four incumbents, are diving into Olympia’s 2021 political arena, seeking election to a City Council that continues to wrestle with the incredibly thorny issues of police reform; public safety; incorporating equity and diversity and inclusion into how the city does its daily business; homelessness and housing; and pandemic-related difficulties experienced by small businesses and their employees, workers at a high risk due to COVID 19, landlords and renters, and others.  Council members are elected to four-year terms, unless they are filling the remainder of a term for…
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