Contributors

Dontae Payne

Hello! My name is Dontae Payne. I was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and my husband and I moved to the Olympia-area in 2014. We are the proud parents of a beautiful 4-year-old girl and two dogs. I currently serve as the South Sound & Olympic Peninsula Regional Representative in the Office of the Governor. (The opinions here are my own and do not represent the positions of my employer). I also served as treasurer of the Thurston County Young Democrats for the 2019-2020 year. I earned a Master of Public Administration and a Bachelor of Arts from The…
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Tracey Carlos

My name is Tracey Carlos and I am an activist, photographer, and state employee.  Recently I started the most recent iteration of a LGBTQ+ Democratic caucus for Thurston county.  Until COVID-19 I would go out to all the local protests and rallies to take photographs.  Now my focus is on Olympia city politics as well as being a national delegate for Vice President Joe Biden. I grew up in Yorktown Heights, NY, most recently famous for being the town where Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez went to high school.  It was a very different place when I lived there as I was one of four…
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