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Olympia Shatters Campaign Cash Record; $370k and Counting

Olympia Shatters Campaign Cash Record; $370k and Counting

The 10 candidates vying for five Olympia City Council seats in this November’s general election have raised an eye-popping total of $329,670 they hope will carry them into office. Add in the bucks raised by the four who lost primary elections, and the grand total is just a bit more than $370,973 so far. The previous record was $176,659 in 2009 when four seats were up. The most expensive race to date and likely the most closely watched is between incumbent Jim Cooper and political newcomer Spence Weigand. Between the two of them, they’ve raised $117,819 and spent $81,652. Weigand…
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Snaza Seeks Re-Election Despite Troubles

Snaza Seeks Re-Election Despite Troubles

Sheriff John Snaza In the past year, he’s faced an unsuccessful recall effort for declining to make his employees wear masks and subsequently presided over four COVID-19 outbreaks at the Thurston County Jail (testing positive himself in January), and questioned law enforcement reforms enacted by the Legislature. He allows department patrol vehicles to sport thin blue line stickers in their rear windshields, a practice that has been banned by some law enforcement agencies. The office he leads is part of a law enforcement region that refused to respond to a state Attorney General’s request for information on how, in three…
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“It’s unbelievable”

“It’s unbelievable”

In late October seven years ago, a knot of very nervous people huddled in the basement of a downtown Olympia church, literally watching the paint dry on a new kind of overnight shelter for the community’s most vulnerable people.  Rooted in empowering the people it would support and committed to respecting their dignity and educating the community regarding its most vulnerable and marginalized folks, The People’s House, now with a new name – the Interfaith Works Downtown Emergency Shelter – was ready for its first guests after months of often contentious community discourse regarding not only the shelter, but the…
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Olympia Interim Police Chief Retires

Olympia Interim Police Chief Retires

Less than 24 hours after he updated the community on another open, armed conflict that raged through downtown Olympia and ended in a shooting before police took any action to de-escalate it, the city of Olympia announced interim Police Chief Aaron Jelcick is retiring effective September 30.  And apparently as reassurance to a community rattled by more than a year of sporadic, largely unchecked violence near the state Capitol Campus and downtown, Jelcick said police are engaged in planning for another possible confrontation on September 18, when members of a group involved in Saturday’s rampage – the Portland-based Proud Boys…
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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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