Campaign theatrics are too much
I experienced deliciously mingled horror and excitement when I read the recent Olympian article about brutally treated campaign signs and the unseemly activities of the candidates for the office of mayor of Lacey. I could hardly sit still on the couch! I felt like leaping up and making buttery popcorn and grabbing the remote, I was so completely thrilled and eager for the next episode.
What?! No way! The mayor of Lacey and his only contender are reduced to kicking each other’s campaign signs over? What is this: Immature Public Candidates Reality Television Part I?
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Change the channel, please.
You know what? If I ever go drive up and kick my opponent’s signs over, I’ll hopefully be smart enough to notice the lurking code enforcement office there in his pickup truck before I do this. And you know what else? I hopefully also won’t be such a well-coiffed and hair-sprayed Olympia Master Builder sock puppet – and we know who I mean here – that a simple citizen of Lacey feels compelled to drive up and kick over my campaign signs, either. What do those signs cost, anyway?
Ahhh, who cares.
I just want the Lacey-Racey to be over with, before the Hollywood cameras and paparazzi descend to disturb my peace even more.
Look, Laceyites. You need to stand up and field a REAL candidate for your mayor. You know, one who actually cares about where we end up here in Thurston County.
It’s not just the waterfront views
In response to the recent Olympia City Council endorsements by The Olympian, a clear message was sent to those who don’t align with their opinions: We are “one-issue” voters. As someone frustrated with the decisions and process of current city leadership, to dismiss these feelings as something narrow-minded is disrespectful. I grew up in Olympia, I put my heart and soul to the betterment of our community every day, and I strive to be an informed voter. My frustration stems from something much deeper than waterfront views.
Subjective sidewalk and noise ordinances have made little difference to the quality of our downtown. We face an operating budget that shrinks every year, yet our council advocated for a new fire station without regard to how it will be sustained. Downtown housing is indeed needed, yet our council prioritizes energy on an area where there is significant opposition and with a developer whose track record of following though on environmental commitments is lacking.
I am exhausted of leadership that further polarizes differing views and contributes to an “us vs. them” culture. I’m looking for change. I’m looking for candidates who stand for an inclusive community and safe public process. I’m voting for Stephen Buxbaum, a candidate experienced with real public projects as well as meaningful community work – as evidenced by his efforts with the Dispute Resolution Center and in securing a permanent home for GRuB.