Quote of the Week:
“We have an obligation to our children and to generations to come to do all we can to restore, advance, and protect our aspiration to truly have a system that is by, for, and of all of the people of this country.”
--David Rothkoph, The Daily Beast
Who Is Moving to the General Election?
Who is moving to the general election? That would be all of our endorsed candidates.
Although the results are not yet final, here are the two candidates per district who will be moving forward to the general election.
In the general election you will have the opportunity to vote for two open County Commission seats, one from each district.
Vivian Eason for Thurston County Commissioner 58%
Wayne Fournier for Thurston County Commissioner 42%
Emily Clouse for Thurston County Commissioner 45%
Terry Ballard for Thurston County Commissioner 22%
In the general election you will have the opportunity to vote for three open Port Commission seats, one from each district.
Jasmine Vasavada for Port Commissioner 55%
Bill McGregor for Port Commissioner 38%
Rose Gunderson for Port Commissioner 33%
Maggie Sanders for Port Commissioner 24%
Sarah Tonge for Port Commissioner 47%
Troy Kirby for Port Commissioner 37%
Thurston County Needs Your Input
Take a few minutes to tell Thurston County what is important to you! Thurston County! Survey began on 7/10/2023.
Now is your opportunity to list all the things that are important to you such as: Trees, Climate, Transportation and Housing.
Some Suggested answers for for 3 main questions:
Is something currently missing from your local community?
Closer connection/understanding between local tribes and other county residents. Walkable cities. Solar canopy over parking lots.
What are the biggest challenges you face now or expect to face over the next decade?
What does your ideal Thurston County look like 20 years from now? What services, spaces and opportunities will it have?
Affordable housing close to transit. Tracts of preserved legacy forest land and long term agriculture. Walkable cities. A thriving local farm economy. Focus on local businesses rather than industry from elsewhere seeking I-5 access.
Action: Take this brief survey: HERE
Stop MAGA Voter Suppression Plans
MAGA Republicans have laid out a strategy for achieving voter suppression on a state level in places like Idaho, Arkansas, and Florida, and now they’re trying to take disenfranchisement national. Rather than shifting their policy goals to match up with the will of the American people, MAGA Republicans’ guiding principle right now is, “if you can’t win, cheat!”
But Democrats are on the offensive. Congressional Democrats have re-introduced the Freedom to Vote Act, which would do the exact opposite of the Big Lie Bill -- expand access to the ballot box while shrinking the influence of corporations in our elections. Here’s a handy graphic laying out the differences:
Republicans have been working to rig voting laws across the country for decades, we cannot allow them to steal more elections.
Action: Share this graphic. We can’t allow Republicans to control the narrative about elections. They are attempting to sow as much disinformation as possible to hold power. We have to make sure people know exactly what they are doing, and it starts with spreading the word. Use the link above to share on Twitter, and then share on Facebook, share on Instagram, and share on Threads too! The more eyes, the better.
Tell The EPA to Finalize Strong Power Plant Pollution Standards
For too long, fossil-burning power plants have had a free pass to pollute. Coal and gas-fired power plants are responsible for more than 30% of U.S. carbon pollution, and they also emit other pollutants that harm our air, water, and health. And yet, there are almost no limits on the amount of climate-warming pollution these plants emit. You can help change that.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has taken a much-needed step to rein in climate pollution by proposing limits on carbon emissions for power plants. You can play a pivotal role and send your comment urging EPA to adopt the strongest possible emissions standards and community protections.
The EPA’s proposed carbon pollution rules are an important step forward — but we need to make sure the agency commits to holding the fossil fuel industry accountable.
Action: Tell the EPA to finalize the strongest possible standards and deepen its commitment to protecting communities.
Campaigns, Get Active:
Wayne Fornier for Thurston County Commissioner
General Election Kickoff:
Jasmine Vasavada for Port of Olympia Commissioner
Have You Scheduled This Event?
Olympia Indivisible’s Garden Picnic