WHERE: Tumwater Falls Park (110 Deschutes Parkway SW, Tumwater, WA 98501)
WHEN: Monday, July 23, 2018, 5-7pm
First, a bit of background: Karen Fraser has been a lifelong public servant. She served at least two terms as a Thurston County Commissioner followed by two or three terms as State Representative for LD22 and several terms as State Senator for LD22. She gave up her senate seat to run for Lt. Governor in the 2016 election and, although she lost, she continues to support progressive Democrats as evidenced by her decision to hold the picnic as a venue for candidates despite the fact that she is no longer a candidate herself. I've known Karen for nearly 50 years and consider her a personal friend. My wife Annie also worked on the County Commission staff during Karen's term as Commissioner back in the late 1980s and we continue maintain a close relationship. With Karen, the warm caring person who you see is also the warm caring person who you get: she is the genuine article.
The picnic itself features an idyllic location with lots of room and free parking, plenty of shade and clean bathrooms, great food, plenty of beer, wine, soft drinks and entertainment provided by local musicians. Best of all, it provides opportunities to meet and greet candidates for local and state offices, ask questions, make donations, pick up yard signs and/or other campaign materials, and sign up to volunteer for those candidates who you find worthy of your support. It is one of the best ways, in a relaxed atmosphere, to get an overview of local Democratic candidates, to assess their qualifications and to gain insight into their vision.
Written by Dusty Rhodes
June 13, 2018
Olympia, WA—Olympia Indivisible (OI) has endorsed progressive primary candidates in federal, state, and county races. OI will now coordinate support and volunteers for campaigns of endorsed candidates. The following candidates received two thirds or more votes from OI members.
Maria Cantwell - Senate
Denny Heck - Congressional District 10 Representative
Anneliese Feld - Representative District 2 Position 1
Brennan Bailey - Representative District 20 Position 2
Laurie Dolan - Representative District 22 Position 1
Beth Doglio - Representative District 22 Position 2
Steven Gonzalez - Supreme Court Justice Position 8
Mary Hall - Auditor
Tye Menser - Commissioner
No endorsement for Prosecutor
Olympia Indivisible is also providing a valuable resource to progressive primary voters. As election season continues, OI will post information about candidates and initiatives on its public-facing website as a voting guide.
Olympia Indivisible (OI) is a 600-members-strong grassroots advocacy group. OI's commitment to transparency and democratic process sets it apart. OI:
“Never has it been more essential for citizens to actively participate in defense of our nation’s democracy and its democratic institutions,” said OI Co-Founder Lisa Ornstein. She noted that almost a quarter of the OI members voted in the group's first endorsement process. After the primaries, OI may vote on an endorsement for candidates who move on to the general election.
ContactLisa Ornstein, Olympia Indivisible Co-Founder, Olympia.Indivisible@gmail.com, 503-236-8277
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Visit our website to learn more about Olympia Indivisible, become a member, and find opportunities to volunteer. Follow us on Facebook (@OlympiaIndivisible) and Twitter (@OlyIndivisible).
I am going to admit that in years past I paid little attention to some local elections races. For instances the candidates for court judge positions got a cursory look at the voters pamphlet. And if there was no contender for a position, did not even bother to vote. Well, as a member of the endorsements team for Olympia Indivisible, did some in-depth research. Wow, there is a lot to learn and a lot to consider.
Gathering signatures for progressive initiatives is one way to effect change in Washington State. We can bypass a reluctant state legislature by the initiative process.
Since I do not have unlimited time and energy, I collect signatures as the opportunity arises and commit to filling only one or 2 pages of a petition.
First, I ask my friends and acquaintances to sign and I always carry the initiatives in my car. Second, I ask people at meetings I attend and lastly, I attend a rally or event where there will be people.
My experience has been mostly very positive when gathering signatures. When someone disagrees with the initiative, I respect their rights and move on. No one has been hostile towards me, not even NRA supporters that were waiting in line at a Legislature Hearing. De-escalate violence initiative 940 was my first try . I now gather for I-1600 Healthcare for All Washingtonians and I-1631 Jobs & Clean Energy. As soon as I-1639 Gun Safety is printed, I will start collect for those signatures. Initiative Fact Sheets
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When Carla asked me if I would care to attend an OI session with our two US senators’ staffs in Tacoma I jumped at the chance. It meant that I would be able to postpone a dental appointment I had for that day. I hate going to the dentist.