I've joined other Olympia Indivisible members twice to meet with Rep. Denny Heck's staff at his Lacey office. The OI group gets together an hour prior to the meeting to go over the list of topics to be discussed. Lucy Winter provides a draft list of topics (we can also add our own topics as well), which we review. The topics are divided into two major groups: 1) thanks for work that he's accomplished and 2) requests for future positions for him to take.
At Rep. Heck's office, his staff members, Phil Gardner and Dallas Roberts, are welcoming, respectful and engaged. They genuinely seem interested to hear our views, many of which they are very familiar with. In those situations where we bring a new topic to them, they are curious and offer to research and become familiar with them. Although we're there to deliver our thoughts with Denny, there's also plenty of back and forth conversation with Phil and Dallas, and I find myself leaving with more knowledge than when I arrived.
Meeting with Rep. Heck's staff leaves me feeling more empowered, and I encourage other Olympia Indivisible members to attend.
I have the sense that most of Rep. Heck's views generally align with those of OI, and because of that some people may feel that there's little need to influence him. But I see it differently - there's value in reminding him how "folks back home" feel. Our participation provides him with not only our views, but encouragement and support in what must be a challenging and sometimes lonely job.