Olympia Indivisible has endorsed four more candidate for the 2018 elections
State Senator Legislative District 35: Irene Bowling (D)
State Representative Legislative District 35 Position 1: James Thomas (D)
State Representative Legislative District 35 Position 2: David Daggett (D)
Thurston Public Utility District - Commissioner District 1: Andrew Saturn (NP)
Please get out and support these candidates - Primary voting ends August 7.
OI endorsed candidates can be found here: https://www.olympiaindivisible.com/endorsements.html
On July 17th, Olympia Indivisible met with Denny Heck's staffers to go over our priorities—family reunification, support for Maxine Waters, a return to civility, migrant issues, and support for affordable healthcare, among others—and to check in on the representative’s actions in office toward advancing these priorities. We wanted this meeting to be different from past meetings. We wanted to have more in depth dialogue with the staffers, as opposed to just talking “at” them about the issues we’re passionate about. The staffers expressed Representative Heck’s support for many of our priorities and cited his recent legislative record. They also stressed the frustration of their position—how many constituents don’t understand the ins and outs of congressional gridlock, but still expect their representatives to deliver on their demands. Because of this, they did not express any concrete commitments from Representative Heck, but they seemed very receptive to what we had to say, taking notes and jotting down new details we had to give them. Additionally, they provided feedback from our immediate past visit. They noted that the Congressman often refers to Olympia Indivisible in his meetings with other representatives, and that Olympia Indivisible is regarded as one of the most active Indivisible chapters in the nation. We are optimistic about Representative Heck’s allegiance to our priorities and his willingness to hear what his constituents have to say. His staffers were very gracious and definitely willing to engage in dialogue with us. We’ll still be watching Representative Heck’s voting record to make sure he is dedicated to advancing the cause of Progressive values, even when congressional gridlock makes things difficult.
~ McKenzie Murray, OHS Grad & UW Undergraduate
Those in attendance from Rep. Heck's office: Phil Gardner, Dallas Roberts
Representatives of OI attending: Carolyn Barclift, Jen Merrill, Joni Brill, Ruth Shearer (GRI), Gracie Anderson, McKenzie Murray
In Thurston County, turnout for local elections is depressingly and not-uncommonly low. In the last primary in August, Thurston County turnout was only just over 22 percent. That's bad.
Ballot parties, especially in vote by mail states, can be the most effective tool to boosting local election turnout. They are also a fun excuse for a party and an ideal way to make sure everyone knows what the heck they’re voting for. Even if you and your friends don’t agree, at least an informed decision is being made.
What you need: Ballot, Pens, Voter Pamphlets
What you do: Leverage the collective intelligence of those around you by holding discussions while you fill out your ballot.
Please attend the Olympia Indivisible Ballot Party, or host your own!
Thursday, July 26 at 6:30 PM - 8 PM at Octapas Cafe, 414 E 4th Ave, Olympia.
Plan to purchase your own food or drink.
RSVP to Madeline Bishop, firstname.lastname@example.org
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
About Olympia Indivisible: Olympia Indivisible (OI), founded on January 3, 2017, is a Washington chapter of the national Indivisible movement. We are a 100 percent volunteer grassroots community group in Congressional District 10. Our members volunteer to:
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).