I am excited to announce my campaign to retain my seat on the Olympia City Council!

It has been an honor to serve the people of Olympia for the last three and a half years. During that time, I’ve worked to fulfill my promise to address housing and homelessness, maintain our public green spaces, and ensure we have safe and walkable neighborhoods for all Olympians to enjoy.

I’m committed to building an Olympia that is inclusive and equitable for all. From organizing home care workers, to empowering at-risk youth, to assisting struggling families in Thurston County, I have experience building broad coalitions to improve the lives of people in our community. I have spent my career advocating for our most vulnerable community members. Serving as a legislative assistant, leading the campaign to pass the Home Fund, and passing the Sanctuary City Resolution have all reinforced my commitment to making sure no one is left out or left behind.

I grew up in the Pacific Northwest, am a first-generation college graduate, and the daughter of working family parents. As a young person I grew up watching my single mom work to provide for us. This experience helped shape my perspective and understanding of equity, the value of our shared resources, and the need for a robust social safety net.

I am a proud graduate of the Evergreen State College where I earned my Graduate Degree in Public Administration & Undergraduate Degree in Environmental Studies. I have over 10 years of experience working in the public and nonprofit sector in community development, health and human services, and health policy. Before serving on Council, I served on the Olympia Planning Commission and on the board of GRuB for over two years. I am a former WFSE 443 member, worked as an organizer for SEIU 775, and legislative assistant to former Rep. Chris Reykdal.

In addition to serving on the City Council, I work as a policy analyst for the Association for Community Health. As a policy analyst for community health centers, I work to increase access to quality health care for all patients in Washington, regardless of their income or ability to pay.

I have called Olympia home for over a decade and am deeply connected to our community. I own a home in the eastside neighborhood, am the human to Moxie the Husky, and work downtown.

I look forward to hearing more from you, and I hope to earn your vote.

Jessica

 

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