What do you want for Lacey?

Over the next 20 years, most population growth in Thurston County will occur in Lacey. What we do now in our town will determine the development trajectory for decades to come, whether that is industrial, agricultural, or community-oriented. I believe that a community-oriented, sustainability-driven growth plan will allow Lacey to be a leader in the transition to the next phase of global development.

Citizens pay taxes with the expectation that they will receive something in return. Government answers to the people. Taxpayer dollars should not be used to pay for lawyers to fight the will of the people. Rather, government owes it to citizens to see that we receive the services we require, whether that is education or accessibility or utilities. Further, these services should be available to all, advancing equality by giving everyone equal access to the things they need.

One vital part of this with long-term benefits is creating spaces for our youth. Our youth need places to form the relationships that bring them into the community. They also need access to jobs and education. If we want our children to have better lives than we did, we need to give them opportunities. When we give people the right opportunities, they can go on to change the world around them.

We stand at a crossroads in Lacey development. Do we want to use our land for industry and build according to convention, or do we want to build for community, environment, and economy? I believe that Lacey can move to 100% renewable energy by 2025 while sustaining a thriving local economy and bringing its citizens together, so we know our neighbors as we do our Facebook friends.

This is what I stand for. Will you stand with me?