I will focus on equitable economic recovery
The housing and economic emergencies transcend all crises. With a balanced approach, we will:
- Focus on incentivizing construction of all types of housing units.
- Create more permanent supportive housing units to meet the needs of our most vulnerable neighbors.
- Ensure the viability of small businesses and arts organizations.
- Invest in working families.
I am committed to continuing to enact equitable policies in Olympia to ensure that we all experience shared prosperity. I will vigorously work in support of a balanced approach to development, implementing our landmark climate plan, and reforming our criminal justice system.
Comparing Olympia’s current status with other local communities clearly shows that we are doing better than most. I am incredibly proud Olympia residents have taken proactive steps to address the crises that hit our community in recent years. I am proud to have helped lead that movement.
The emergencies we face are truly unprecedented. I am confident we will continue to keep our community moving forward. It will take all of us working together to create a just path forward.
Jim is committed to transparency and ensuring your proven values
I’m learning a lot about equity and I deeply appreciate the community for joining me in this journey. This has been a dynamic year of learning for most of us. Our job now is to place equity front and center in all decisions we make to ensure a healthy, vibrant community for everyone.
There are many reasons why some people do not have adequate shelter. We must meet people where they are with avenues to secure housing, especially the most vulnerable. Our experiences show when people are housed, they are able to pursue solutions to life’s challenging circumstances.
Housing and childcare are the greatest costs for Olympia families. We can help families by providing incentives to build affordable housing, create living wage jobs, raise minimum wage, and support the success of small businesses.
Reforming our criminal justice system is one of my top priorities. Our criminal justice system must become more equitable. We are hosting community conversations focused on eliminating racism which will result in a social justice and equity commission. These important efforts will yield changes to the way we work and do business in Olympia. I am dedicated to the implementation of the recommendations resulting from these conversations.