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Thurston County City of Olympia City Council , Position No. 2

The City Council is the legislative body for the City. The Council adopts local laws (ordinances) to secure the safety and assist the well-being of the city residents, the city's physical environment and amenities, and the city economy. The Council is responsible for approving financial expenditures and adopting the city budget as well as establishing policies and regulations in order to guide the city's future. The elected mayor serves as chief administrative officer for the city.

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    Jessica Bateman
    (NP)

  • Phyllis Booth
    (NP)

Biographical Information

What experiences have you had that qualify you for this position?

How would you describe your vision for your city?

What are the obstacles in the path of achieving your vision?

How do you view the future viability of the LOTT plant due to earthquake hazard and projected sea level rise?

How do you propose to mitigate conflict over zoning codes, water supply and other issues?

How do you think Olympia could best respond to homelessness and affordable housing?

How do you think Olympia should approach legal and illegal immigration issues?

Phone (360) 939-1560
Email reelectjessicabateman@gmail.com
Town where you live Olympia
I’m a first-generation college graduate, and I hold a Master’s in Public Administration and a B.A. in Environmental Studies from the Evergreen State College. I have over a decade of policy experience working with diverse stakeholders in our community. Prior to serving on the Olympia City Council I served on the board of GRuB and the Olympia Planning Commission for over two years. I am adept at critical thinking, pragmatic, and collaborative when creating policy solutions. I have strong interpersonal communication skills and work well with individuals that have differing perspectives. I have called Olympia home for over a decade, live on the east side with my dog Moxie, and work downtown.
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’m committed to working to address homelessness, revitalizing downtown, and addressing climate change and the environment. We have made significant investments in shelter and homeless services, but we need to do more – and Olympia can’t do it alone. I will work to organize support from our neighboring communities to address this crisis. I'll continue to work with other local elected leaders to advocate for support from the state government and craft solutions to this statewide problem. In my role on city council, I will seek solutions to address homelessness & building broader coalitions as a priority. I will also work to increase renter protections, convert vacant City land into permanently affordable housing, and urge the Thurston County Housing Authority to increase its supply of affordable housing.
I’m proud to live in a community whose citizens are so committed to protecting our climate, our green spaces, and our region’s natural beauty. Olympia has set ambitious emissions reduction targets with the support of neighboring cities in Thurston County, and we are currently developing strategies to meet these goals. We must create an actionable plan to reduce our carbon emissions and transition to becoming carbon neutral.

Even with significant carbon emission reductions, however, scientists anticipate that sea levels will continue to rise, so it’s essential that we plan now. Downtown Olympia is vulnerable to flooding, and we must do everything possible to protect our critical infrastructure and downtown businesses from sea level rise while also working to reduce our city’s carbon emissions. The City must work with Lacey, Tumwater, Thurston County, the Port of Olympia, and LOTT to manage our response to rising sea levels. We also participate in state and federal disaster response.
Land use, zoning, building codes and design are integral to achieving our environmental goals. We must promote environmentally sustainable land use to minimize sprawl, provide a healthy livable environment for all, and minimize the use of our resources. In order to reduce our climate impact, we must make our buildings more energy efficient and utilize alternative non carbon energy sources. We must also change the way people travel, reducing vehicle miles traveled and increasing multimodal transportation. Mass transit is predicated on land use and density. For alternative transportation to be successful, we must have the density to support it.

In Olympia we need to increase density downtown, along our corridors, in our neighborhood centers while increasing infill throughout the community. In addition to building energy efficiency and alternative transit options, density also supports people interacting with their neighbors and friends which is supportive of positive health outcomes.
The city has been actively pursuing steps to address the homelessness crisis. By creating a tiny house village, designating a mitigation site, expanding access to shelter services, and partnering with the faith community, we’ve taken major steps to find housing for our most vulnerable neighbors, address the public health costs of widespread homelessness, and assist downtown businesses. I was proud to lead the effort to pass the Home Fund, a campaign to provide permanent supportive housing and services for chronically houseless individuals. Despite this progress, we need to do more – and Olympia can’t do it alone. As your councilmember, I will work to organize support from our neighboring communities to address this crisis. I'll continue to work with other local elected leaders to advocate for support from the state government and craft solutions to this statewide problem. In my role on city council, I will seek sustainable solutions to address homelessness.
I was proud to sponsor Olympia's Sanctuary City resolution ensuring that all community members are safe & welcome, and receive City services regardless of their immigration status. Our community has cultivated support for strengthening sanctuary to provide other cities with template immigration policies and has worked with the ACLU to make sure our policies are sound and just.
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