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Thurston County City of Yelm City Council , Position No. 1

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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    James Blair
    (NP)

  • Ej Curry
    (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 would you propose the council communicate with Yelm’s citizens?

What do you think is the Yelm Council’s role in dealing with issues surrounding the environment?

What do you consider the major issues facing your rural city?

Phone (253) 906-8052
Email electjamesblair@gmail.com
Town where you live Yelm, WA
Experience (300 characters max) I have worked in freight for about 10 years, and have added sales to my resume over the last two years. I became involved in politics in 2016 during the Presidential Election. I have volunteered for different campaigns since then, and began attended city council meetings to learn the process.
I've never held elected, or appointed, political office. In fact, I never really wanted to. However, I came to a point in 2016 where I felt unhappy with how Government was being operated. I wanted to see a change, and got involved. I volunteered on many different campaigns, began attending city council meetings, and learning everything I could about how government works. I believe firmly in my principles and understand the importance on compromise. Those two qualities, working together, are what we need in our elected leaders.
I am not running for power, or to dictate to anyone how they should live their life. My vision for our City is a place where people are free to live their lives and run their business with as little interference from City Hall as possible. I want to see our community to continue to come together in many ways, and find solutions to issues that do not always rely on government. Yelm is an amazing place to live, with the most welcoming and generous people I've ever had the pleasure of calling neighbors. Let's keep it that way.
Getting elected is the first obstacle. Then finding common ground with 6 other councilmembers, and working with the community, to make the best decisions. There are many people who will use government to force their will on to others, I want to be a voice against that trend.
Social media is how the vast majority of people communicate in modern times. City Hall has started yo embrace this, but let's keep improving. In today's world, it should be incredibly easy for ANYONE to know what is going on at City Hall.
We should do our best to preserve this beautiful place we all get to call home. I believe offering some sort of incentive for eliminating the use of single-use plastics could be a fantastic start. I do not support a ban, but instead favor offering options that will reach the same conclusion.
Water - We need to secure water rights for the people of Yelm. I will not claim to have the answers on how we make this happen, but I will do all my research and rely on experts on the topic to find how.

Infrastructure - As population continues to grow, we need to make sure our infrastructure keeps up. We must ensure our water system can handle the load. We need our roads to be able to handle increased capacity. We NEED another bridge over the Nisqually. When events happen on Interstate 5, as we all know, Yelm becomes a standstill. This creates unnecessary vehicle emissions, creates a logistical nightmare for emergency services, and increased instances of road rage and reckless driving to avoid the backups.

Housing/homelessness - Housing prices continue to soar, and will until supply can meet demand. Zoning restrictions play a part in this. Homelessness is a complex issue, but we MUST get ahead of it before we see the crisis happening in larger cities. Accountability and compassion.
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