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Online Primary Voters' Pamphlet, August 6, 2013
City of Olympia - City Council, Position No. 4

Types of City Government - There are two forms of city government in Thurston County: mayor-council and
council-manager. Under both forms of government the council is the city’s legislative and policy-making body. All council members are elected.

The council enacts all ordinances, resolutions, and policies consistent with state law for the safety and welfare of the city’s or town’s residents. Ordinances may include local tax measures authorized by statute. Traffic, fire protection, police, land use, municipal services, business, and other regulations are overseen by the council. The council controls the city’s finances through the budgeting and auditing processes and by exercising general oversight. The council also makes contracts, creates subordinate positions, prescribes duties, and fixes salaries. The mayor’s role depends upon the form of government in a particular city or town.

Mayor-Council: Bucoda, Rainier, Tenino, Tumwater, and Yelm.
In this form of government, the mayor is elected and is the city’s chief executive or administrative officer and the ceremonial head of the city. The mayor carries out the council’s policies, administers day-to-day city affairs, and with some limitations appoints, supervises, and discharges subordinate officers. The mayor presides over council meetings and has a veto power over ordinances.

Council-Manager: Lacey and Olympia.
In this form of government the council appoints a city manager as the chief administrative officer. The manager appoints and discharges all department heads and subordinate officers and is responsible to the council for the proper administration of all city affairs. The council may discharge the manager but may not interfere with or bypass the manager’s day-to-day administration of subordinates. A council member is selected by the council, or by an alternative election method, to act as chairman with the title of “mayor”. The mayor continues to be a full member of the council with all attendant rights, privileges, and immunities. The mayor also presides over council meetings and acts as the ceremonial head of the city. The mayor has no regular administrative powers but may be required to exercise certain powers in emergencies.

All city and town positions are nonpartisan.

  Only voters residing within the city limits of Olympia will vote on this position.
Statements are written by the candidates, who are solely responsible for the contents therein.
Darren Mills PO Box 2692, Olympia, WA 98507, (360) 280-6272,,
Darren Mills

I’m Darren Mills and I want to be your city councilmember.

In recent years, our community has experienced controversies that caused distrust between citizens and City Hall. The common factor was poor communication. This must change.

As a small business owner, I’ve experienced firsthand the struggles facing downtown. That’s why I volunteered with the PBIA (Parking & Business Improvement Area), where I helped create the Artesian Well mosaic and the new parklets, and advocated for the Downtown Ambassador program. This year the PBIA board appointed me as chair. In that role, I’ve worked to improve communication and collaboration between city officials, business owners, and all citizens who care about downtown.

As your councilmember, I will listen and give voice to your thoughts and concerns, as together we strengthen downtown, protect our neighborhoods, help people in need, and craft a sustainable city budget. I would be honored to have your vote.

Cheryl Selby 120 State Ave NE PMB 211, Olympia, WA 98501, (360) 754-3954,,
Cheryl Selby

We expect our city council to be practical, open minded, and collaborative. It’s important we elect people with a solid sense of community and record of achievement.

I’ve spent the last 19 years in Olympia raising my family, working to make our community safer, and supporting the cultural and recreational assets Olympia has to offer. I’ve worked to improve our public safety, volunteered to improve our community’s quality of life, and built a thriving retail business downtown.

As your Councilmember, I will make public safety a major focus, seek ways to keep our city environmentally resilient, and ensure the arts are part of our economic vitality. I’ll draw on my experience as a volunteer and success as a business woman to listen and build partnerships for the betterment of our city.

I’m energized, engaged and ready to serve on your city council! I appreciate your vote and continued support.

Ballots will begin arriving October 17, 2013. If you have not received your ballot by October 24,
contact our office immediately.

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