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Online Primary Voters' Pamphlet, August 6, 2013
City of Olympia - City Council, Position No. 5

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.
Julie Hankins Julie Hankins for Olympia City Council, 120 State Ave NE PMB 116, Olympia, WA 98501,
(360) 786-9561,,
Julie Hankins

Long before joining the city council, I volunteered in Olympia. As president of my neighborhood association, I organized neighbors to prevent overdevelopment along the Woodland Trail and worked to improve city code enforcement. I was named Community Volunteer of the Year at Olympia High School.

As a councilmember, I helped pass the public safety levy to restore the downtown walking patrol. To help people in need, I supported Rosie’s Place, the Smith Building for homeless families, and Camp Quixote.

Olympia needs a sustainable budget that maintains core services, catches up with neglected street and park maintenance, and makes smart investments to promote small businesses. Downtown, I will continue work to clean up derelict buildings and create welcoming places. In every neighborhood, I will invite residents to help plan future development together.

Most importantly, I will improve opportunities for the public to participate in city decisions. I would appreciate your vote.

Mike Volz 416 Division St NW, Olympia, WA 98502, (360) 870-1949,
Mike Volz

Olympia needs responsible leadership to clean up our downtown, protect our neighborhoods and safeguard essential services. With your support, I will provide that leadership on the council.

My wife and I have lived in Olympia for over 20 years. We want to protect our community’s quality of life so that our two children will want to stay here. As a longtime downtown business owner I understand how important a vibrant business district is to Olympia’s wellbeing and I’ll use my know-how to work for a thriving and welcoming city center.

I’ll also make our neighborhoods safer by cracking down on graffiti, break-ins and speeders. I’ll treat your tax dollars as carefully as I would treat my own; by ending unnecessary spending and giveaways of city property. Instead, focusing precious resources on our roads, fire service, environment cleanup and other essential services.

Thank you for your vote.

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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