77% do not feel safe downtown at night and 70% support increased law enforcement presence

On June 12, 2021 the city of Olympia released the results of their yearly community survey which is designed to inform budget and policy priorities for the coming year.

The top issues are homelessness (84%)…


Reaction to the Antifa shooting of a Proud Boy in Olympia, WA

by Candace Mercer Olympia City Council Candidate

I was one of Antifa’s targets today. They were coming for me. …


Progressives must face the inconvenient truth that their policies are failing their communities and the people in the camps

by Candace Mercer Olympia City Council Candidate

In order to address overwhelming numbers of tent and RV encampments in the Pacific Northwest, we have to be intellectually honest and stop calling…


These are the candidates I am supporting and why they deserve your vote. Includes Lacey and Tumwater too!

by Candace Mercer Olympic City Council Candidate

This is a turning point election for Olympia City Council and the stakes could not be higher. Five seats are open which means a chance…


My story of exclusion at the hands of “cis het white males.”

Many of you are salivating to read this, eager for blood, and many others are cringing, fearing what I am about to say. I am presenting an unusual perspective, with some twists you may not see coming.

In…


A New Year’s Resolution and meditation on why danger is important to art

I just saw the first time Sympathy for the Devil was played live. I highly suggest you stop NOW and watch the video below before reading my essay so you can experience it’s purity and danger before…


I will not live in a closet for any reason.

I voted Republican almost a straight ticket for the first time in my life.

I am a progressive artist/writer/activist with an impressive 25+ year record of fighting the good fight on a plethora of issues including abortion clinic escort, rape…


Nice look comrades, some real solidarity there, you are both fine examples of socialists and a credit to your movement. I can tell by how well you treat the disabled.

I cannot work but that does not mean I do not contribute. In fact, I have lately been covering homelessness…


Thurston County faces challenges to homeless response during the COVID-19 crisis

Scene in downtown Olympia, March 2020. Image courtesy Jacob Stapp.

In a surprise move, Colin De Forrest, the City of Olympia’s Homeless Response Coordinator resigned as of April 12, 2020. City officials say that DeForrest wanted to work closer to his family, avoiding daily commutes from Puyallup. …


The activist group Just Housing, who advocates for what is called Shelter-in-Place as the most cost effective solution to homelessness, may be asking the city for a half million dollars to support unsanctioned homeless camps in Olympia. Shelter-in-Place advocates that the least traumatizing approach to “informal settlements” is to allow…

Candace Mercer

I am an autodidact nonpartisan freethinking board gamer from Olympia, WA. I am currently running for Olympia City Council. OlympiaFTW2021. #decencyFTW

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