In the town of Tumwater, voters have the opportunity to vote for a truly progressive candidate in the general election: Kyle Taylor Lucas, running to retain her seat on the Tumwater City Council Position # 6.
It’s essential that First Peoples are included in governing bodies of the communities where they live. Lucas is the only Native American or woman of color serving on any governing body in Thurston County. Lucas is a member of the Tulalip Tribe and her mother’s people are of the Nlaka’Pamux Nation of British Columbia.
Inclusion is key to a healthy council. Lucas brings a needed voice and perspective, advocating to ensure everyone—including those on the margins—is included in decisions affecting them.
We in the activist community have seen Lucas work tirelessly tying needs of the environment and those disenfranchised to policy and development. We remember when she worked for days without sleep to ensure we were cared for physically and emotionally while doing legal support in the trenches of local war resistance. Then, during the Chehalis River Flood of 2007, she immediately offered help and became the hub of volunteers and donations for Thurston County United Way.
After graduating from Evergreen, Lucas served as the Executive Director of the Governor’s Office of Indian Affairs, under Locke. Take a look at retainkyletaylorlucas.com to see the many boards and commissions Lucas has worked on towards greater human rights, justice and a healthy environment. Lucas was a volunteer firefighter and EMT before women did that in Mason County. We feel Lucas has worked harder than most people we’ve met in life, while sadly fighting severe examples of society’s racism, sexism and classism along the way. Kyle Taylor Lucas thrives in presenting her visions for a healthy and just community. Lucas is a friend of the activist community, and endorsed by strong progressives and democrats including Karen Fraser and county commissioners Karen Valenzuela and Sandra Romero. For a complete list of endorsements, including individual, union and environmental groups take a look at retainkyletaylorlucas.com/endorsements.
—Patty Imani and Kim Chaplin