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Cynthia and her husband have lived in Lacey for 44 years. They have two children and three grandchildren.

Cynthia worked at the Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Department of Natural Resources for over 27 years, ten of those years working as lead on the State Environmental Policy Act. She has a Master’s of Environmental Studies from The Evergreen State College. She was appointed to serve on the Thurston County Boundary Review Board in 2002 by former Governor Locke and then by former Governor Gregoire. Her term ended when she won election in 2009.

Proud Moments Over My Last Four Years on the Lacey City Council:

  • Encouraged the City to join Green Direct, a program offered by PSE that lets Lacey buy into a wind farm on the border of Thurston and Lewis Counties.

  • Encouraged implementation of Form-based Codes in our Woodland District. This is now in our ordinance and the results are starting to show: Increased activity with a new restaurant, businesses, a branch of South Puget Sound Community College, and in the near future, additional rental units, providing students and families an area where they can live, work, shop, study and play. This reduces traffic, encourages walking and taking the transit which is also in this area. All this is centered around Huntamer Park where Lacey has its music and entertainment during the spring, summer and fall months.

  • Approved the purchase by the City of a 16,000 square-foot building on Lacey Blvd. which will house our museum and provide lectures, and facilities for events. There will be a replica of our train station near the trail that was part of our early history. Our museum today has outgrown its ability to house all of our displays and historical artifacts.

  • Worked with the City of Olympia and Thurston County to put in a Bike Roundabout, called HUB Junction, which connects 2 of our 3 trail systems: Chehalis-Western and Woodland Trails.

  • Dedicated a reclaimed water storage and recharge facility at Woodland Creek Park to augment water flow into Woodland Creek.

  • Reduced our energy footprint in our City buildings by utilizing the State’s energy audit and funding program to implement upgrades -- not only saving the City money, but continuing with our carbon reduction plan.

  • Incorporated our Carbon Reduction Plan into our City’s Comprehensive Plan, so that our activities will have this layer of sustainability to review before actions are taken.

  • Persisted in passing and keeping the City’s plastic bag ban in place. This not only is good for the environment, but aesthetically it significantly reduces litter in our neighborhoods and businesses.

  • Cynthia continues to make sure grants will continue so that the City of Lacey will have matching grants to fund water and wastewater infrastructure projects, and she's lobbying to make sure municipal bond tax exemptions continue and to advocate for funding streams that will bring Lacey’s residents and businesses energy efficiency programs

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Committees:

   Present City-appointed Committees:

  • General Government and Public Safety (2010-present; Chair 2010 -2015)
  • Land Use (2010 – present), Chair from 2010-2013
  • Finance & Economic Development Committee, Chair (2015-present)

   Intergovernmental Committees:

  • Lott Clean Water Alliance (2010 – present, Vice President: Jan. 2012 – Feb. 2012) (President of Board (2012 – 2014, and 2017 – present)
  • Olympic Clean Air Agency (ORCAA) (2010 – Present; Vice Chair: 2016 – present)

    • ORCAA Finance Committee (2013 – present, Chair: 2015 – present)

  • Thurston Thrives (2016 – present)

    • Thurston Thrives Subcommittees:

      • Energy and Climate Change, (2016-present);

      • Environment (2016-present)

  • Thurston Regional Planning Council (TRPC)

    • LOTT Representative, (2010 – Present)

    • Puget Sound Regional Planning Council’s Growth Management Policy Board, TRPC representative (2015-present)

   State, National, and International Committees:

  • Association of Washington Cities, District 6, Board of Directors (2016-present)

  • Appointed by the National League of Cities (NLC) to Subcommittee: Energy, Environment and Natural Resources (EENR) (2012 – present); Vice Chair (2016-present)

  • Appointed by NLC to University Communities Council (2016-present)

  • Appointed by NLC to Subcommittee: Race, Equity and Leadershiip.

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Cynthia is Active in These Organizations:

  • Rotary Club of Lacey

  • North Thurston Education Foundation Board of Directors, Scholarships and Student Assistance Grants
  • TOGETHER! Board of Directors, (2011-2017)
  • Thurston Environmental Voters
  • WashPIRG
  • South Sound Reading Foundation
  • Lacey South Sound Chamber of Commerce
  • Thurston County League of Women Voters
  • Member of Black Hills Audubon Society; Cynthia is a former Conservation Co-chair
  • Olympia Poetry Network, a non-profit advocacy group since 1995. Cynthia is one of the founding members
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Awards and Accomplishments

  • AWC Certificate of Municipal Leadership (AWC is the Association of Washington Cities)
  • National League of Cities’ Completion of Training: Silver Certification

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