Molly Carmody, City Council candidate
Photo courtesy: Carmody for Council
Molly Carmody is a Yelm City Council Position 2 candidate.
The following is her statement in her own words:
“Yelm is the fastest growing city in Thurston County, and we desperately need to learn to manage our infrastructure. Yelm could become a destination town or a comfortable bedroom community to our larger neighbors, but unfortunately, we are on the path to becoming one long road littered with derelict buildings, national chain stores, and unrented commercial space.
Yelm must encourage infill development with affordable mixed-used housing and retail/office/civic space, so that we have a more walkable, integrated city with an inviting city core. We should encourage sustainable measures in building, transportation, and daily living to ensure a healthy city for decades to come.
Yelm must attract locally-owned businesses and support them during growth, must promote tourism, and must also be more ‘business-friendly’; we should encourage businesses, so that store fronts are full, jobs are created, and money earned here is spent here. Keeping money local is crucial to healthy cities; if big chains and box stores siphon our money away, eventually our tax base and independence will erode.
I’m a veteran of Operations Iraqi Freedom, Noble Eagle, and Enduring Freedom. I’ve studied urban planning and sustainable design. I manage The Crowe Law Office, and own residential and commercial property here. I serve on the Yelm Planning Commission, Yelm Business Association, and Yelm Real Estate Network. I am looking forward to helping to make Yelm a vibrant, healthy city.”