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Yelm Councilor Molly Carmody’s speech inspires swearing-in audience

Thurston County Auditor Mary Hall delivers the oath of office
to Yelm Councilors Molly Carmody and Joe DePinto,
as Rep. Denny Heck looks on. Photo credit: Daniel Crowe

Newly sworn-in Yelm City Councilor Molly Carmody was one of two newly-elected officials asked to speak at this ceremony on why she ran for office and what this means to her.
Carmody gave an inspiring speech that got the attention of everyone in the Hall, including Rep. Denny Heck (D-Olympia, 10th Congressional District), County Auditor Mary Hall, and State Sen. Karen Fraser (running for Lt. Gov in 2016), and this Blogger.

– Councilor Carmody’s Speech Excerpts:
I ran because over the years, Yelm has deteriorated into an oligarchy – run by a very few, very secretive elite.
Policy was often made behind closed doors and the results weren’t always good for the people.
The citizens have been pushed out of the governmental process and no longer live in a true democracy.
When only 30% of eligible voters cast a ballot, we are in danger of losing the very foundation of equality and democracy that we so cherish in this country.

In order to bring back equality and democracy to Yelm, to Thurston County, to Washington, and to the nation, we need to redefine democratic equality into three main principles.
The first is that we are not a collection of individuals.
By its very definition, individualism divides and separates people from their society. Rather, we should consider ourselves to be diverse, singular citizens.

Secondly, we need to reestablish reciprocity and mutual recognition.

Lastly, we need to develop a sense of community as a whole.
Read more of Carmody’s entire speech.
Click here for the video of Carmody delivering her talk.

– Carmody’s Bio read by Auditor Hall on introducing her to speak
“Originally from Tucson, Arizona, Molly Carmody moved to Yelm in 2008. She has a degree in Biotechnology and will be graduating from The Evergreen State College with a Bachelor of Arts in Urban Planning and Sustainability in March 2016. She plans to enter a clerkship to study for the Washington State Bar Exam upon graduation.

Molly is a veteran of Operations Noble Eagle, Enduring Freedom, and Iraqi Freedom, and spent six years in the United States Navy Reserves. She identifies with and respects her fellow veterans. She has worked as a pastry chef, a certified nursing assistant, and has spent the last five years working as the office manager of The Crowe Law Office. Molly is a founding Board member of the Yelm Business Association, former co-chair of the Yelm Planning Commission, and is a member of the Yelm Real Estate Network. She and her husband Daniel Crowe are both members of the Yelm Co-Op, and together they own a piece of Yelm History in the Yelm Masonic Temple in the middle of Old Town.”
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On the City & County of San Diego Administration Bldg. facade
Taken December 27, 2015
Photo credit: Ron Moon

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