Friday, October 8, 2021 4:54 PM
HELLO ALL! We are revving up for the November 2nd elections!!! Ballots go out on the 11th of October. Here is the sign waving schedule: Friday October 15th, 22nd and 29th from 4:30 to 6:00 on the 4th St bridge. Wednesday October 13th, 20th and 27th from 4:30 to 6:00 on the corner of 4th and Plum St SE and Saturday October 9th and Saturday October 30th from 10:00am to 11:30 on the corner of Black LakeBlvd SW and Copper Point Rd SW. I will have T shirts and signs- hope to see you there- thanks again for all the support! Feel free to contact me with any questions!
COREY GAUNY NEW VOICE NEW VISION!!!!
Thursday, October 7, 2021 5:30 PM
Olympia Neighborhood Council Forum
If you here is the difference between my opponent and I on policy issues and our views on Olympia neighborhoods.
Saturday, October 2, 2021 2:22 PM
If you do not feel that Olympia is on the right path to addressing our homelessness crisis, then I am your candidate. My opponent has called Renata Rollins a "inspiration" in her response to the crisis and feels the cities current course is the correct one. I do NOT!
Sunday, September 26, 2021 12:18 PM
Thurston County League of Women Voters Forum
I was recently invited to a candidate forum by the Thurston County League of Women Voters. I am so grateful for the support of all of you and for the opportunity to address the issues our community is challenged with on this candidate forum.
(19) LWV Candidate Forum: Olympia Council Positions 5, 6, and 7 - YouTube
Saturday, September 11, 2021 8:46 AM
As I sit here this morning reflecting on the events of 20 years ago, I remember them so vividly. I had just arrived back home (2 days earlier) in the United States after 6 months in Saudi Arabia. I was in Virginia Beach with friends on my way back to Okinawa. My friend Jerry Reynolds and his family were kind enough to host me at their house as we enjoyed some R&R after our tour in the desert. It was just about this time of day.
All of a sudden the TV starts broadcasting on every channel that the World Trade Centers in New York were hit by a plane. Everyone was confused, no one had any idea what was going on. There was a sinking in our hearts. That sinking feeling seemed like it was accelerating as the next plane hit the second tower. Then the Pentagon. Then Pennsylvania Flight 93...what was going on.
We could start to see what was unfolding. The United States was under attack.
My friend Jerry and I immediately called back to our home base in Okinawa, reported in that we were safe and let them know that we were in Virginia Beach, ready to report for duty. Fortunately or unfortunately we were not activated while on our vacation.
A few days later on the 15th I went to see another one of my firefighter brothers up in Greenwich CT. I took the train up and through NY. As we got to his house we went out to the Long Island Sound and we could still see the smoldering fire from the remnants of what happened this day 20 years ago.
I will never forget the sinking feeling in my stomach and the spinning in my head as I attempted to put together what was going on. What was going to happen next as an attack had come to our soil. To say I did not feel uncertainty or panic at what was going on would be a lie.
What I relied upon is the Lord, my family, friends, fellow firefighters, service members and countrymen beside me. What I witnessed in the days after 9-11, when American flags flew off shelves, there was not a house without an American flag on the front porch. We saw neighbors doing everything they could to help and aid one another. People were united and helping one another regardless of political ideologies.
I will never forget, but I say that many of us have forgot. Why must it take a tragedy to pull us together as a community, a state a country.
When I see the lack of leadership and unity in our community leaders, when I see the violence in our streets, when I have American flags torn off my front porch. I say "We have forgotten". What we have here in the United States, freedom, liberty and a representative democracy is fragile, we must never forget. We must remember. United we stand and Divided we will fall.
Please take time this day to remember and Never Forget.
Friday, July 30, 2021 1:34 PM
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Tuesday, July 13, 2021 10:23 AM
Independent for Non-Partisan Position Endorsed by Dem and Rep
As an Independent running for a non-partisan position in our community, it is important to know that I will not play party politics with our community. We are electing someone to a board to run and manage a $300M incorporated city. I will fulfill my duties looking at the role of government as one that provides Safety, Security, Infrastructure and Economic opportunities. Endorsed by Democrats and Republicans.
Wednesday, June 30, 2021 4:16 PM
My ride along with Olympia Police Department
Yesterday was the hottest day on record in Olympia. I hope you all stayed safe and cool out there.
I had a decision to make yesterday, do I go for my ride along with Olympia Police Department on the hottest day possible. I then thought, well they are out there protecting and serving, I need to be out there to walk a mile in their shoes on the hottest day in history to gain some perspective. I even wore long sleeves and pants in a move to better understand the challenges the officers were facing wearing a uniform plus all that additional gear. I challenge every current sitting member of our council and every member of our “Re-imagining public safety Working Committee” to do the same and to undergo “Use of Force Training” and sit in on occasion with OPD during training.
What I witnessed yesterday were public servants that care deeply, that have compassion and empathy for those they serve. They want a safe, strong vibrant community where people are free to move about without fear of attacks or harassment. The challenges we face with homelessness in our community is rooted in mental health and drug addiction. We have plenty of some resources, yet lack so many others, so what we have created is an open air asylum in our community our States Capital City.
There is no lack of compassion from me; we need to do better for all of those suffering with mental health and substance abuse disorder. I was reminded of my time in the military where 10% of the folks took up 90% of my time as a leader as we worked with our folks through their challenges and helped them along their path, hopefully through a path of recovery. The same hold true with our police officers; about 10 to 20% of the people we encountered during my time with the officers were repeat offenders. The large majority of responses are people struggling with mental illness and/or substance abuse disorder. Many of the officers already know them by name. Often times people are taken for treatment to St Pete's where there are only 8 beds despite the need to treat a much larger number of people. Those suffering with mental health or substance abuse disorder are put back out on the streets to once again suffer in our streets, without getting supervised long term treatment to address their challenges. It is shameful to say, but it appears to me that it is like a catch and release program, but with human lives. These officers see it every day and it hurts them to know that we are not making any progress in stemming the tide; instead we continue to encourage more to come to our open air asylum. This is evident when the history of offenses from other jurisdictions is seen and you can see their path to the open air asylum of Olympia.
Is this what Olympia wants to be? Is this the strategic vision for our community? That is a question for my constituents. It is not a challenge that should be borne solely by the constituents of Olympia. I believe we need to address substance abuse disorder and mental health with the proper facilities to treat them. This needs to be addressed at the State and Federal level. Many of the opposition will argue that a housing first model is the best option; I would argue that it is like shoving all the dirty toys in your bedroom under the bed. It will be out of sight and out of mind, but we will have done a great disservice to those struggling with the challenges of mental illness and substance abuse disorder.
Through the riots of last year, I heard countless times how we need to re-imagine public safety. How many of you are aware that our city has had a Crisis Response Team, in the Police Department for the last two years? During my ride-along, I got to meet some of the wonderful Crisis Responders they work tirelessly to help those struggling with substance abuse disorder and mental health challenges. It was my impression that many of them are feeling the burnout as our current system continues to fail to support the real needs and challenges. Furthermore, this destroys the narrative we have been hearing that our Police force is fascist and heartless. In my experience, it was anything but and I believe our city council should have supported our Police and brought this to the attention of our community and those that have been so vocal about, what in their estimation is bad policing.
As a retired firefighter, I understand what it is like to continue to see some of the most challenging moments of people’s lives. This can wear and does wear on the mental health of our emergency responders. I am a proponent of ensuring that individual mental health counseling is readily available to our emergency responders, to deal with the challenging events they see every day. This is not to say that any officer I encountered was in any way less, rather that we as a community need to support our emergency responders from a whole person perspective, which includes their mental wellness.
I am not in support of defunding our Police Department. We can always improve how we provide services to our community and I am for continuing to improve how we provide those services. I think we need more police officers on walking patrol to protect our small business downtown and to get those suffering from mental health and substance abuse disorder to the services they need. Did you know that while our population has grown, our force is the same level it was in 1990? In my assessment, last year we spent hundreds of thousands of dollars in overtime to address the riots. The irony of the movement to defund police only required more policing to protect the rest of our population from a very violent and vocal minority.
At great peril of offending our non-government agencies and non-profits and as a professional management analyst, I would say that we have not set any Specific Measurable Attainable and Timely (SMART) objectives for the services we are providing. Right now we just measure the number served, in an attempt to gain more government funding, our goal should be to put ourselves out of business, not to perpetuate a system of enabling and dependency. Before we fund programs, we need to ensure that they are not passed on to other jurisdictions (Seattle, Portland and Tacoma) to bolster numbers of “customers” served, let’s start tracking people who return to our services so we can address their challenges and get them to a place where they can live fulfilling and meaningful lives, not continuing to suffer with substance abuse disorder and mental health challenges.
Lastly as a community leader I believe it is important to support our emergency responders when needed and that should have been done last year. One of the key roles of local government is to provide a safe and healthy environment for all of our residents and businesses. If we fail in this endeavor, we will see a loss in employment opportunities, goods and services to those living in our downtown.
Monday, June 7, 2021 3:36 PM
Less than 60 Days till the Primary! As we draw nearer to the Primary election, I encourage all of you out there to get out and vote and encourage those in your sphere of influence to vote.
As you are preparing for the primary, I would like you to ask yourself, "am I happy with the direction that Olympia has been going over the last 10 years". If you are, then who you vote for in the primary may be easy, as my opponents are endorsed by the current city council and will continue down the same path with the same failed policies.
If you want a new vision and a new voice in our City Council, that is focused on the actual role of government, providing a safe, secure, clean vibrant city, that is friendly to local businesses and artisans then I am your candidate. Our small businesses are the economic driver of our community and we need to do more to provide a safe, clean and secure environment for those businesses and their customers.