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There are no progressive choices in this race.

Veteran and realtor Ed Kunkel is running for re-election to the Lacey City Council. He was first elected to this position in 2019 by a mere 78 votes. After running a campaign with the support of staunch Republicans such as J.T Wilcox, Kunkel has unsurprisingly voted as a conservative on the council. Among some of his worst and most regressive actions on the council include voting against flying diverse flags throughout the year to celebrate the Nisqually and Squaxin Tribes, as well as Juneteenth and Pride Flags. Kunkel also had to apologize to his fellow council members for describing armed white militia patrols as "how it should be" on his social media.

Nic Dunning, who is running as a self-described Independent, is challenging Kunkel this year. He owns a local gym and is a Marine Corps combat veteran. He has no policy information available on his social media as of October and does not appear to have political experience or leadership experience in a municipal or local organization aside from an undergraduate degree. With no working website or information about his priorities, we cannot recommend his candidacy.

Write in a progressive candidate of your choice for Lacey City Council, Position 3.

Ed Kunkel

There are no progressive choices in this race.

  • Incumbent and deputy mayor Malcolm Miller is running unopposed for re-election to the Lacey City Council. A loan officer by trade, Miller was first elected in 2019 on a platform of growth management, strategic planning for seniors including expanded services, and addressing homelessness. He has voted with the more progressive members of the council on issues such as allowing the flying of Pride and Indigenous flags and amending an agreement with the Regional Housing Council to allow the creation of an affordable housing board and a homeless services board. If re-elected, he states that he wants to bring commuter rail service to the city.

    Last updated: 2023-10-24

    Malcolm Miller

    Incumbent and deputy mayor Malcolm Miller is running unopposed for re-election to the Lacey City Council. A loan officer by trade, Miller was first elected in 2019 on a platform of growth management, strategic planning for seniors including expanded services, and addressing homelessness.

    Incumbent and deputy mayor Malcolm Miller is running unopposed for re-election to the Lacey City Council. A loan officer by trade, Miller was first elected in 2019 on a platform of growth management, strategic planning for seniors including expanded services, and addressing homelessness. He has voted with the more progressive members of the council on issues such as allowing the flying of Pride and Indigenous flags and amending an agreement with the Regional Housing Council to allow the creation of an affordable housing board and a homeless services board. If re-elected, he states that he wants to bring commuter rail service to the city.

    Malcolm Miller

    Incumbent and deputy mayor Malcolm Miller is running unopposed for re-election to the Lacey City Council. A loan officer by trade, Miller was first elected in 2019 on a platform of growth management, strategic planning for seniors including expanded services, and addressing homelessness.

  • Spencer Zeman is challenging incumbent Lenny Greenstein for Position 2 on the Lacey City Council. He is a disabled Army veteran and local business owner whose platform represents a much more progressive take than Greenstein's.

    Zeman believes in working wages and stable housing for all. On homelessness, he points to how incarceration has failed to solve the root problems of people needing to live on the streets in the first place. He would act with civic mindedness and follow the science on housing to work regionally on creating more affordable housing options and homes with smaller footprints. He acknowledges that growth is coming to the city, and wants to manage it sustainably by creating an environmentally sustainable plan. Zeman believes collaborating regionally is the best way forward on big problems, pooling resources and expertise so that the residents of Lacey can thrive.

    Lenny Greenstein has served on the council for three terms already. He touts his advocacy for a "business-friendly environment" and the new $40 million police station as two points of pride and accomplishment of his service so far, part of a conservative platform that doesn't recognize the needs of all Lacey residents.

    Greenstein was one of two councilmembers, including fellow conservative Ed Kunkel, who voted against flying diverse flags through the year to celebrate the Nisqually and Squaxin Tribes, as well as Juneteenth and Pride Flags. In February of this year, Greenstein voted against an agreement with the Regional Housing Council, a process that seeks to bring Thurston County and its cities together to solve issues with homelessness and housing. Greenstein has been an impediment on the time-sensitive issue, stating that Olympia has too much representation of the council despite the majority of services being located there.

    If elected to a fourth term, Greenstein will continue to be a roadblock to progress on several fronts. Zeman has the endorsement of local Democratic groups and is the best choice in this race.
    Last updated: 2023-10-24

    Spencer Zeman

    Spencer Zeman is challenging incumbent Lenny Greenstein for Position 2 on the Lacey City Council. He is a disabled Army veteran and local business owner whose platform represents a much more progressive take than Greenstein's.

    Spencer Zeman is challenging incumbent Lenny Greenstein for Position 2 on the Lacey City Council. He is a disabled Army veteran and local business owner whose platform represents a much more progressive take than Greenstein's.

    Zeman believes in working wages and stable housing for all. On homelessness, he points to how incarceration has failed to solve the root problems of people needing to live on the streets in the first place. He would act with civic mindedness and follow the science on housing to work regionally on creating more affordable housing options and homes with smaller footprints. He acknowledges that growth is coming to the city, and wants to manage it sustainably by creating an environmentally sustainable plan. Zeman believes collaborating regionally is the best way forward on big problems, pooling resources and expertise so that the residents of Lacey can thrive.

    Lenny Greenstein has served on the council for three terms already. He touts his advocacy for a "business-friendly environment" and the new $40 million police station as two points of pride and accomplishment of his service so far, part of a conservative platform that doesn't recognize the needs of all Lacey residents.

    Greenstein was one of two councilmembers, including fellow conservative Ed Kunkel, who voted against flying diverse flags through the year to celebrate the Nisqually and Squaxin Tribes, as well as Juneteenth and Pride Flags. In February of this year, Greenstein voted against an agreement with the Regional Housing Council, a process that seeks to bring Thurston County and its cities together to solve issues with homelessness and housing. Greenstein has been an impediment on the time-sensitive issue, stating that Olympia has too much representation of the council despite the majority of services being located there.

    If elected to a fourth term, Greenstein will continue to be a roadblock to progress on several fronts. Zeman has the endorsement of local Democratic groups and is the best choice in this race.

    Spencer Zeman

    Spencer Zeman is challenging incumbent Lenny Greenstein for Position 2 on the Lacey City Council. He is a disabled Army veteran and local business owner whose platform represents a much more progressive take than Greenstein's.

  • Endorsed By: Teamsters Joint Council 28, Thurston-Lewis-Mason Central Labor Council (Member AFL-CIO)

No Good Choices

There are no progressive choices in this race.

Veteran and realtor Ed Kunkel is running for re-election to the Lacey City Council. He was first elected to this position in 2019 by a mere 78 votes. After running a campaign with the support of staunch Republicans such as J.T Wilcox, Kunkel has unsurprisingly voted as a conservative on the council. Among some of his worst and most regressive actions on the council include voting against flying diverse flags throughout the year to celebrate the Nisqually and Squaxin Tribes, as well as Juneteenth and Pride Flags. Kunkel also had to apologize to his fellow council members for describing armed white militia patrols as "how it should be" on his social media.

Nic Dunning, who is running as a self-described Independent, is challenging Kunkel this year. He owns a local gym and is a Marine Corps combat veteran. He has no policy information available on his social media as of October and does not appear to have political experience or leadership experience in a municipal or local organization aside from an undergraduate degree. With no working website or information about his priorities, we cannot recommend his candidacy.

Write in a progressive candidate of your choice for Lacey City Council, Position 3.

Ed Kunkel

There are no progressive choices in this race.