Olympia City Councilwoman Rhenda Strub to seek another term

March 9, 2011 

Strub to seek another term

In this November 6, 2007 file photo, Olympia City Council candidate Rhenda Strub (right) is congratulated by her daughter, Emma Stock, 20, and son, Wyatt Strub, 11, during an election party at Clubside Cafe.

OLYMPIA - Olympia City Councilwoman Rhenda Strub announced Tuesday that she will seek a second term.

Strub, 55, has worked as an environmental consultant and was elected to the City Council in 2007.

Among her priorities are stimulating market-rate housing downtown, bringing the nonprofit group Artspace to Olympia to develop artist workspace/housing, and working with other jurisdictions to reduce homelessness.

Strub said voters should choose her because “I’m experienced, and I’ve produced results that I’ve promised.”

She campaigned to bring a dog park to Olympia; it opened in the city’s Sunrise Park last year. She also takes credit for aiding the effort to build and staff the city’s new fire station, at 3525 Stoll Road S.E., which is expected to open in June. And she cites her effort in establishing a transportation benefit district to fund road improvements, funded by a $20 car tab fee. That led to city-wide improvements, such as a new roundabout at Boulevard Road, she says in her announcement.

Strub has a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, according to her biography on the city’s Web page. Before she was elected, she spent time on the Thurston County Planning Commission. She has also been active with the Thurston County Democrats.

If re-elected, she would be the longest-tenured member on the council. The remaining senior members, Mayor Doug Mah (elected to the council in 2001) and Councilman Craig Ottavelli (elected in 2007), have announced they’re not seeking re-election.

She said her experience is important.

“It’s impossible to understand the job from the outside,” she said, adding, “I thought I understood it, but it actually takes about two years to learn the job.”

Strub had been thinking about running for mayor but opted to go for another council term, citing family reasons.

She said she decided to run again “because I truly enjoy it. I’m good at it, and I enjoy it.”

No other candidates have announced they will run for Strub’s seat. Councilman Stephen Buxbaum and former KGY Radio host Dick Pust are running for mayor, Councilman Stephen Langer is seeking Ottavelli’s seat, and nonprofit leader Jim Cooper and businessman Brian Tomlinson are seeking Langer’s seat.

Matt Batcheldor: 360-704-6869 mbatcheldor@theolympian.com

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