Olympia resident Nathaniel Jones announced today he will run for Olympia City Council against incumbent Rhenda Strub.Jones, 55, is a senior planning and asset manager with the state Department of General Administration.
According to his campaign statement:
His top priorities are a “safe and welcoming downtown for all,” supporting small businesses, strengthening neighborhoods and “building good relations with Olympia’s neighbors.”
Jones is seeking council Position No. 3, which Strub holds. He singles out Strub’s 2008 vote to allow taller buildings on the downtown isthmus, which she later voted with the council to reverse.
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“Rhenda Strub didn’t listen,” he said in the statement. “The one issue she fought hardest for was to put tall buildings on the isthmus. That was her priority, but that was not Olympia’s priority.”
Jones settled in Olympia 20 years ago. In his role in General Administration, he staffed the committee that studied turning Capitol Lake into an estuary. He was also in charge of completing the Law Enforcement Memorial and Heritage Park.
Jones is a former precinct committee officer for the Thurston County Democrats, and a former board member of the Olympia Unitarian Universalist church.
For a full report, see Thursday’s Olympian.