Judy Bardin has announced her candidacy for Olympia City Council position 2.
The council position is held by Steve Langer, who said he will not seek re-election in 2015.
Bardin has 20 years of experience as a registered nurse and works as an epidemiologist for the Washington State Department of Health, where she studies environmental health issues.
Bardin has served on the Olympia Planning Commission for three years. She also has volunteered with the Olympia Utility Advisory Committee, the Heritage Commission and the Coalition of Neighborhood Associations.
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In 2014, Bardin received the Key Award for the Washington Coalition for Open Government. She was honored for blowing the whistle on a series of private meetings between developers and other planning commissioners. However, some commissioners said the award was based on false accusations and said Bardin painted them in a bad light.
“We really need to have our government open to the public,” said Bardin, whose term on the commission ends in March.
As a first-time candidate for elected office, Bardin said she will advocate for more responsive government that focuses on improving public participation.
“If people are informed, they will show up and be part of the decisions that affect their neighborhoods,” said Bardin, noting that she is also interested in land-use decisions, especially those involving parks. “We need a budget that reflects people’s priorities.”
Bardin will hold a campaign kickoff event from 5-7 p.m. April 2 at the Artists’ Gallery in the Capital Mall Promenade, 2505 Fourth Ave. W., Suite 105, Olympia.
Bardin is the second local candidate to file with the Public Disclosure Commission. Earlier this year, Councilwoman Cheryl Selby announced her campaign for mayor after Mayor Stephen Buxbaum said he would not seek re-election.
The filing deadline for all candidates is May 15.