Madeline Goodwin, 20, seeks Virgil Clarkson’s seat on Lacey City Council

Madeline Goodwin
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A 20-year-old woman who holds a master’s degree from The Evergreen State College has filed to run for Lacey City Council.

It’s her first run for public office, said Madeline Goodwin. She decided to run because she has concerns about how Thurston County and Lacey are going to grow over the next 20 years.

“Most of that growth is going to be in Lacey,” she said, adding that she wants to make sure that growth is responsible and sustainable.

“I want Lacey to be a leader in sustainable, forward-thinking development,” she said.

Goodwin has lived in Lacey since August, she said. By this year’s general election, she will have lived in the city a year, a requirement to run for office, Goodwin said.

It is for that reason that she won’t apply for the appointment to fill Jeff Gadman’s seat because she is not eligible, she said.

Lacey City Council is set to discuss the appointment process at its Thursday work session.

Goodwin grew up in California’s Silicon Valley and later spent eight years in southern Oregon, where she attended Southern Oregon State University in Ashland.

She got a double major in environmental studies and biology, and later took that same interest to The Evergreen State College.

She earned a master’s degree in environmental studies and now teaches online and tutors.

She’s vice chairwoman of the Thurston County Young Democrats, she said.

Goodwin, according to her candidate registration form, seeks the Position No. 7 seat that will be vacated by longtime Councilman Virgil Clarkson.

Clarkson, who is in his 80s, has decided not to run for another term.

In addition to Goodwin, Ken Balsley and Richard Bokofsky have filed to run for a seat on the council, while Cindy Sharpe says she might run.

Matthew Staples filed to run for a seat, but later learned that he did not live within Lacey city limits.