The first candidate running for an open seat on the Olympia City Council has stepped forward ahead of next fall’s election.
Dani Madrone announced over the weekend she will run for the seat currently held by Nathaniel Jones, who plans to challenge Mayor Cheryl Selby for her seat on the council.
Three seats on the council are up for election this year. Council member Jessica Bateman announced last month she plans to run for re-election for her seat.
Madrone, 35, works on Puget Sound restoration issues for the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission. She was a community member on The Olympian’s editorial board for about two years, ending in November.
In announcing her run, Madrone highlighted housing and homelessness as challenges facing the city.
“I think the city needs a long-term crisis management plan. They need to be measuring the work that they’re doing right now and whether it’s leading to success,” she told The Olympian.
Filing for November’s general election starts May 13.