Nathaniel Jones will seek re-election to Olympia City Council

Nathaniel Jones has announced that he will seek re-election to Olympia City Council position 3.

Jones, the city’s mayor pro-tem, was first elected to the council in 2011. According to a news release, Jones said he will focus on invigorating downtown Olympia; efficient delivery of city services; developing the “distinct character of our residential and commercial areas;” and helping businesses be successful.

“Olympia’s future is bright,” he said in the news release. “It is my goal to build upon Olympia’s strengths, revitalizing our community and our economy. I will bring investment to Olympia that is responsible and that honors our commitment to the future.”

Jones, 59, is the Infrastructure Manager for the State Capitol Campus. He also has experience in city and transportation planning.

In the 2011 election, he defeated council member Rhenda Strub. In that election campaign, Jones said his top goals included restoring the downtown police walking patrol, changing the public’s expectations for the council, and having a better relationship with neighborhoods.

So far, Jones is running unopposed. The filing deadline for all candidates is May 15. The general election will be Nov.3; if a primary is needed, it will be Aug. 4.