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Bateman leads race for open Olympia City Council seat

Judy Bardin, left, and Jessica Bateman are running for Olympia City Council position 2.
Judy Bardin, left, and Jessica Bateman are running for Olympia City Council position 2. Courtesy

Early results show Jessica Bateman leading Judy Bardin in the race for Olympia City Council Position 2.

Bateman was ahead Tuesday night with 59.2 percent of the vote compared to Bardin, who has 40.3 percent.

Both of these first-time candidates are running for the soon-to-be-vacant council position held by Steve Langer, who declined to seek re-election. At one point, both candidates also served together on the Olympia Planning Commission before Bardin’s stint ended last spring.

On election night, Bateman credited her lead to a team of 55 volunteers who knocked on more than 7,000 doors. She said she looks forward to focusing on issues such as downtown revitalization and social services for the homeless when she takes office in January.

“Olympians are ready for a collaborative voice on the council,” said Bateman, 33. “I’m so excited. I can’t wait to get started.”

Bardin, 67, congratulated her opponent and thanked all the supporters who helped during her campaign.

“I met many people and learned about issues that are important to them and their city,” Bardin said. “It was really a learning experience for me.”

In the race for Olympia City Council Position 3, Nathaniel Jones will retain his council seat.

Early election results show Jones leading with 70.7 percent of the vote against Rafael Ruiz, who withdrew his candidacy in September. Jones, who has served as the city’s mayor pro-tem, was first elected to the council in 2011.

The Thurston County Auditor’s Office will certify election results Nov. 24.

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