Both are seeking the position now held by Steve Langer. Langer plans to run for the position that Craig Ottavelli is relinquishing at the end of the year, leaving contestants a two-year unexpired term that Joe Hyer originally won election to. For details on the City Council slate, go here.
Tomlinson, 55, is a Western Washington field service technician for CETEC Solutions, a California-based company that sells, installs and services point-of-sale-systems for retail outlets. He and his wife run a small, licensed in-home daycare and also own one operated by their children in California.
In his announcement, Tomlinson said among other things:
Tomlinson also said he will be an advocate for housing in downtown Olympia. He wants to carry forward on Ottavelli’s proposal to bring ArtSpace, the nonprofit property developer, to Olympia to create affordable work and living space for artists. But his biggest revitalization idea is a 5,000 seat multi-purpose sports facility that could house profession hockey, indoor soccer, concerts and trade shows.
In his first campaign for elective public office, the one-time Teamster shop steward would kick off the discussion of the idea.