Incumbent Jessica Bateman and newcomer Dani Madrone were leading their races for seats on the Olympia City Council in early returns from Tuesday’s election.
In the Position No. 2 race, Bateman had 4,885 votes, ahead of Phyllis Booth with 2,606 votes.
“They’re really strong results and I’m very confident in them,” said Bateman, who made affordable housing and homelessness top issues on the campaign trail. “I think the results demonstrate the issues I ran on are important to Olympians.”
For Position No. 3, Madrone had 5,054 votes, followed by Matt Goldenberg with 2,295 votes. That seat is currently held by Nathaniel Jones, who was trailing in the race for mayor against incumbent Cheryl Selby in early returns.
Olympia council members are each elected by voters across the city, not by wards or districts. Council members serve four-year terms.
Madrone said she looks forward to working on policies around housing and climate change.
“I think there’s a lot of optimism in the city for where we can go on these controversial issues, and at the same time there’s a lot of frustration,” she said. “I want to help be a bridge on some of these really controversial issues we’re facing.”
Madrone previously served as a community member on The Olympian’s editorial board. She was not an employee.