Originally published, October 19, 2011 The Olympian Online Extra.
When Olympia City Council candidate Nathaniel Jones talks about why he is running, he makes a point about our community that is especially insightful.
Olympia, he says, is fortunate to have so many citizens who volunteer and take an active interest in public policy and the quality of life in our community. They work in our parks, clean up downtown, grow food for the Food Bank, sit long hours in advisory committee meetings, and engage in debate about what is best for the future of Olympia.
But when they raise concerns, they aren’t always listened to seriously and treated with respect by our elected officials. When this happens, public involvement is discouraged instead of promoted.
I like Jones’ priorities for Olympia, such as cleaning up blighted properties and fixing the broken parking system.
What I like even more, however, is that he values public input, listens carefully, and will be the kind of leader we need who will make sure that concerns of citizens are thoughtfully and fairly addressed.
A vote for Nathaniel Jones is a vote in support of all the people who dedicate their time and effort to improve our community.