Clark Gilman for Olympia City Council Position #4
Thurston Environmental Voters strongly supports retaining Clark Gilman for Olympia City Council. Prior to his Council appointment in 2016, Clark was chair of the City’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee. He represents Council on both the Intercity Transit Authority and Regional Transportation Policy Boards. These combined experiences give him valuable insights into community transportation solutions. He also serves on Council’s Land Use and Environment and General Government Committees.
Clark is a skilled manager, collaborator and facilitator with a myriad of professional experience including: para-educator for special education, Program Manager of the Climate Solutions Harvesting Clean Energy program, and Representative and Organizing Director for the Pacific Northwest Regional Council of Carpenters.
Clark is an environmental advocate who is not afraid to stand up for what he believes. He recognizes the connection between social/economic equity, the environmental and public health. He is concerned about sea level rise and supports pragmatic policies that direct future growth to higher ground while protecting low lying buildings for their likely lifespan, and that consider alternatives to expensive options such as sea walls that may tax those who can least afford it. He also supports transition to a clean energy economy, increased transportation infrastructure for walking and biking, estuary restoration, obtaining greenspace for parks and habitat, septic conversion and land development practices that retain water and trees.