Clark Gilman

Clark was appointed to the Olympia City Council in 2016 and reelected in 2017 for a four year term. At the time he was the chair of the City's Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee. 


During his term, Clark was chosen by his council colleagues to be Mayor Pro Tem of Olympia. He was also elected Secretary of the Thurston County Regional Planning Council, and as Vice-Chair of the Intercity Transit Authority. 


Clark has fought for neighborhood issues, such as getting bike paths to connect elder housing to the Chehalis Western Trail, downtown social services like getting a public toilet, and affordable housing efforts. Clark is very vocal about demanding racial justice and police reform and also helped establish COVID-19 vaccination as a condition of employment for our City employees and our Transit System employees.


Clark and his wife Marilyn live and have raised their three children on the West Side. Clark worked for the Carpenter's Union as an organizer, a researcher, and communications editor. He worked as a clean energy advocate for Climate Solutions, and a labor educator at The Evergreen State College Labor Education and Research Center. As a young man he worked as a soda jerk, warehouse worker, carpenter, research analyst, and organic farm inspector.


"I won't make promises I can't keep, and I won't tell you there are three things that I alone will accomplish. Because election to city council does not come with three magic wishes. Serving on the city council gives me the opportunity to learn a lot about Olympia and struggle with tough decisions as part of a seven member council. Each member brings different perspectives to the table and we make our decisions together. I'm proud of the work of the city council and Olympia and I hope that I represent your values and priorities, and earn your vote for city council."