The former leader of the Clark County Republican Party is running for Vancouver City Council.
David Gellatly announced his bid for Position 3, the seat currently held by Mayor Pro Tem Linda Glover. Glover doesn’t plan to seek re-election in November.
If elected, Gellatly said his top priorities will include addressing homelessness, adopting policies that make Vancouver friendly to businesses and including citizen input on city initiatives.
“The opportunities to continue to grow in the right way and create jobs here, are at our doorstep so our residents are not forced to drive out of state for work every day. Every time we cross the I-5 bridge, we can see what was a beautiful city to our south, has become a complete mess as a result of failed leadership,” Gellatly said in a media release.
“We cannot let these same results happen in our city, and it will take experienced leadership, working with others, and vision, to keep Vancouver a bright spot in the Northwest where people want to raise their families, do business, and enjoy the beautiful scenery our city has to offer.”
Gellatly served as chair of the Clark County Republican Party from 2016 to 2018, a tumultous two years for the local organization roiled by infighting. He’s remained active in the CCRP and currently serves as an executive board member as well as the president of Activate Republicans Clark County, the party’s local activism and recruiting branch.
City council positions are nonpartisan.
Glover announced earlier this month that she won’t seek re-election. Aside from Gellatly, two other candidates have also launched bids for her open seat — local construction contractor and neighborhood association chair Glen Yung, and wildlife biologist and diversity task force member Diana Perez.