David Gellatly, the former Clark County Republican Party chair has announced plans to run for Vancouver City Council Position 3.
The seat is currently held by Mayor Pro Tem Linda Glover, who announced last week that she would not be seeking reelection.
In a news release, Gellatly said his top priorities if elected to the nonpartisan seat would be addressing homelessness with “compassion and accountability,” working to bring living wage jobs and employers to Vancouver, and a representative form of government that ensures “we listen to the concerns of the citizens … when considering any and all 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,” Gellatly wrote. “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. 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 was chair of the county GOP from 2016-2018, and remains active in the party, currently serving as an executive board member. He is also president of Activate Republicans Clark County, which aims to recruit conservative candidates for local races.
He has set up a campaign website at DavidGellatly.com, but to date it appears to be an unfinished form website designed for a legal defense business. A Facebook page for the campaign was created on March 18.
Gellatly becomes the third person to announce plans to run for Position 3 on the Vancouver City Council.
Frequent commenter and citizen activist Glen Yung was first to announce plans to run, even before Glover announced she would not seek reelection. Shortly after Glover’s announcement, Diana Perez, a wildlife biologist and member of the city’s diversity task force announced she would be running.