The Affordable Housing Council of OMB Endorses 2015 Candidates


 OLYMPIA, WA, September 9, 2015 – The Affordable Housing Council of Olympia Master Builders (TAHC) is pleased to announce the endorsement of 12 candidates within its five-county service area. Endorsement questionnaires were sent to several candidates running for office in contested races. TAHC Trustees carefully reviewed completed questionnaires that were returned by the candidates. This week the group interviewed a few select candidates to finalize their endorsement decisions.

“A lot of time and thought goes in to endorsing candidates,” explained TAHC Chair Mark Shaffer. “We endorse candidates with an understanding of the building industry, the business community, and their effect on the local economy.”

Each candidate is asked questions that help the TAHC members understand their view on the construction industry’s importance to a healthy economy, economic development, taxes, fees and utility rates, and balancing housing needs with the environment.

“We understand that we aren’t always going to agree with our elected officials, but we feel that having open lines of communication is important,” stated OMB President Mike Auderer. “The endorsement process is the start of getting to know potential future elected officials or reconnecting with elected officials who currently hold office but are running for re-election.”

The twelve candidates endorsed are listed below:

  • Jason Hearn, City of Lacey, City Council, Position No. 1
  • Lenny Greenstein, City of Lacey, City Council, Position No. 2
  • Bill Frare, City of Lacey, City Council, Position No. 3
  • Jessica Bateman, City of Olympia, City Council, Position No. 2
  • Nathaniel Jones, City of Olympia, City Council, Position No. 3
  • Cheryl L. Selby, City of Olympia, Mayor
  • Joe DePinto, City of Yelm, City Council, Position No. 6
  • Joe Downing, Port Of Olympia, Port Commissioner, District 1
  • Jerry Farmer, Port Of Olympia, Port Commissioner, District 3
  • Kathy McDowell, City of Shelton, Commissioner of Finance & Accounting
  • Gary H. Cronce, City of Shelton, Mayor
  • Sue Patterson, Port of Shelton, Port Commissioner Position No. 1



“In an industry that depends heavily on its relationship with local government departments and is required to adhere to numerous rules and regulations, this process is extremely important,” said OMB Executive Director Troy Nichols.

Formed in 1959, Olympia Master Builders is a professional trade association dedicated to improving the construction industry and providing affordable housing for people in all economic segments.  OMB provides services in five counties:  Thurston, Lewis, Grays Harbor, Pacific and Mason.