About Allen

I have been a long-time community leader who recently led the successful ballot measures for the Olympia Metropolitan Parks District and Olympia School Bond and Levy. I am Past Chair of the Thurston County Chamber of Commerce, Past President of the Thurston County Bar Association, Past President of the Olympia Rotary Club, Past President and Chair of the United Way of Thurston County, and Past Chair of the Olympia Planning Commission. I have led the effort to complete the North Capitol Campus as designed by Capitol Campus architects, Wilder and White and the Olmsted Brothers, and am President of the Olympia-Kato Sister City Association. I have served on the boards of the Thurston Regional Planning Council, the South Sound YMCA, the Providence St. Peter Foundation, the Olympia School District Education Foundation, the Washington Center, the Olympia Symphony, and Catholic Community Services. In 1998, I was honored as Thurston County Citizen of the year, and was named Olympia Rotarian of the year in 2002.

I am a Fourth generation Washingtonian. I graduated from the University of Virginia and Seattle University Law School. I have lived in Olympia for 35 years where I raised three now-adult children: Brendan, a geologist; Patrick, a CPA; and Brigit, a high school chemistry and physics teacher. All three are proud graduates of Olympia High School.

I have served as an assistant attorney general, as a Thurston County deputy prosecutor, and as a private practitioner in real estate, land use, natural resource, water and environmental law. I also serve as a pro tem judge in District and Municipal Court. I have taught as an adjunct professor at Seattle University Law School and South Puget Sound Community College.


Public Safety

I belive in community policing, and will work to make sure that violent offenders are incarcerated and rehabilitated. At the same time, taxpayers will be best served by addressing mentally-ill and non-violent offenders through the therapeutic courts, social services, and diversion programs. I support adequate law enforcement staffing levels that will reduce response time and provide the resources needed to address our most pressing safety issues. I will also make sure that our bridges and roads are safely maintained and upgraded so that we are prepared for natural disasters, and work to increase parking in downtown Olympia.

Economic Development

I support building more housing and a new courthouse downtown, along with a parking garage, to increase economic activity and to assist the public in accessing the County agencies and County and City courts. I am also in favor of the purchase and removal of the derelict Capitol Center Building and creating a great civic space in its place, with uses such as a carousel, artesian well, and small boat launch. Such development would protect the Olmsted Brothers view corridor from the Capitol Campus and is consistent with decades of State and City planning.

Environmental Protection

Having recently led the successful Olympia Metropolitan Parks Levy, I will use my community organizing skills to promote environmental protection and restoration in our city. Protecting our groundwater aquifers and watersheds will be a major priority. I am also a strong supporter of habitat and salmon restoration efforts including the reopening of Percival Creek Coho Habitat Restoration Project to recreate the wild salmon run.

Community Projects

  • Providence Community Care Center
  • Plum Street YMCA
  • LBA Woods Park
  • Washington Center for Performing Arts
  • Drexel House
  • North Capitol Campus Heritage Park
  • Law Enforcement Memorial
  • Heritage Park Fountain
  • Centennial Train Station
  • Farmer’s Market
  • Percival Landing
  • Briggs YMCA
  • West Bay Rotary Point Park
  • Olympia Regional Learning Academy
  • Providence St. Peter’s Emergency Room
  • Downtown Housing
  • Hands On Children’s Museum
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Sustainable Thurston

Watch Allen dedicating the Heritage Park Fountain in 1996 with Governor Mike Lowry and Mayor Bob Jacobs.

Get Involved

Are you interested in making Olympia a better place to live, work, and raise a family? Being a part of my campaign for Olympia City Council Position 5 is not only fun, but a great way to help make meaningful and positive changes to the place we call home. Put up a yard sign, talk to your neighbors, attend a parade, write a letter, make a post on Facebook, endorse me, or host a fundraising event so I can earn the support of your friends and neighbors – there are dozens of ways that you can help. Send a message to the campaign team to get started at allenmillerforolympia@gmail.com. I would be grateful to have your support, in any form it takes!

Endorse Allen

Thank you for your support in endorsing me! To be added to the endorsement list, please send your info to allenmillerforolympia@gmail.com. If you are current or former elected official or candidate, please let us know what office you held or are running for.

If you believe I am the candidate to represent your values on the City Council, seeing your name on this website or a mailing piece could help me earn the support of your friends and neighbors, as well!

Thank you to the following for their endorsements!

Fredrick and Mary Jane Adair

Rob Ahlschwede

Mark and Nancy Allen

Thomas J Allen

Gerry L Alexander – Former Chief Justice

John Amos

George Barner -Former Thurston County and Olympia Port Commissioner

Debi Jensen Besser

Stan Biles – Former Mayor of  Olympia

Ralph Blankenship

Anna Boatright

Zachary Bowen

Marty Brown – Former OFM Director

Newt Burker 

Richard Busch

Mark Campeau –  Olympia School Board President

Nora M Cavazos

Gretchen Christopher

Steve Coffman

Al Cohen, Former Olympia Schools Superintendent

Krista Lynch Concannon

Bruce Cooper

Carol Cooper

Geoff Crooks

Denis Curry

Ben Cushman

Clydia Cuykendall

Dick Cvitanich, Former Olympia Schools Superintendent

William Daley – Former Mayor of Olympia

John Demeye

Michelle Lynn DiClementi

Diane Dorland

Guy Dorland

Joe Downing – Port Commissioner

Les Eldridge

Jerry Farmer

Fred Finn, Former State Representative

Christine McLemore Forrey

Dean Foster – Former Chief Clerk, Washington State House Of Representatives

Cathrine “Kay” Foster

Sharon Foster – Former Chair, Washington State Liquor And Marijuana Control Board

Mark Foutch – Former Olympia Mayor

Chuck Fowler

Carol Fuller, Retired Superior Court Judge

Herb Fuller

Steve Gilmore

Robert Grawet

Jewell Goddard

Howard Goldberg

Jim and Jennifer Grant

Larry Hall

Deanna Hauger

Jack Havens

Susan Havens

Erin Hobbs

Anthony Hemstad

Margaret Holm

Ed Holm – Former Thurston County Prosecutor

Pat Huntsman

Joe Hyer – Former Olympia City Council Member

Jim Ingersoll

Doreen Innes

Nat Jackson

Thelma Jackson – Former North Thurston School Board President

Bob Jacobs – Former Mayor of Olympia

Bonnie Jacobs

Jeffrey Jaksich

Brad Jurkovich

Christopher Keegan

Denise Fuchs Keegan

Carolyn Keck

Charlie Keck

Christopher Keegan

Kristen Kilgore

Melanie Hagen Kincaid

Karl Kirker

Charlie Kirry

Mickey Lahmann

Bill Lahmann – Former Superintendent, Olympia School District

James Lengenfelder

Jim Leonard

Ruth Lewis

Merrtit D. Long

Marsha Tanado Long

Bob Lovely

Jerry Luthian

Linda Lutz

Bill Lynch

Doug Mah – Former Mayor of Olympia

Jennifer Maydole

Bill Mcgregor – Port Commissioner

Christina Meserve

Dorothy Milhollin

Spike Millman

Leslie Montecucco

William Moore

Gayla Morriseette

Ralph Munro – Former Secretary of State 

Charlie Murphy

Robert Nakamura

Chris Neumiller

David L. Nicandri

Olympia Education Association

Ingrid Ferris Olszewsky

Cecille Owens

Frank Owens

Sharon Paakkonen

John + Sandy Parry

Jeff Parsons

Kara Peterson

Michele Pemberly

Robert Price

Roger Polzin

Jim Rainwood

Pat Rants

Sam Reed – Former Washington Secretary Of State, Former Thurston County Auditor

Jerry Reilly – Former Assistant Director, Washington State DSHS

Carole Richmond

Charlie Roe

Marilyn Roe

Bill Robinson

Nancy + Garet Ronning

David Schlottmann

Frank Schnarrs

Paul Seaburt

Mary Selecky – Former Director of Department of Health

Joe Shorin

Silverman Bruce

Dwayne Slate

Mike Snodgrass – Former Olympia City Council Candidate and Teachers Union President

Cheryl Sparkuhl

Jordan Jeanne Stray

Elizabeth (Nan) Strickland

Rhenda Strub – Former Olympia City Council Member

Marie Sullivan

Charles Szrszewski

Joe Taller

Jerry Thielen

Eileen Thomson – Olympia School Board

Brian Tomlinson

Terry Toth

John Trendall

Elaine Valentine

Heather VanMill

Larry Watkinson

Nancy Hughs Watkins

Steven Weisdepp

Janet White

Kathleen White

Bruce Wilkinson

Callie J. Wilson

Frank Wilson – Olympia School Board

Michael Wittenberg

Cynthia Wolfe

Chris Wolfe

Neil Woody

Bob Wubbena – Former Pres. Rotary Club Of Olympia/Downtown Business Owner

Brian Zeigler

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