Dontae Payne

Olympia City Council, Position 6, At-Large

Dontae will be the first Black man ever elected to the Olympia City Council!


Dontae was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania by a young single mother with two younger brothers. Dontae is a first generation 4-year college graduate and comes from a family that rented their homes and occasionally relied on public assistance to get through difficult times.

At age 23, he enlisted in the U.S. Army. He earned a Master of Public Administration degree and a Bachelor of Arts degree from The Evergreen State College and served on active duty for 6 years with two tours to Logar Province, Afghanistan as part of Operation Enduring Freedom.

Dontae currently serves as Deputy District Director to Congresswoman Marilyn Strickland. Previously, he worked for the State of Washington as the South Puget Sound and Olympic Peninsula Regional Representative to Governor Jay Inslee. After re-enlisting to serve at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Dontae and his husband, Jason, moved to Thurston County in 2014 and moved to the City of Olympia in 2015.

Dontae separated from the military in 2016 and became involved in local political organizations shortly after arriving in Olympia and he appreciates the efforts of those organizing to make meaningful change here at home. Dontae and Jason are the proud parents of their energetic and beautiful 5-year-old daughter, Priscilla and they have two dogs , Chip and Bailey.

Related Content