I often receive emails from citizens active in Vancouver or Clark County matters. It isn’t always that I agree with them, but I always appreciate seeing what others think about the goings on in our community.
One such person I often receive email from is retired Navy Commander Larry Patella who many elected officials look upon as a “thorn in their side.” While they may scoff at Larry, politicians need those “thorns in their sides” if we are to remain a free nation of “We The People.”
As we all know, Mayor Royce Pollard was defeated by challenger Tim Leavitt this past November and his being worn in to office has left an opening on the city council for Vancouver. Current council members have won their elections for their seat, either this past year or in years past.
To fill the seat now a replacement for Leavitt must be selected, but it will be by council members, not an election. This is by design and the process our nation and community has set-up.
The danger in this process is council members who may ignore the voices of the people and choose a replacement based upon an agenda or someone who they fell will just rubber stamp proposals of the mayor or the council.
It is in regards to this selection process that Mr. Patella was addressing those on his email list this morning as he sent out the following,
“Finalist for Vancouver City Council;
In reading the article in today’s copy of the Daily Fish Wrapper, I must take issue will some of the criteria for who will be selected.
Having been advised that some applicants were not nominated to fill the seat vacated by the current mayor because there was fear among current council members that they would not be team players or that they had the audacity to challenge some council members’ positions and decisions I am concerned that whomever gets elected will be just another Bobblehead.
Didn’t we just throw out of office a dictatorial administration that not only ignored the voice of the People but in almost every instance passed every piece of legislation brought before it by a 6 to 1 or 5 to 2 vote. Comments such as “it’s going to be spirited dialogue about who the six of us believe will be the best fit”
Ladies and gentlemen of the council, need council members who will Listen to the people, ask probing question, and above all vote on the merits of what is placed before them, not just another vote in someone’s pocket. It is not the best fit that “We The People” are seeking, it is someone who will represent “We The People”.
In my most humble opinion, Anne McEnery-Olge is the people’s choice.
She has the Experience, the Backbone and the Will to represent us.
L. M. Patella
CDR USN (ret)
P.S. Let The Council Know your choice and let me know. I will tabulate the people’s vote and compare it to what the council vote and let you know if they are listening to us..”
Finalists are, if you don’t already know, Anne McErney-Ogle – Active in Neighbor Association, Member of Planning Commission, served on City Budget Review Committee, Ran for council in 2009 and came in second.
Eric Olmsted – Challenged Jeanne Stewart in 2005 and was defeated
Lee Rafferty – Community Volunteer
Bart Hanson – Works For PUD, ran for council in 2009 and came in third.
Larry’s email, if you wish to contact him with your preference is firstname.lastname@example.org
My choice would be Anne McErney-Ogle to take the seat, as she is very community oriented, she does get out amongst the people and she does have the needed experience to represent citizens of Vancouver, Washington.
This is also why Clark County Conservative strongly supported Lisa Walters in the Battle Ground Council Race against all too obvious Democratic Party choice and supported Michael Dalesandro in last years race.
Lisa, much like Anne McErney-Ogle, when necessary would ask probing questions, oppose a lock-step attitude and actually represent the people.
Anne ran against deeply entrenched incumbent council member, Jeanne Harris, who has been on the council since 1997.
I’m not at all convinced that Vancouver citizens’ voices have been heeded in the past and a burgeoning budget deficit reflects that. All too often, council votes on matters supported by special interests and opposed by citizens, such as light rail and a new I-5 bridge replacement.
Millions of dollars of our tax money has been spent “studying” projects that have been voted down by the people in the past and that the current council will not bring back before the people.
Clark County Conservative proudly supports Anne McErney-Ogle to be selected for appointment to the Vancouver City Council. I feel she would be a much-needed dissenting voice from time to time.
Throughout the history of our nation, opposing views on matters came together for compromises that benefited “We The People” most and not extremes or special interests.
It was dissension that often found common ground and built the nation to greatness, not far left, far right or special interests that sought only obscene profit.