With just a few weeks left until the August 17th Primary, Republican candidates throughout Clark County are showing they mean business and stand the best chance in many years of winning many of the elections.
Calls from many Democrat voters that the GOP has died just 2 years ago seem to have been quite premature. From candidates seeking a seat in our state legislature to a seat on the Vancouver City Council, Republicans have amassed an impressive list of candidates, prepared to campaign hard and begin the long road to recovery from this economic morass we find ourselves in.
With little more than a couple exceptions, Republican candidates are reporting advances in their campaigns the likes of which we haven’t seen in many years.
Brent Boger stayed above the barbs between candidates George Kolin and Tony Golik, also vying for County Prosecutor.
Boger’s campaign continues to build momentum and he says that he has been enjoying meting people “who never knew the importance of the prosecutor’s office, but now realize how this important position greatly impacts their life.”
Amongst the several dozen endorsements Boger has received are Washington State Attorney General Rob McKenna and former Democratic opponent, Curt Wyrick.
Ann Rivers continues her commanding lead in the race to take over the seat being vacated by Jaime Herrera in the 18th Legislative District as her campaign reports she is nearing $50,000 in donations, far ahead of her nearest opponent.
Ann received some very favorable coverage in a recent Vancouver Business Journal article along with several Letters to the Editor touting her qualifications and experience.
Brandon Vick, a political novice, continues to run a clean campaign, building his chances and learning the ropes. It is doubtful he can catch Ann, but Brandon has been doing far better than Washougal council member Jon Russell, recently revealed to have been making what appears to be some very false claims on his qualifications.
I haven’t received any updates from Anthony Bittner in while, but I know he is out there building on his chances and learning the ropes while he seeks to energize the young people his age who traditionally have refrained from voting. He too will have a hard time catching Ann, but I think he will learn a lot in this race and if he sticks with it, be a factor in future races.
In the 17th Legislative District, both seats are in play this time and we have a candidate vying for each one. Brian Peck continues to build a head of steam in what looks like will be the tougher race for the position 1 seat currently held by first term Democrat, Tim Probst. Probst has a history of dirty politics as was seen in his run against Joseph James in the 2008 campaign, but Peck is not an easy man to rattle. A business owner, Peck has the knowledge and experience needed to help turn our state back to fiscal sanity and bring jobs back.
For position 2, the open seat being vacated by retiring Democrat Deb Wallace, Paul Harris is vying for the nomination against 2 Democrats. Harris, a businessman sees the bad habits in over spending and continually raising taxes that has repressed the economy for far too long now. Harris says, “Citizens in Southwest Washington deserve accountability and prudence in these difficult economic times from our elected officials.”
With Paul Harris, those are words we can believe in.
Both seats are up for challenge in the 49th Legislative District, each currently held by Democrats, Jim Jacks and Jim Moeller, both of whom signed off on every spending and tax increase we currently see driving our local economy further into bankruptcy.
Craig Riley, a local business owner with extensive experience in the Health Care Insurance Industry and managing his own business is running against Moeller, now dubbed ‘Candyman’ due to his efforts that slapped a new and confusing tax on candy, but only some candy.
Bill Cismar is bringing his extensive experience in the High Tech Industry and the US Air Force to run against another Democrat first termer, Jim Jacks, who seems to still be “listening and learning” as he votes lock-step with the party, giving little regard to the middle class workers out of work of barely keeping a job.
Both of these seats in the 49th have been held for a very long time by various Democrats and also promise to be tough races, but with the poor performance of both legislators currently holding them, we have the best chance we’ve had in several years to take both of them.
Peter Van Nortwick entered the race for County Assessor before Linda Franklin announced she was going to retire due to medical problems. Pete has been campaigning hard, building his campaign against late filers and just announced he has gained the endorsement of the Washington State Farm Bureau.
Clark County Commissioner, Steve Stuart, currently the lone Democrat on the commission, received a challenge from Republican businessman Alan Svehaug late on the final day of filing, ending Stuart’s chances for an easy reelection with no challenger. Alan is still building his campaign and we will be hearing much more out of him in the weeks ahead as we move towards the November elections.
John Jenkins shows promise in replacing Bart Hansen on the Vancouver City Council, who was appointed earlier this year to sit in the seat vacated by Tim Leavitt, who moved over to the Mayors chair.
Jenkins was the subject of a recent post on CCC, A Conservative for Vancouver City Council.
Scott Weber is running an unusual campaign for County Clerk as his desire, once elected, is to eliminate the office as an elected office and promises to push for Home Rule Charter to facilitate that.
My apologies if I missed a candidate. But, we have several campaigns running throughout Clark County at the local level that hold the promise of restoring some sanity to state government.
There are also Judge Positions with candidates who have a more conservative record that we should take into account. Although non-partisan, Supreme Court Justice Jim Johnson and Richard B. Sanders are running to retain their seats on the bench.
The Washington Court of Appeals, Division II, District Three sees Joseph Daggy hoping to secure a seat in the primary, August 17.
Republicans stand a very good chance of winning many of the elections shown above. We have the best list of candidates we have seen in many years, all bringing varied experience with them and knowledge on how to actually make tough decisions.
We are faced with some decisions of our own. We can continue as we are, sliding further and further in an economic, job killing morass by returning those to office who have played roles in bringing us to this point.
Or, we can look seriously at those challengers who have ideas and incumbents that have been opposing the current legislative actions that have brought us to the brink of bankruptcy.
Let’s choose wisely this time and vote in real “Hope and Change,” not “more of the same.”