Neighborhood activist to run again for Vancouver council

Anne McEnerny-Ogle made failed bid in 2009

By Andrea Damewood, Columbian staff writer

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Updated: June 2, 2011, 5:55 PM

 

Shumway Neighborhood Chairwoman Anne McEnerny-Ogle announced Thursday that she will run for the seat held by Vancouver City Councilor Pat Campbell.

McEnerny-Ogle, 57, also serves as the chair of the Vancouver Neighborhood Alliance, has been on the Shumway board for 16 years and is the vice-chair of the Clark County Museum Board.

She ran unsuccessfully against Councilor Jeanne Harris in 2009.

“I’m frustrated with the lack of progress on issues important to struggling families,” McEnerny-Ogle said in her campaign announcement. “My commitment to the people who live here is reflected in my 37 years of public service.”

Campbell, who has served one four-year term, has already announced that he will run to retain his seat, Position 6, on the city council. A third candidate, Bill Turlay, also filed with the state indicating he will run against Campbell as well. The candidates will face off in a primary election in August, with the top two candidates will face off in November.

A retired mathematics teacher, McEnerny-Ogle has been active in neighborhood groups for more than 15 years and served on Vancouver’s Planning Commission for five years, including as chairwoman. She said she is focused on the livability and safety of the neighborhoods, along with safeguards for children and the elderly.

McEnerny-Ogle said she also plans to focus her campaign on the economic struggles of the workers, families and small businesses in the city. She noted the importance of planning our the community’s future by working with residents and business’ owners that are here now.

McEnerny-Ogle said she supports the construction of the Interstate 5 bridge, however, she’s been critical of the light rail proposal and the lack of a reasonable financial plan. She served on the Governor’s I-5 Transportation and Trade Partnership Task Force in 2001 and 2002.

McEnerny-Ogle has lived in west Vancouver with her husband, Terry, for 31 years. Their son, John, is in Bellingham at college.

McEnerny-Ogle’s campaign website is at http://www.annecan.com.