Builders, Realtors endorse Boldt

Trade groups cite commissioner's role as an advocate

By Stephanie Rice, Columbian Vancouver city government reporter

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Two of Clark County's largest trade organizations have endorsed Clark County Commissioner Marc Boldt, a Hockinson Republican seeking his third term.

Avaly Mobbs, executive director of the Building Industry Association of Clark County, on Monday cited Boldt's proven leadership, his deserved reputation as a coalition-builder and his strong advocacy for the building industry.

The Clark County Association of Realtors has also endorsed Boldt, said Terry Wollam, a broker with Re/Max Equity Group and president of the organization's government affairs committee.

Wollam said Boldt has always been accessible and an advocate for affordable housing as well as quality-of-life amenities.

The Clark County Association of Realtors has 1,318 members.

The BIA of Clark County has 550 members, representing more than 10,000 employees.

Boldt represents District 2, which includes most of Vancouver east of Interstate 205 and all of east county.

District 1

Neither group endorsed Clark County Commissioner Tom Mielke or any of Mielke's District 1 challengers.

Mielke, a Battle Ground Republican, faces Battle Ground Democrat Ron Barca, Battle Ground independent Bob Freund, Ridgefield Democrat Joe Tanner and Ridgefield Republican Darren Wertz.

District 1 includes parts of Hazel Dell and all of north county.

Wollam and Mobbs said they will wait until after the Aug. 7 primary to endorse in the District 1 race.

Wollam said that, other than Boldt, the only candidate the Realtors group gave a pre-primary endorsement was state Sen. Don Benton, R-Vancouver.

Boldt faces Camas Democrat Roman Battan, Vancouver independent Pat Campbell and Vancouver Republican David Madore.

Candidates run districtwide in the primary.

The top two finishers will advance to the Nov. 6 general election, where they run countywide.

Clark County commissioners earn $102,228 a year.

Stephanie Rice: 360-735-4508 or stephanie.rice@columbian.com.