Vancouver police guild endorses Golik in race

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Clark County Prosecutor Tony Golik has been endorsed by the Vancouver Police Officers Guild, which cited his emphasis on prosecuting elder- and child-abuse crimes among reasons he received the group's support.

"You have demonstrated a commitment to our most vulnerable citizens," read the letter, which Golik received Friday.

Golik is seeking his second four-year term.

Golik started at the Clark County Prosecuting Attorney's Office in 2000 and became a major crimes deputy prosecutor in 2004.

He worked in the major crimes unit until he was elected in 2010, and the guild also cited Golik's history of holding "violent criminals responsible for their actions."

Golik, a Democrat, faces Republican candidate Josephine Townsend.

The primary election is Tuesday.

Clark County Sheriff Garry Lucas and local police chiefs have also endorsed Golik, as have former Prosecutor Art Curtis and retired Superior Court judges.

"I'm very honored to receive the endorsement of the Vancouver Police Officers Guild," Golik said.

"I look forward to continuing to serve in cooperation with the Vancouver police officers to keep Clark County a safe and prosperous place to live and work."