In an age when much of the public is dissatisfied with politics and politicians, the idea that a lawmaker has "experience" can be a double-edged sword. But in the race for state representative from the 49th District, Position 1, it cuts only one way.
Brandon Vick is, we expect, ready for prime time in the Washington Legislature. While his first term in the House of Representatives was marked by the timidity of a rookie, Vick, R-Vancouver, has demonstrated the potential to become a more effective representative for his constituents.
Here is one way to look at a vote for Clark County Superior Court judge: If you or your child or a friend landed in court, what qualities would you hope to find in the presiding jurist? We're guessing that calm, approachable, reasoned, empathetic, and deliberate would be on the list. In other words, you would hope to wind up in the courtroom of Bernard Veljacic.
When two worthy candidates square off at election time, our political system and our community are strengthened. Providing voters with a choice between capable contenders can help reinforce the public's faith in government while improving the level of discourse and the quality of representation.
During his years as a Clark County Commissioner and then a state Senator, Craig Pridemore reached an important conclusion about working with others in the formation of public policy: "I think the most important thing is that you have quality of argument."
Cheers: Officials at Clark College have put the wraps on a major fundraising campaign, announcing that they have brought in $26.6 million. That far exceeds the goal of $20 million that accompanied the launch of the campaign five years ago, with the money earmarked for key teaching areas and scholarships.
During four years as Clark County Assessor, Peter Van Nortwick has compiled a notable list of accomplishments. For example, this year, for the first time in 24 years, the office has sent out property valuation notices before the stipulated deadline. For another example, property assessments coming from Van Nortwick's office have shown improved accuracy during his tenure.
So many factors point to Tony Golik as the right choice to remain as Clark County prosecutor that it is difficult to know where to begin. Suffice it to say that this might be the easiest decision for voters this election season.
The position of Clark County clerk might not be glamorous or garner many headlines, but it can play an important role in how a county functions. Charged with maintaining court records and ensuring that such records are accessible to the public, the clerk is essential to a well-oiled judicial system.
Cheers: Because we all had to suffer through years and years of depressing economic news over the past decade, we make no apologies for trumpeting good news whenever we hear it. So let it be noted that the latest numbers say Clark County's economy added 5,800 jobs over the 12 months ending in August. Even more important is that most of the gains came from sustainable, good-wage sectors: Trade, transportation, and utilities; professional and business services; and construction.