It would be difficult to argue that residents of Washington's 18th Legislative District didn't get their money's worth during Brandon Vick's first term in Olympia. Vick sits on six legislative committees, including some key groups that deal with the state's financing, and he rightly boasts that he did not miss any votes during the 2013 and 2014 sessions.
While Clark County voters will be electing a new sheriff for the first time in decades, The Columbian Editorial Board is confident the Sheriff's Office will remain in good hands. With Garry Lucas retiring after 24 years on the job, four candidates with vast law enforcement experience are seeking the position.
The three-person primary race for the representative from Washington's 3rd Congressional District presents a sharp contrast in philosophies that gives voters a variety of choices. The Columbian recommends that Republican Jaime Herrera Beutler and Democrat Bob Dingethal advance to the general election.
As a longtime businessman, community leader, school board member, and now state representative, Paul Harris has served the 17th Legislative District well for many years. The Republican, who is seeking a third term in the Legislature, has earned strong consideration for advancing through the primary to the general election in the race for the district's Position 2 representative.
Sharon Wylie over the years has served as a lobbyist, as a government relations officer for Clark County, as an Oregon state representative, and now as representative from Washington's 49th legislative district. Some people who long for a shake-up in government might view that résumé as a negative, but that experience sets Wylie apart from her challengers in this summer's primary.
Ideally, elections present voters with diverse choices representing a broad spectrum of interests and opinions. With that in mind, The Columbian endorses Democrat Jim Moeller and Republican Carolyn Crain in the primary race for state representative from the 49th District, Position 2.
Clark Public Utilities has attained a performance level that all public agencies and governments should aspire to match, yet there always is room for improvement. Because of that, The Columbian's Editorial Board endorses incumbent Byron Hanke and challenger Jane Van Dyke in the primary race for Clark Public Utilities commissioner from District No. 3.
Endorsements in political races are a long-standing tradition in which newspapers express their opinions. Ideally, they raise the level of discussion, but in the end voters are entrusted to make up their own minds. With ballots scheduled to go out to Clark County voters starting today, here is a recap of The Columbian's endorsements for the Nov. 5 general election
The "public's right to know" can be a powerful and important selling point for an initiative, but Initiative 522 is a clumsy, clunky effort that diminishes the measure's benefits. The statewide initiative should be rejected by voters in the Nov. 5 election.
While the initiative process is vital to a thriving democracy, Initiative 517 would go too far in expanding protection for signature gatherers at the expense of other's rights. We urge a "no" vote on this statewide ballot measure.
At its heart, Clark County's move toward a home rule charter and the election of freeholders is grass-roots politics at the ground level. A total of 110 candidates are on the Nov. 5 ballot for 15 positions on a board that will draft a proposed new county charter, meaning the odds are fairly high that the list includes your neighbor or your friend or that person you always see at the grocery store. There are state senators and former mayors on the ballot, plus citizens who have never ventured into the political arena (for information about the candidates, go to the top of Columbian.com and visit "Must Clicks" or type in
There is, as spelled out by the Founding Fathers more than 200 years ago, a difference between direct democracy and representative democracy. Rather than establish a direct democracy — one in which the citizenry votes on governmental decisions both enormous and miniscule — this nation's founders had the foresight to create a representative democracy in which elected representatives vote on behalf of the people.
Three positions for the Vancouver City Council are on the docket for the Nov. 5 election -- ballots will be mailed Oct. 16 — and the choices appear to be clear for voters. Each of the matchups features one candidate who was endorsed by The Columbian for the August primary that reduced each race to a final two candidates, and those contenders have retained their sterling credentials.
The purpose of any job worth doing is not necessarily the winning of awards, but recognition from peers can be a testament to a job well done. Because of that, Kathy Gillespie has earned The Columbian's endorsement for another term on the Board of Directors for Vancouver Public Schools.
It is a question of vision, of foresight, of being able to look into the future and consider Vancouver's place in the world. And it is those traits that lead The Columbian to endorse Tim Leavitt as he seeks a second term as mayor of the city.