Using the slogan "building bridges across the aisle and across the river," Sam Kim has announced he will run as a Republican for the 17th Legislative District House seat being vacated by Rep. Lynda Wilson, R-Vancouver.
In Liz Pike's write-in campaign ads, one statement in particular had me going: "They both (Mike Dalesandro and Marc Boldt) want to take money from single mothers and hard-working parents every time they want to take their children to one of OUR parks!"
Today is Election Day, an opportunity for voters to express their preferences about how government conducts the business of the people. Ballots were sent out weeks ago, and they must be postmarked or dropped off by today.
Off-year elections frequently are regarded by the populace as an afterthought. In 2013, the most recent off-year election, 38 percent of registered Clark County voters bothered to turn in ballots -- a paltry total when compared with 80 percent for the presidential election of 2012 and with 51 percent for last year's midterm election.
We can appreciate the frustration Washington voters must be experiencing. Five times they have supported a requirement of a two-thirds legislative majority in order to pass tax increases -- a move born of a belief that state government doesn't give a hoot about restraining taxes -- and five times they have been overturned by either the Legislature or the courts.
The contest for Vancouver City Council Position 4 presents an easy decision for voters -- Bart Hansen should retain his seat on the council, and The Columbian's Editorial Board recommends a vote for Hansen in his race against political newcomer Justin Forsman.