Agree with him or not, Jim Moeller rarely leaves any doubt about where he stands on the issues. Moeller, D-Vancouver, is straightforward and thoughtful while working toward solutions for the state's problems, and the people of the 49th Legislative District have elected him six times as a state representative.
From the start of his campaign, Shane Gardner has demonstrated many of the attributes that should be expected in Clark County's top law-enforcement official, and those attributes have only been strengthened in recent weeks. Because of that, The Columbian recommends a vote for Gardner in his race against Chuck Atkins for Clark County sheriff. As always, this is merely a recommendation. We expect voters to study the issues and the candidates and decide for themselves who would best serve and protect the public.
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."
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.
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.