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.
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.
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.
Vancouver voters are fortunate to have three solid choices in the Aug. 6 primary for city council Position 2: a 12-year incumbent and two well-prepared and enthusiastic challengers from the Hough neighborhood.
When Jack Burkman says, "I love Vancouver and I am honored to serve on the City Council," the sincerity in his voice is undeniable. And as he devotes countless hours to researching issues, listening to constituents and respectfully deliberating with his council colleagues, Burkman's assets as a public servant are clearly defined.In the Aug. 6 primary race for Vancouver City Council, Position 1, incumbent Burkman clearly is the best choice over three challengers with lackluster records of public service. Ballots will be mailed Wednesday.
Here are endorsements from The Columbian and major Washington state newspapers regarding president, governor and statewide initiatives. For complete editorials, visit the papers' websites. For The Columbian, go to http://www.columbian.com/opinion.