The race for Position 3 on the Vancouver City Council presents an intriguing choice for voters in the Aug. 1 primary election. Three candidates are on the ballot, each with their own strengths and each able to state a case for why they should advance to the November general election.
Without strong management and a coherent vision, these could be precarious times for Evergreen Public Schools. Like all districts throughout Washington, the largest district in Clark County will be dealing with changes to school funding that were approved last week by the Legislature. Evergreen also is facing a changing of the guard, with John Steach taking over as superintendent for John Deeder, who is retiring.
For many years now, Vancouver has served as an example of a well-run city. That, of course, is a matter of opinion, but there is much evidence to support the assertion. City officials effectively weathered the Great Recession; they have poised the area for expansive growth; and they have imbued the state’s fourth-largest city with a vibrancy buoyed by a forward-thinking vision.
By sending an ambitious bond proposal to voters, leaders of Vancouver Public Schools are attempting to position their district for a robust future. The Columbian’s Editorial Board recommends that voters approve the measure in a special election that will conclude Feb. 14.
In an era marked by political divisions, Democratic Sen. Patty Murray has maintained a focus upon governing rather than partisan demagoguery. The Columbian’s Editorial Board recommends that Murray be returned to Washington, D.C., for a fifth term in office.
This year’s elections for the state Supreme Court represent a positive sign for our democracy. In 2014, four justices sought re-election, and two of them drew no challengers while the others were opposed only by fringe candidates. This year, three justices are on the ballot, with each of them facing qualified opponents.
Erin Jones is the kind of inspirational, enthusiastic, infectious leader who can make a palpable difference in the state’s education policy. The Columbian’s Editorial Board recommends a vote for Jones as state superintendent of public instruction.
During a time of turmoil for the insurance industry, Democrat Mike Kreidler remains the best person to serve as the state’s insurance commissioner. The Columbian’s Editorial Board recommends a vote for Kreidler in his race against Republican Richard Schrock.
The office of state Commissioner of Public Lands is a bit more complicated than it sounds. The commissioner leads the Department of Natural Resources, which manages more than 5 million acres of forests, controls the state’s largest fire department, and provides about $200 million each year to schools through timber sales and the leasing of resource rights.
Despite a dark and divisive presidential campaign, a glimmer of light is shining through: There is one candidate who has the experience, demeanor, and uplifting vision necessary to shepherd this nation toward a successful future. Democrat Hillary Clinton clearly is the best choice for president of the United States, and The Columbian’s Editorial Board recommends that voters support her.
By definition, the contest for Clark Public Utilities commissioner qualifies as a down-ballot race. Yet while it will not garner as much attention as, say, president, or U.S. senator, or governor, the role of utility commissioner has a daily impact on the lives of every Clark County resident.
Given the turmoil of the past four years in the state auditor’s office, a calm and steady hand is necessary to lead the department at this time. Because of that, The Columbian’s Editorial Board recommends a vote for Democrat Pat McCarthy in her race against Republican Mark Miloscia.
Pop quiz for Clark County residents. See if you can spot the glitch in the Voters’ Pamphlet summary for Initiative 1464 on the statewide ballot: “This measure would create a campaign-finance system; allow residents to direct state funds to candidates; repeal the nonresident sales-tax exemption; restrict lobbying employment by certain former public employees; and add enforcement requirements.”