Given his personal and professional experience, along with an engaging and insightful demeanor, independent Democrat Sam Kim is the best choice for state representative from the 17th District, Position 1.
With two experienced lawmakers facing off in a swing district and with no incumbent in the race, we expect that the contest for state senator in the 17th District will be highly competitive. We also expect that whichever candidate prevails will serve the district well. But for voters looking for a reason to lean one way or the other, The Columbian Editorial Board recommends Republican Lynda Wilson in her race against independent Democrat Tim Probst.
With November being the traditional election month in the United States, it might seem anachronistic to be discussing candidates in the middle of July. But, believe it or not, election season is here, with ballots for the Aug. 2 primary election on their way to registered voters.
To the uninitiated, running for public office is an eye-opening experience. It can be difficult to express political beliefs in a clear, engaging manner; it can be difficult to answer challenges to those beliefs.
If nothing else, the campaign for state Representative from the 17th District, Position 2, promises to be the most flamboyant on the local ballot. Republican Paul Harris is the incumbent and — to be honest — is quite likely to be re-elected. Yet it won’t be for a lack of boisterous efforts from his two opponents.
By measurements of qualifications, demeanor and support of policies that we believe are beneficial to Clark County, Democrat Annette Cleveland is deserving of a recommendation in her quest to remain state senator from the 49th Legislative District.
On what promises to be a transitional period for the Clark County council, Republican Jennifer McDaniel and Democrat Roman Battan are the strongest candidates to represent District 4 and help guide the county into the future.
Voters looking for an alternative on the Clark County council are in luck. Republican John Blom and Democrat Tanisha Harris are engaging in thoughtful, insightful campaigns that suggest either would be a worthy and impressive addition to the county’s governing board.
A race for Clark Public Utilities commissioner typically flies below the radar. One reason is that it is a nonpartisan contest, preventing fair-weather voters from punching a ticket for their preferred party. Another reason is that the utility company generally goes unnoticed unless the lights go out or there is a rate hike.
In a three-way primary race for state representative from the 18th District, Position 1, Republican Brandon Vick and Democrat Justin Oberg are the strongest candidates to advance to the general election.
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.