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.
The three-person primary race for the representative from Washington's 3rd Congressional District presents a sharp contrast in philosophies that gives voters a variety of choices. The Columbian recommends that Republican Jaime Herrera Beutler and Democrat Bob Dingethal advance to the general election.
As a longtime businessman, community leader, school board member, and now state representative, Paul Harris has served the 17th Legislative District well for many years. The Republican, who is seeking a third term in the Legislature, has earned strong consideration for advancing through the primary to the general election in the race for the district's Position 2 representative.
Sharon Wylie over the years has served as a lobbyist, as a government relations officer for Clark County, as an Oregon state representative, and now as representative from Washington's 49th legislative district. Some people who long for a shake-up in government might view that résumé as a negative, but that experience sets Wylie apart from her challengers in this summer's primary.
Ideally, elections present voters with diverse choices representing a broad spectrum of interests and opinions. With that in mind, The Columbian endorses Democrat Jim Moeller and Republican Carolyn Crain in the primary race for state representative from the 49th District, Position 2.
Clark Public Utilities has attained a performance level that all public agencies and governments should aspire to match, yet there always is room for improvement. Because of that, The Columbian's Editorial Board endorses incumbent Byron Hanke and challenger Jane Van Dyke in the primary race for Clark Public Utilities commissioner from District No. 3.
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.
How's that old joke go? Something about asking whether ignorance or apathy is the bigger problem, and the answer is, "I don't know and I don't care." Ha! That's always a knee-slapper — at least as far as political humor goes. But there apparently is nothing funny about the expected turnout for today's primary election in Clark County.
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.
For several judicial races, the Aug. 7 primary is not a primary at all but a decisive event. Different rules apply in these races. Those rules are complicated and vary between local and state levels. But basically, any judicial candidate who receives a majority of votes in this primary (ballots were mailed Wednesday) will be declared the winner of the election. With that in mind, here are The Columbian's endorsements for judicial races:Superior Court Judge, Dept. 2: By his conduct in and out of the courtroom, Judge John Wulle's self-inflicted wounds have rendered him unworthy of being returned by voters to the bench he has occupied for 12 years. Challenger David Gregerson offers a composed demeanor and enough experience as a judge pro tempore to earn The Columbian's endorsement.
Jaime Herrera Beutler continues to strengthen her political bona fides as she nears the end of her first term in Congress. An independent streak that enables her to occasionally step beyond the Republican Party consensus has been refreshing in the bitterly partisan Congressional arena. Her laser focus on "what's best for the people of the district" reminds her constituents in the 3rd Congressional District that they are her boss.The Camas Republican is The Columbian's lone endorsement in the Aug. 7 primary because of her strengths, plus her two opponents' weaknesses. Neither Jon Haugen, a Vancouver Democrat, nor Norma Jean Stevens, an Ocean Park libertarian, is gaining any meaningful traction in this campaign.