Whatever happens Tuesday, the 2010 midterm election will change Clark County’s political landscape.
For the first time in a dozen years, voters will elect a new member of Congress to represent Southwest Washington, choosing between state Rep. Jaime Herrera, a 31-year-old Republican who has served three years in the Legislature, and 58-year-old Democrat Denny Heck, a successful business entrepreneur who served in the Legislature for eight years in the 1970s and 1980s.
Voters will fill two open seats in the Washington House of Representatives and decide whether to return three Democratic incumbents — two in the 49th District, one in the 17th — to the Legislature or replace then with Republicans.
Statewide, they’ll decide whether to return Democratic Sen. Patty Murray to the U.S. Senate for a fourth six-year term or send Republican Dino Rossi to Washington, D.C.
Clark County voted for Rossi in the 2004 and 2008 governor’s races, and like the 2004 contest, this year’s Senate race has been an expensive cliff-hanger that remains too close to call. Murray, who brought Vice President Joe Biden to Vancouver to campaign for her this month, was leading by 5 points in a new poll released Friday.
In local races, voters will choose a new member of the Vancouver City Council, a new Clark County prosecuting attorney and a new county assessor. They’ll decide whether to give Clark County Commissioner Steve Stuart a second full term and whether to keep incumbent Sheriff Garry Lucas and county treasurer Doug Lasher.