City of residence: Vancouver
Occupation: Owner of Quick Collect Inc., a health care collection agency
Campaign website: http://electharris.com
Major endorsements: Association of Washington Business, Washington State Medical Association, the Washington Education Association, Clark County Realtors
Money raised in campaign: $79,804
City of residence: Battle Ground
Occupation: electrical engineer and businessman
Campaign website: http://jimgizzi.com
Major endorsements: Former Clark County Commissioner Betty Sue Morris, former Vancouver Mayor Royce Pollard, former legislator Deb Wallace, Clark County Commissioner Steve Stuart, Washington Organization of Vocational Educators
Money raised in campaign: $44,459
First-term legislator Paul Harris, R-Vancouver, is defending his seat this fall from political newcomer Jim Gizzi, a Democrat. The two will face off in Clark County’s 17th District for the Position 2 House seat.
Harris and Gizzi disagreed on the Columbia River Crossing’s major points of contention during a recent visit with The Columbian’s editorial board. They also disagreed on ballot measures that would legalize recreational marijuana use and allow same-sex couples to marry. Ballots in the Nov. 6 general election will be mailed to voters on Oct. 15.
On the Columbia River Crossing, Gizzi said he supports the CRC, supports putting a light rail line on the bridge, and supports tolls to help pay for the project. The proposed $3.5 billion CRC project would replace the Interstate 5 Bridge, extend light rail to Clark College, and rebuild freeway interchanges on both sides of the Columbia River