The process to maybe, perhaps, possibly alter Clark County government enters its embryonic stage next week. In other words, there’s a long, long way to go, but a step will be taken toward the formation of a home rule charter with the start of the filing period for freeholder positions.The Columbian encourages readers to get involved in the process, either as informed citizens or as freeholder candidates.
Five freeholder spots from each of the three county commissioner districts will be selected in the Nov. 5 general election. Those 15 freeholders will conduct numerous public meetings, devise a proposal for changes to county government, seek approval from county commissioners, and then put the plan before voters. As we said, it’s a long process. But sea changes to government require due deliberation and thoughtful consideration.
Those wishing to be placed on the Nov. 5 ballot for consideration as freeholders can declare their candidacy in one of three ways:
o Apply in person at the Clark County Elections Department, 1408 Franklin St., Vancouver. In-person filing begins at 8 a.m. Aug. 5 and runs during office hours through 5 p.m. Aug. 9.
o Apply online at http://clarkvotes.org, between 9 a.m. Aug. 5 and 4 p.m. Aug. 9.