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A voter drops off his ballot at a Clark County ballot drop box in the Vancouver Mall parking lot Nov. 3, 2020.

Clark County voters have variety of offices, issues to address in Aug. 2 primary

A voter drops off his ballot at a Clark County ballot drop box in the Vancouver Mall parking lot Nov. 3, 2020.

July 24, 2022, 6:05am Clark County News

With a robust number of races and measures on the Aug. 2 primary election ballot, County Auditor Greg Kimsey is hoping for voter turnout around 40-45 percent. But if last year’s elections are anything to go by, Kimsey may be overestimating voters’ interest. Only 25 percent of eligible voters returned… Read story

The candidates for Clark County Council District 2 met with The Columbian's Editorial Board. The candidates are Michelle Belkot, top left, Chartisha Roberts, bottom left, and Kim Hamlik, bottom center.

3 say they’re up for challenge of serving on Clark County Councilvideo icon

The candidates for Clark County Council District 2 met with The Columbian's Editorial Board. The candidates are Michelle Belkot, top left, Chartisha Roberts, bottom left, and Kim Hamlik, bottom center.

July 24, 2022, 6:04am Clark County News

When District 2 Clark County Councilor Julie Olson announced in April that she would not seek reelection, three women filed to fill her seat. Read story

Oregon Metro Councilor Shirley Craddick worked on both the Interstate 5 Bridge Replacement Program and the Columbia River Crossing. She says trust among the sponsors is much higher this time around.

Interstate 5 Bridge project partners come with caveats

Oregon Metro Councilor Shirley Craddick worked on both the Interstate 5 Bridge Replacement Program and the Columbia River Crossing. She says trust among the sponsors is much higher this time around.

July 24, 2022, 6:04am Clark County News

Eight partners in the Interstate 5 Bridge Replacement Program have endorsed the master plan, moving the project to the environmental review phase. But the conditions that most of the partners placed on their approval illustrate sizeable gaps in how each stakeholder views the project, and foreshadow the delicacy and difficulty… Read story

John Horch, from left, Rey Reynolds and David Shook will be on the Aug. 8 primary ballot as candidates for Clark County sheriff.

Clark County sheriff candidates’ ideas differ

John Horch, from left, Rey Reynolds and David Shook will be on the Aug. 8 primary ballot as candidates for Clark County sheriff.

July 23, 2022, 3:31pm Clark County News

Clark County sheriff candidate Rey Reynolds says that if he is elected, he will act as a constitutional sheriff, meaning he wouldn’t enforce laws he decides are unconstitutional. Read story

Students gather in the cafeteria at View Ridge Middle School before school on May 4. Among the plans to alleviate overcrowding in Ridgefield schools would be the conversions of two extracurricular spaces at View Ridge -- the wrestling room and the Black Box Theatre -- into multiple new classroom spaces.

Voters to decide funding measures in Ridgefield, La Center schools

Students gather in the cafeteria at View Ridge Middle School before school on May 4. Among the plans to alleviate overcrowding in Ridgefield schools would be the conversions of two extracurricular spaces at View Ridge -- the wrestling room and the Black Box Theatre -- into multiple new classroom spaces.

July 22, 2022, 3:49pm Clark County News

While the 3rd Congressional District is sure to attract the spotlight in the upcoming Aug. 2 primary, funding measures in La Center and Ridgefield hold considerable weight for public schools in the north end of the county. Read story

A MAX Green Line train pulls into the Southeast Main Street station near Mall 205 in Portland.

Light rail’s history on the ballot in Clark County a complicated affair

A MAX Green Line train pulls into the Southeast Main Street station near Mall 205 in Portland.

July 22, 2022, 11:44am Clark County News

Light rail has appeared on the ballot three times in Clark County, although voters have never been directly asked if they want to extend TriMet’s light rail system into Vancouver. Read story

The Columbian's Editorial Board met with Clark County Council District 1 candidates Doug Coop, top right, Hector Hinojosa, center right, and Glen Yung, bottom left.

Clark County Council, District 1 candidates differ on public safety, homelessness response

The Columbian's Editorial Board met with Clark County Council District 1 candidates Doug Coop, top right, Hector Hinojosa, center right, and Glen Yung, bottom left.

July 22, 2022, 6:05am Clark County News

Democrat Temple Lentz’s announcement last April that she wouldn’t seek reelection to the Clark County Council caught her supporters off guard. Read story

U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., speaks at an event with President Joe Biden on April 22, 2022, in Auburn, Wash., south of Seattle. Murray is being challenged by Tiffany Smiley, a Republican from Pasco, Wash., in the upcoming election. (AP Photo/Ted S.

Sen. Murray seeks 6th term at new inflection point for women

U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., speaks at an event with President Joe Biden on April 22, 2022, in Auburn, Wash., south of Seattle. Murray is being challenged by Tiffany Smiley, a Republican from Pasco, Wash., in the upcoming election. (AP Photo/Ted S.

July 21, 2022, 8:39am Clark County Politics

Patty Murray was first elected to the U.S. Senate from Washington state in 1992 during the “Year of the Woman,” motivated to run for higher office in part by the contentious Clarence Thomas Supreme Court confirmation hearings. Read story

A Vancouver police officer tests a body-worn camera in late 2021. The department ultimately rejected the first camera in the trial.

Vancouver City Council backs public safety tax hike

A Vancouver police officer tests a body-worn camera in late 2021. The department ultimately rejected the first camera in the trial.

July 20, 2022, 6:02am Clark County News

The Vancouver City Council passed a resolution Monday expressing its support for a tax increase crafted to address public safety concerns. Read story

Candidates for Washington House 17th District, Position 1, met with The Columbian's Editorial Board on Monday. Candidates are Hannah Joy, top left, Kevin Waters, top right, Anthony Ho, bottom left and Terri Niles, bottom center.

Four candidates vie to fill 17th District seat Kraft is vacatingvideo icon

Candidates for Washington House 17th District, Position 1, met with The Columbian's Editorial Board on Monday. Candidates are Hannah Joy, top left, Kevin Waters, top right, Anthony Ho, bottom left and Terri Niles, bottom center.

July 20, 2022, 6:00am Clark County News

As state Rep. Vicki Kraft runs to represent Washington’s 3rd Congressional District — leaving her seat open in the Legislature — four hopefuls are campaigning to fill the role. Read story