The contest for Clark County Council representative from District 1 presents a new opportunity for voters. This marks the first time residents in the district — most of which lies within the city of Vancouver west of Interstate 205 — will select their own councilor. Before implementation of the home rule charter approved by voters in 2014, all members of the board were selected in a countywide vote.
n the primary election for state representative from the 17th Legislative District, Position 1, coming up with a recommendation for voters is rather simple. And when it comes to the general election, the guess here is that the choice for most voters will be simple, as well.
While Vancouver is a well-run, thriving city, there are some pressing issues. Dealing with homelessness and a lack of affordable housing, playing a role in transportation upgrades and setting an agenda that will bolster the economy all come under the purview of the city council.
Clark County voters have a little more than two weeks to mail or drop off ballots before the Nov. 7 election. But why wait? The Columbian urges all eligible residents to partake in the civic duty that forms the foundation of our representative democracy.
As problems go, voters in the Vancouver Public Schools district are faced with a good one. The race for Position 3 on the school board features two strong candidates who are capable of being effective and forward-thinking board members.
This is a time of transition and growth for Vancouver Public Schools, a situation that calls for a steady hand on the district’s board of directors. Because of that, The Columbian’s Editorial Board recommends a vote for Mark Stoker to remain on the board as representative for Position 2.
Each candidate for Vancouver City Council, Position 3, has selling points that bolster her candidacy. After weighing those strengths — along with the contestants’ weaknesses — The Columbian’s Editorial Board recommends a vote for Linda Glover.
Regardless of the outcome in November’s election, Position 5 on the board for Evergreen Public Schools will remain in good hands. While both candidates are well-informed and capable of being effective board members, The Columbian’s Editorial Board recommends Ginny Gronwoldt for the position.
Because of her clear vision for the future of the district and her expansive knowledge of public education, The Columbian’s Editorial Board recommends a vote for Julie Bocanegra for Position 1 on the board of Evergreen Public Schools.