Cy being in tune with issues facing Washington state and by supporting policies that will help create a prosperous future for all Americans, Democrat Maria Cantwell has earned a fourth term in the United States Senate. The Columbian Editorial Board recommends a vote for Cantwell to continue her vital work in Washington, D.C.
For the first time since 1982, local voters will be putting somebody new in the office of Clark County treasurer. The Columbian’s Editorial Board recommends Alishia Topper as the best candidate to maintain the stability and efficiency of the office.
oters in the 18th District have two solid candidates to choose from as they consider how to fill an open seat in the Legislature. The Columbian’s Editorial Board believes Democrat Kathy Gillespie is the superior candidate for state representative, position 2, and recommends her for the job.
Cheers: To The Portland Loo. The new Vancouver Waterfront Park includes the latest innovation in public toilets. That might not be the kind of thing a city highlights in tourism brochures, but it sounds like a good idea. The facilities have graffiti-proof walls, blue lights that stymie intravenous drug users, and open grates that reveal whether the loo is occupied but still offer privacy for somebody inside.
In a contest between two strong candidates, The Columbian’s Editorial Board recommends incumbent Republican Brandon Vick for re-election as state representative from the 18th Legislative District, Position 1.
During eight years in the Legislature, Rep. Paul Harris has been a thoughtful lawmaker who tempers his conservative beliefs with a welcome dose of pragmatism. The Columbian’s Editorial Board recommends that the Republican be re-elected as representative from the 17th District, Position 2.
For most voters in the 17th Legislative District, the choice for state representative, Position 1, will be relatively easy. Democrat Tanisha Harris and Republican incumbent Vicki Kraft are strong candidates who offer sharp contrasts in ideology.
Because of her vast experience in the community and her understanding of local issues, The Columbian’s Editorial Board recommends Republican incumbent Julie Olson in the race for Clark County councilor from District 2. As always, this is merely a recommendation; The Columbian trusts that voters will study the candidates and make an informed decision.
Despite being a first-time candidate for office, Democrat Temple Lentz demonstrates the kind of thoughtful and energetic leadership necessary to prepare Clark County for a prosperous future. The Columbian’s Editorial Board recommends that voters support Lentz in the race for Clark County councilor from District 1.
It can be difficult for a political newcomer to make a case for why the public should hire them, particularly for a high-profile position such as Clark County Council chair. But Democrat Eric Holt has managed to do that, earning the recommendation of The Columbian’s Editorial Board.
Cheers: To sprucing up. Downtown Vancouver has received a bit of a face-lift, with the unveiling of Vancouver Waterfront Park, Grant Street Pier, and a new welcome sign at one of the city’s primary gateways. While the waterfront development has received much attention, the new sign at the corner of Sixth and C streets is a less grandiose change but will be seen by thousands of people each day.
Opponents of Initiative 1631, which would place a fee on carbon emitters in Washington, have taken aim at the fact that the TransAlta coal-fired plant in Centralia would be exempt from the fee. While the TransAlta issue is more complex than critics would lead voters to believe, it does raise questions about the proposed carbon fee.
The article “Paper mill land to become green space” (Sept. 24, The Columbian) left something important out. Georgia-Pacific threatened to remove the dams and drain Round Lake in order to bully Camas into taking its polluted mill ditch. According to the final agreement, the city can’t use the space’s groundwater for drinking or “for any school, day care center or any similar use by or for children.”