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.
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.
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.
Washington’s deadly force law needs to be changed. But while the state has what critics decry as the nation’s weakest accountability measures for law enforcement, Initiative 940 is not the proper path for fixing a broken system.
In the race for Vancouver City Council, Pos. 1, it is easier to see the similarities between the candidates than it is to find differences. But while both contenders are well-qualified, The Columbian’s Editorial Board recommends Laurie Lebowsky for the position.
Democrat Carolyn Long is an insightful, engaged and energetic candidate. The Columbian’s Editorial Board recommends that voters elect Long as congressional representative from Washington’s 3rd District.