Archive for August 16th, 2011

August 16, 2011

Obama’s Magical Misery Tour

by lewwaters

A remake of an old classic, from much better times.

August 16, 2011

Vancouver City Council Primary, A Vote on Light Rail? (UPDATED)

by lewwaters

Early results of Vancouver’s City Council primary race indicate incumbent Pat Campbell trailing behind both of his challengers, Bill Turlay and Anne McEnerny-Ogle.

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Election Results

Both Bill Turlay and Anne McEnerny-Ogle take a more measured approach on extending Light Rail from Portland into Vancouver while Campbell has shown himself a staunch supporter of the project, ignoring the voices of citizens. Are Vancouver voters reflecting their desire once again to block extension of Light Rail by their vote on this city council race primary? Will the early count hold in the days ahead?

No one knows what lurks in the minds of voters, of course. But, as contentious as the Columbia River Crossing project has been, and citizen opposition to Light Rail coming over from Portland, there is a strong possibility of that playing a major factor in Campbell trailing two challengers after only one term.

Both Turlay and McEnerny-Ogle support replacing the aging bridge. But, they also have expressed a willingness to listen to citizens over the huge added cost of Portland’s MaxLine.

How the general election in November will pan out remains to be seen, but it definitely looks like at least one seat on the city council we will see a new face.

Will the other two incumbents up for reelection take heed?

Good luck to all in November.

UPDATE: As of 3:06;

Pat Campbell 5,067 31.32%.
Bill Turlay 5,599 34.61%.
Anne McEnerny-Ogle 5,382 33.27%.

The Columbian is now reporting, “Vancouver City Councilor Pat Campbell has been ousted from the general election by his two primary opponents, second-day election returns released Wednesday afternoon show.”

County Elections Supervisor Tim Likness says, “Only about 350 more ballots are expected to roll in countywide, of which about two-thirds will include the Vancouver race. It’s not likely Campbell can make up the difference. That one is basically over.”