Archive for April 17th, 2012

April 17, 2012

Democrat Tim Probst to Run Against Republican Don Benton in the 17th

by lewwaters

Looks like Democrats feel their years long bashing of Republican State Senator Don Benton, with the willing assistance of the Columbian, is ready for the pay off, with Democrat Representative Tim Probst announcing a run against Benton.

While there are no guarantees in politics, Benton has a strong record of holding his seat, which may come as a surprise to 49th district Rep. Jim Moeller who chimed in,

“Benton won by only 1% (I’m sure you will look it up and give us the official figure, Lew) last time against a complete unknown and untested candidate! Take the senate seat of the 17th back from the Republicans!”

I felt no need to give exact numbers to Jim in the Columbian comments, in part because I hate to see a grown man cry. But, his assessment of the results are a tad low. In four elections for the Senate and one for the House, Don Benton won with,

2008 Senate

Don Benton 29,426 51.08% 29,426
David Carrier 28,111 48.80% 28,111

Difference of 2.28% 1,315 votes

2004 Senate

Paul Waadevig 23,193 43.96%
Don Benton 29,563 56.04%

Difference of 12.08% 6,370 votes

2000 Senate

Lou Peterson 26028 46.9%
Don Benton 29436 53.1%

Difference of 6.2% 3,435 Votes

1996 Senate

Shirley A. Galloway 23,513 49.04%
Don Benton 24,430 50.96%

Difference of 1.92% 917 Votes

1994 House

Jim Davis 14,099 44.07%
Don Benton 17,893 55.93%

Difference of 11.86% 3,794 Votes

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April 17, 2012

Pat Campbell Throws His Tattered Hat In The Ring For County Commission

by lewwaters

At first I thought I was reading a political spoof when I read the Columbian’s article, Former Vancouver councilor to run for county commission Pat Campbell to challenge Boldt, Madore, newcomer, but see that Pat, who didn’t even get passed the primaries in last years’ elections, lost his city council seat after one term.

I lost my smile when I read and saw he is serious, though.

Reading through the article, it is obvious that someone is terrified that conservative successful businessman, David Madore, a well educated opponent to the current CRC project is also running for the seat currently held by Marc Boldt, a strong supporter of the CRC as designed.

Boldt, who was elected as a Republican, has come under the scorn of Republicans throughout the county for his siding with Liberal Democrat commissioner, Steve Stuart so often, more often than he supports conservative Republican commissioner, Tom Mielke, covered by this blog here and here.

And now, Pat Campbell, also a strong supporter of the CRC, feels he should try to fill Boldt’s seat?

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