Posts tagged ‘Adrian Cortes’

September 26, 2013

Allegations Fly in Battle Ground

by lewwaters

BattleGroundCitySeal-300x297Battle Ground, Washington, the small town northeast of Vancouver may not have seen a historic battle, but they have no shortage of battles when it comes to elections and keeping citizens entertained, often just shaking their heads.

The latest involves City Council Member and former Mayor Michael Ciraulo over a campaign fundraising event, a ‘Poker Night’ that was held on September 14, 2013 at Galeotti’s Restaurant and claims of it being in violation of Washington State Gambling Law.

A citizen complaint sent to Battle Ground City Manager, John Williams alleged the event, “did not have [the proper] gambling license as mandated by the State of Washington.”

The complaint further alleges, “The City of Battle Ground prohibits card rooms inside the city limits. Chapter 9.26 Public Card rooms (Ordinance 598s2, 1987), contact had been made with the Gambling Commission and the Commission had an ‘open and active’ investigation ongoing due to previous complaints filed by others.”

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August 24, 2012

Adrian Cortes Reenters 18th District Race.

by lewwaters

In a Press Release received from the Adrian Cortes Campaign, it is announced that Cortes is reentering the race he withdrew from earlier.

Adrian Cortes at (360) 608-3513


Battle Ground City Councilman and businessman, Adrian Cortes, announced his re-entry into the race for the 18th District State House Position One. Cortes, a Republican, said “I looked at the primary results as well as the outcome of the appointment process, and the large amount of daily calls, texts and e-mails from supporters asking me to reconsider; it became clear to me that the people want another choice.”

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June 7, 2012

Adrian Cortes to Withdraw from 18th District Race

by lewwaters

Received in email today

June 7th, 2012

For Immediate Release
Adrian Cortes

Adrian Cortes to withdraw from campaign for State Representative for the 18th legislative district position 01.

For immediate release

Adrian Cortes

Candidate for State Representative, 18th legislative district, Position 01

Ph. 360-608-3513

Battle Ground, Washington, June 8th, 2012

On May 18th, I was encouraged by the Honorable Senator Joe Zarelli to run for legislative office. After only a short amount of deliberation, I decided to step up to serve given that no one else had done so; things have changed. Now there are two Republicans running for the same Representative seat.

After giving it some very serious thought, I recognize that my current schedule cannot support the huge time demands that waging a legislative campaign would take. With a demanding schedule that includes (most importantly) my family, work, college studies, and a serious commitment to my role as a councilmember in the city of Battle Ground; my priorities remain local.

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September 16, 2011

Battle Ground City Council Races Heating Up

by lewwaters

Battle Ground, Washington continues to grow and along with that growth comes controversial elections and candidates. Even though Battle Ground still retains some of that small town flavor, controversies and questionable acts by candidates becomes public knowledge.

Three seats are in play this election and two of them seem to be plagued with controversy.

Shane Bowman is again trying to win a seat on the Battle Ground city council. He filed to run against Phil Haberthur for position 2. In 2009 he lost to incumbent Bill Ganley by over 9%.

I’ve never met Shane and have only met Phil once briefly at a council meeting. Phil has an informative campaign website here and seems to have a pretty decent record on council. He also received the honor of delivering the State of the City Address in Mayor Ciraulo’s absence this year and by all accounts, filled in very well.

I’ve never met Shane Bowman and cannot find a webpage for his campaign. In fact, strangely enough I find very little on him anywhere, considering this is at least his second run for city council in Battle Ground. I find only mentions in the Columbian of him filing for another run, advancing to the general and scheduled to attend a recent campaign function for Battle Ground city council member Paul Zandamela who is also the subject of more controversy.

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December 2, 2010

Battle Ground to Host Attorney General Rob McKenna

by lewwaters

After nearly a year of effort, Washington State Attorney General, Rob McKenna, thought by many to be our next Republican candidate for Governor, is scheduled to be speaking in the city of Battle Ground on January 6, 2011.

McKenna will be speaking before the Battle Ground Chamber of Commerce during their regular meeting/lunch already scheduled on that day, Chamber Board member & Chair of the Battle Ground Planning Commission Adrian Cortes has announced.

In the announcement Cortes says, “Mr. McKenna will arrive at Battle Ground City Hall at 11:15a and be greeted by myself, Mayor Michael Ciraulo and City Manager John Williams. He will then be taken on a 40 min ‘tour of the city.’ At 12:25p he will speak at the Battle Ground Community Center, until he departs at 1p sharp.”

McKenna is expected to speak on the business climate in Washington State, which we all know is suffering currently under this severe economic downturn we have become mired in as well as other subjects of importance to our state, the citizens of Battle Ground and Clark County.

All too often, the city of Battle Ground falls under the shadow of the larger city of Vancouver to the South. Washington State 17th Attorney General agreeing to appear and speak is a strong acknowledgement not only of the growth of Battle Ground, but of the importance of the community to Clark County and Washington State.

Pre-registration will be required and in the days ahead, those desiring to attend will be provided a link on the Battle Ground Chambers website HERE.

I hope all who desire will take advantage of this opportunity to see and hear who may very well be our next Governor speak.