Posts tagged ‘Brent Boger’

May 14, 2012

Delegate Vote Challenge in the 18th District Rebutted

by lewwaters

It comes as no surprise that the legal challenge launched, seeking the voiding of the delegates chosen in the 2012 Clark County GOP convention for the 18th Legislative District, amid allegations of irregularities and fraud was not well received by same, most notably the Ron Paul supporters who came out in the majority on delegates and face the danger of not being seated in the State GOP Convention to be held in Tacoma.

As I showed in the previous post, Delegate Vote Challenged, 18th District Could Lose All GOP Delegates, supporters of candidate Mitt Romney were not pleased with the convention outcome and have cried foul to the WSRP, launching the effort to void the delegates selected in the 18th Legislative District.

In a continuance of the exceptional organizational skills seen in Paul’s supporters, that was used to discover the weaknesses in the system and legally exploit them to their advantage, Washington state co-chair for the Ron Paul campaign and Clark County Delegation Chair, Katja Delavar has fired back, along with her husband, former Washougal City Council Member Michael Delavar both drafting their own rebuttals to the challenge and to be sent to the WSRP, here and here.

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May 14, 2012

Delegate Vote Challenged, 18th District Could Lose All GOP Delegates

by lewwaters

The fiasco known as the 2012 Clark County GOP Convention may be over, but the results of it are far from done. Irregularities and questionable delegate votes has prompted at least 2 Mitt Romney supporters, who were credentialed delegates from the earlier caucuses to challenge to delegate selection in the 18th Legislative District where Romney, who won the caucus straw poll, ended up with very few delegates, while Ron Paul who didn’t fare well in the caucus came out with the majority of delegates to the state convention.

Much finger pointing and blaming of each other followed the close of the convention that ended up with Clark County Republicans only being able to send 75 delegates and no alternates to the state convention in Tacoma, instead of the allotted 94 delegates and 94 alternates.

There is not much sense in rehashing the blame game here as from where I sit it appears everybody had a share in the blame.

Ron Paul supporters initially received much of the blame, seeing the previously announced “caucus strategy” unfold all across the state and given that he ended up with the bulk of selected delegates after doing poorly in the caucus straw poll.

Clark County GOP Chair Brandon Vick ended up accepting blame for the fiasco.

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November 4, 2010

Lou Brancaccio and Chicago Bullying Tactics?

by lewwaters

UPDATED after post

Week after week, Republican Brent Boger, losing candidate for Clark County Prosecutor faced the scorn and biased slapping handed out by Vancouver’s bankrupt newspaper, the Columbian. After a reluctant co-endorsement in the primary election, I just can’t recall a kind or even handed word published about Mr. Boger, a Senior Assistant City Attorney.

For whatever reason, Boger lost the race to Democrat Tony Golik.

You would think the Columbian would be happy the candidate they backed easily won the election and move on, but not so in regards to Managing Editor Lou Brancaccio who seems unable to resist taking pot-shots at others in our area.

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October 28, 2010

Mysterious Trees Make News, Allegations Against Tony Golik Do Not

by lewwaters

Wednesdays headline in the Columbian blared how one man is upset over how a line of trees block his view from the road of an area of Salmon Creek that is much like a swamp. We are led to believe that the 400 Ft. line of trees just mysteriously appeared, suddenly. We are led to believe this is news of supreme importance to the community.

Meanwhile, we are days away from selecting who will replace retiring Art Curtis as County Prosecutor and the Columbian barely notes that one candidate, Tony Golik, the Democrat of their choice, has allegations of Prosecutorial Misconduct pending from a previous felony case.

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October 25, 2010

Boger Calls on Golik to Respond to Allegations of Prosecutorial Misconduct

by lewwaters

A Press Release received today from the Brent Boger campaign calling upon his opponent, Democrat Tony Golik to respond to the allegations of Prosecutorial Misconduct currently pending.

Press Release: For Immediate Release

CLARK COUNTY PROSECUTING ATTORNEY CANDIDATE BRENT BOGER CALLS ON TONY GOLIK TO RESPOND TO THE PROSECUTORIAL MISCONDUCT ALLEGATIONS

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October 24, 2010

Columbian Remains Mum on Allegations Against Democrat Tony Golik

by lewwaters

In a follow-up release from Clark County GOP’s earlier October 13 notice of serious allegations of Prosecutorial Misconduct against Democratic candidate Tony Golik, running for Clark County Prosecutor, party chair Ryan Hart questions why the newspaper of record for Clark County, does not mention the allegations raised by Seattle attorney Neil Fox in Clark County Superior Court.

Hart mentions the Columbian’s response of “The official position of the Columbian is that they will not report the allegations until the judge has made a ruling.” Apparently, that is their “official position” only when allegations are raised against a Democrat candidate they have endorsed.

Hart rightfully notes the recent revelation in the Columbian of unproven allegations against the conservative group opposing tolling of a new I-5 Bridge to defray the cost of adding light rail to the project, NoTolls.com.

Complaint filed against NoTolls.com

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October 23, 2010

Clark County Needs Brent Boger as County Prosecutor

by lewwaters

November 2 is rapidly approaching and we have several candidates running for various offices. One, County Prosecutor due to our long time Prosecutor, Art Curtis, retiring. I have written before that I support and will vote for Brent Boger, Republican instead of Tony Golik, Democrat.

Party affiliation is not why I chose Boger, but because he continually shows he has ideas to reform and improve the County Prosecutor’s office, while Tony Golik basically sees no problems there, in spite of our violent crime increasing in Clark County recently. As you will see in the video below, Brent Boger, without a lot criminal prosecution experience, realizes there is a great deal more to the office than plea bargaining simple crime cases or even prosecuting crimes in a trial.

Additionally Tony Golik currently is facing allegations of prosecutorial misconduct that if confirmed, could result in a guilty criminal being freed. He continues to make light of it, claiming every prosecutor faces such charges. Not so. While appeals are frequent, allegations of prosecutorial misconduct is not.

Is campaigning to climb the ladder in the Prosecutor’s Office more important to Tony Golik than addressing such serious allegations?

It’s time for a change all throughout local government in Clark County and that change can be with someone from the outside coming in to run the Prosecutors Office.

That someone is Brent Boger

October 13, 2010

Tony Golik, the Columbian and Their Partisan Cheap Shots

by lewwaters

That our friends on the editorial staff at the Columbian prefer Democrats predominantly is no huge secret. While they do endorse a few Republicans from time to time, as they are doing with Dino Rossi against incumbent Patty Murray for U.S. Senator and Ann Rivers in the 18th Legislative District seat being vacated by Jaime Herrera, by and large they usually favor a Democrat candidate.

It is no different in their selection of County Deputy Prosecutor Tony Golik over City Attorney Brent Boger to replace retiring County Prosecutor, Art Curtis. Golik has gained the endorsement of Art Curtis, public unions and several criminal defense attorneys while Boger has gained endorsements from Washington State Attorney General Rob McKenna, Washington Secretary of State Sam Reed, Numerous state legislators and two former Vancouver Mayors.

Both have the backing of numerous citizens and I assume both have good legal records and experience. Golik came out slightly ahead in the primary vote count.

That’s why I see no reason he had to resort to taking cheap shots at Brent Boger with the willing help of the Columbian when they ran the Political Beat blog piece Prosecutor plays detective, tries to find opponent, Deputy prosecutor says opponent hasn’t shown up for debates.

Golik lays claim that Boger is not showing up for scheduled debates and forums. That’s not exactly true, though. Golik fails to mention that Boger fell ill for one and did not agree to another as they had already held Bench and Bar forums 4 times.

Golik is caught playing with the truth and twisting it into an uncalled for cheap shot instead of just running on issues. In all, Boger and Golik have held 7 joint appearances and still have two to go, one before the NAACP and another before the League of Women Voters.

That’s as many appearances as we will receive from the Third Congressional District and the U.S. Senate race combined!

Is this how Golik draws attention away from allegations of his own Prosecutorial Misconduct?

In a Press Release issued today, October 13, 2010 by the Clark County GOP, we read of Seattle attorney Neil Fox filing a motion in Clark County Superior Court to vacate the conviction of a Dino Constance, citing Prosecutorial Misconduct on the part of County Deputy Prosecutor Tony Golik in a case he prominently posts on his personal blog site, “State v Constance Cause No. 07-1-00843-8” that was reported on HERE and HERE.

The Prosecutorial Misconduct cited by attorney Neil Fox includes,

1. Tony Golik did not reveal, as required by law, the full criminal histories, outstanding warrants, and pending criminal charges of four key witnesses at trial.

2. For example, Golik did not disclose that prosecution witness, Zachary Brown, had reached a deal with prosecutors that no contact orders protecting a woman would be dropped. Brown’s testimony was only relevant to the less serious charge of solicitation for assault. Brown’s deal was reached over the objections of Brown’s community corrections officer. Golik was present during a witness interview when Brown mentioned the no contact orders and Golik did not disclose the prosecution’s assistance in getting them lifted. Brown also had pending drug charges that were not pursued, a fact which was not disclosed to the defense as required by law.

3. According to the motion, subsequent to lifting of the no contact orders, Brown assaulted the woman the orders were intended to protect.

4. As a result of the Prosecutor’s office’s failure to pursue the other criminal charges against Brown after giving testimony, Brown was free to commit a rape and kidnapping in Portland, charges to which he pled no contest to last May.

5. In addition to the community corrections officer, other persons questioned the lifting of the no contact orders against Mr. Brown. Those questioning were told the lifting was “going to get pushed through” because Mr. Brown was testifying in the Constance case. As a result of this pressure, another deputy prosecuting attorney withheld information from the Superior Court as to the reasons for dropping the no contact orders.

6. Tony Golik allowed prosecution witness Ricci Castellanos to testify that he obtained nothing from the prosecution for his cooperation in the case. In fact, Castellanos had received monetary compensation from the police “for his efforts.” Golik did not volunteer that information when the issue came up in court.

7. The Prosecutor’s Office withheld discovery and Public Records Act requests for documents for four months while Golik was an announced candidate for Prosecuting Attorney. It took the intervention of the Chief Criminal Deputy Prosecutor to get the documents released. The failure to disclose these documents may have been motivated by an intention to protect Tony Golik’s candidacy for Prosecuting Attorney.

8. The motion also cites the ineffectiveness of counsel of Constance’s defense trial attorney, Brian Walker. According to state Public Disclosure Commission records, Walker made a significant campaign contribution to Golik’s campaign for Prosecuting Attorney.

While I am not in any position to offer an opinion on Dino Constance’s guilt or innocence, two very troubling possibilities jump out at me right away. First, the prospect of an innocent man being convicted and sent to prison. Second, and possibly worse, the prospect of a guilty person going free due to the alleged Prosecutorial Misconduct on the part of Tony Golik should the conviction end up overturned.

We cannot afford to have a Prosecuting Attorney running the County Prosecutor Office that has such questionable ethics or poor court behavior. We cannot afford to elect someone who throws cheap shots at his opponent while hiding such misbehavior in cases as is alleged by attorney Neil Fox.

As was spoken at the Sermon on the Mount, “Why do you look at the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye?”

We need a prosecutor who will actually prosecute criminals, not seek plea bargains for violent crime. With 2 young girls murdered in our community in the last few years, we want these animals off of our streets, not gaining early release or softer sentences through a plea bargain.

With the recent revelation of violent crime increasing in Clark County, I am even more convinced now that our best bet to replace retiring Art Curtis is to elect Brent Boger as our next Clark County Prosecutor.

UPDATE: Golik & the Columbian’s cheap shots continue. In an article, Golik, Boger not pulling punches in prosecutor race, the Boger camp is accused of “Nasty campaigning” for bringing up the Prosecutorial Misconduct allegations. Golik is given the opportunity to “refute” the allegations with a mere “Almost every defendant convicted of a crime of this nature appeals and argues some inappropriate action by the state,” and then accusing Boger of becoming an advocate for a convicted felon.

The Columbian does not give Boger a chance to discuss the seriousness of such allegations nor do they quote the Seattle attorney filing the motion. Golik accuses Boger of “an act of desperation,” but it is apparent Golik is who is desperate to marginalize his own alleged misconduct.

Neither Golik or the Columbian discuss Golik’s cheap shots and misinformation of Boger missing face to face events.

Did I mention the Columbian favors Golik?

September 26, 2010

Is the Columbian Promoting Tony Golik on Bethany Storro’s back?

by lewwaters

By now we all have heard of the tragic and infuriating story of 28 year-old Bethany Storro, the woman who claimed to have had acid thrown in her face by an unknown assailant, only to be revealed days later t hat it was all self inflicted.

The community was up in arms over the thought that someone either from the community, or who might have come in from outside the community, would harm one of our citizens in such a manner. Once revealed as a hoax, the community rightfully became outraged over the incident with several calling for her prosecution.

Enter Deputy County Prosecutor Tony Golik, candidate to replace retiring County Prosecutor Art Curtis, who will be stepping down in January 2010 and handing the office over to whoever wins it in the November election.

Golik, a Democrat, wasted no time in grabbing a hold of the case that has incensed the community and has even appeared on national television to discuss it. Clark County Politics has outlined Golik’s attention grab HERE and HERE.

Golik, a very capable attorney I am told, is also very much the politician in seeing political opportunity in latching onto what might be a local high profile case, even though prosecuting and convicting the young lady will change nothing in the community, but will only assuage some angry citizens who are angry over being duped by her.

A true opportunist would be ashamed of themselves for passing up such an opportunity to shamelessly promote their candidacy, as we saw in the lead-up to the August 17 primary election.

And, how much better is it to have the local newspaper of record promoting your candidacy for free?

Although they have yet to openly endorse Golik, there is little doubt in any thinking person’s mind that the ‘left of center’ Columbian will endorse anyone but the Democrat in the general election, evidenced by the favorable coverage they have given him to date.

Since she has admitted to her allegation being a hoax, the paper has wasted little ink running story after story on Ms. Storro. They have run it to the point of readers beginning to show hostility towards the paper for “beating the story to death” and “draining every drop of blood out of it they can.”

Some examples of the latest comments on the story are,

“I am tired of this story everyday, please move on,” “And now that we know what she did to herself, how about moving on. There is other news out there that could/should be reported,” “Enough is enough. You have bled every single drop of blood from this story. This is now becoming the theater of the absurd,” “The lady has mental issues. We get the point. It’s time to move on, Columbian,” “I’ll visit columbian.com in about a week to see if it’s over the Storro fixation,” “Lou you have milked this story enough to the point that it is a complete joke,” and “Is this the story that won’t die?!? For crying out loud, LET..IT..GO!,”

for just a sampling from the community in the over 50 comments left so far.

Why would our local paper continue beating such a story while ignoring others local stories equally as outrageous? Stories like he city council member lashing out at citizens and fellow council members, now facing an ethics violation investigation and the unfolding story of a teen legislative candidate who fooled a lot of people, only to be arrested on drug and other felony charges this week as well?

I think the answer lies within the excess of articles published in the Columbian. Several make sure to mention “Deputy Prosecutor Tony Golik,” but make no mention of “Deputy Prosecutor Tony Golik, candidate for County Prosecutor.”

Also not mentioned in the articles is current County Prosecutor Art Curtis, who although retiring in January, is still the County Prosecutor. Brent Boger, the Republican candidate for County Prosecutor is also not made mention of, not even to inquire what he thinks of the case he might have to prosecute should he win in November.

Shouldn’t quotes on the case coming out of the County Prosecutor’s office be from the County Prosecutor’s spokesperson, if not the Prosecutor himself, instead of a Deputy Prosecutor, who coincidentally, just happens to be running for political office?

How shameful is it that both Golik and the Columbian decides to climb onto the back of a mentally unbalanced person to further a political career, all the while placing real ethics violation and felony crimes on the back burner?

Little wonder violent crimes have increased in Vancouver when the safety and well-being of our citizens is secondary to political opportunism.

I’ll be voting for Brent Boger to see some real changes come to the County Prosecutor’s office. We’ve seen enough opportunism. It’s time for someone committed to the citizens, not their career.

It’s time for someone who cares about the people, not just dancing on their backs to get ahead.

That someone is Brent Boger.

September 13, 2010

Boger Lays Out Plans for County Prosecutor Office

by lewwaters

Brent Boger, running to replace the retiring Art Curtis as County Prosecutor, disagrees with his opponent, Tony Golik that the “Prosecuting Attorney’s Office is on the right track.” To that affect, Boger has laid his plan to improve and streamline the Prosecutor’s Office, also currently facing deep budget cuts.

Boger has released a two part series on his facebook page, HERE and HERE saying,

“The County Prosecuting Attorney job is a powerful one with authority over charging decisions and plea bargains for criminal defendants along authority over the County’s civil legal affairs. The Office has been under the same leadership for nearly thirty years and is in need of a fresh look. I am an “outsider” to the Prosecuting Attorney’s office but have studied its operations and budget. I will make changes to make criminal prosecutions more efficient and cost-effective. These changes will make us safer.”

“Tomorrow, I will discuss the significant drop in Clark County felony case filings with no similar drop in the crime rate or referrals for prosecution from law enforcement agencies.”

And,

“Unlike my opponent, I do not believe the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office is on the right track. I will prosecute more cases and the right kind of cases. I will work harder for financial restitution for victims and I will seek legislative changes to fix holes in our criminal laws.”

“Everyone Deserves to be Safe from Crime—I Will be Tougher on Crime.”

“The Prosecuting Attorney’s number one priority must be public safety. Felony case filings have declined nearly 30% in the past five years, with roughly the same violent crime rate and referrals for prosecution from law enforcement agencies. Filings should not fall like that unless referrals and crimes fall by a similar number. As your Prosecuting Attorney, I will find the resources within the current budget to prosecute more crimes, especially violent crimes. I will also find the resources within the current budget to prosecute crimes that have been neglected like elder abuse, fraud, identity theft and misdemeanor crimes.”

“One of the problems often faced by law enforcement is the constantly-changing law related to searches and seizures, confessions, and discovery in criminal cases. I will provide more training to local law enforcement to make sure that cases are not lost due to law enforcement officers not knowing the latest state of the law.”

“Part of public safety also includes restitution for victims. The Prosecutor’s office does not provide adequate collection support to collect restitution owed to victims. I will assign a civil deputy prosecutor to collecting amounts owed from criminals to their victims. This position could be at least partially funded in the collection cost recovery process.”

“Another way to make the public safer is to concentrate resources on the most serious crimes.”

“First-time less serious non-violent crime should have diversion made available to them where prosecution is deferred if they do not offend again. This allows more public resources, including prosecution, incarceration, and court resources, to be devoted to the most serious criminal matters. State law also provides for sentencing alternatives for some crimes which may be appropriate under some circumstances.”

“Current Washington law needs to be changed to provide more protection for the public. For example, Washington law currently allows the release of homeless sex offenders like the one who recently murdered a teenage girl in Hazel Dell. I will work on legislative initiatives to prevent the release of homeless sex offenders and to close other gaps in our criminal justice system.”

A quick review of Golik’s facebook and campaign website revealed no such plans for improvement or addressing any problems, even the budget shortfall the Prosecutor’s office faces.

I have no doubt Golik is an effective attorney, but am troubled with claims of “prosecuting thousands of cases. While politicians often embellish a bit, “thousands” seems a bit of a stretch, although I will grant he has prosecuted several.

He lists 19 cases on his campaign website that he was successful in, but I do not find what his actual conviction rate is. I’ll give him benefit of doubt and assume it’s a decent rate.

In a recent email exchange, a member of the Prosecutor’s Office defended Tony Golik with, “Tony is a Major Crimes Prosecutor…he isn’t part of the admin team at all.” I find this significant as the County Prosecutor, in addition to being an attorney, is also an administrator and must now lead an office with a drastically reduced budget.

There is much more to it that simply prosecuting cases. As said in the Columbian,

“The prosecuting attorney, in charge of prosecuting crimes and handling the county’s civil litigation, supervises 40 deputy prosecutors, including 33 criminal prosecutors and seven civil prosecutors.”

As you can see, there is much more to being a County Prosecutor than just prosecuting criminal cases. I have no qualms with any of the cases I am aware of that Golik prosecuted, but where is his administrator experience? Where is his civil law experience?

There is more to the job than just be slapped on the back by endorsers.

In this day and age of changes needed across the land, I am confident that Brent Boger, who sees some needed changes in our County Prosecutors Office, can lead and implement those necessary changes.

May 1, 2010

Back Home, Rested and Catching Up

by lewwaters

As regular readers know, I flew to Texas last Friday to help my daughter move back to our community after a 15 year absence. It was a good drive and I always enjoy my daughters company. Leaving the Interstates we both saw parts of America that one usually doesn’t see when travelling cross country.

Even in the small towns we travelled through the signs of impending elections were present as campaign signs for candidates for their offices littered the sides of their streets and businesses.

Arriving back in Vancouver and helping her get moved into her sister’s apartment, I turned my attention to what has been happening locally while I was gone. Seems a lot can go on while absent for just a few days.

I was unable to attend the 3rd Congressional District Candidates Forum held last Thursday in Longview but was particularly struck to see that the Seattle PI’s Joel Connelly wrote The race is on for a wide open US House seat where he gave a pretty good description of the evening.

Most interesting was reading,

“Denny Heck and David Castillo, representing different parties and differing views of government, sat next to each other and dominated the first candidate forum in wide open 3rd Congressional District race.”

I have been writing for several months that David Castillo is the best candidate in the running for the 3rd Congressional District on the Republican side, much to the chagrin of some rather vociferous GOP members, particularly in Cowlitz County who promote Jaime Herrera.

Of these two Republicans, Connelly wrote,

“[Castillo] was by far the most articulate and engaging of GOP candidates on stage Thursday night,” while he wrote of Herrera, “the young legislator came across as super-serious, self-possessed and somewhat scripted.”

Of the Democrats considered front runners, Connelly wrote,

“[Denny] Heck sounded themes unusual for a Democrat, noting: ‘Seventy percent of all new jobs are created by small businesses. I know that. I’ve done that’,” while of Craig Pridemore he wrote, “[He] seemed to lack focus. He did not articulate a specific message or theme. He repeatedly agreed with things that Heck had said.”

Reading the above or seeing the two Republicans addressing issues, it is difficult to grasp that Castillo would be considered an “underdog” to Herrera, unless you realize that while she is a party groomed insider, she is lacking a clear and articulate position on pertinent issues of the day.

I was most gratified to see 17th Legislative District candidate and local businessman, Brian Peck received the honor of being the only Union 76 station in Washington State to have won an “Award for Excellence” by achieving a perfect scoring on his business for the third year in a row.

Of his candidacy and receipt of the Award, Peck says,

“I am on a mission to restore the trust in state government and to curb overspending. What would happen if we did monthly inspections with the Legislators in Olympia? Where is their excellence in representing us?”

That is a good question that might be posed to his opponent, incumbent Tim Probst who makes a show of voting against direct tax increases, as he campaigned on last time, but has voted for bills that result in increased fees or taxes indirectly. I see no excellence there given the dire conditions of the economy and the ever rising unemployment within the state.

Peck stands to bring that excellence with him to Olympia and given the definite lack of anything remotely resembling excellence in the last few legislative sessions, I’d say it is a much needed and welcome addition to the legislature to have Brian Peck occupying the seat currently occupied by Tim Probst.

All are invited to meet Brian Peck this Thursday, May 6 at the Blackstone American Grill, at 3200 SE 164th, 6 PM. You will also meet my friend KPAM 860 talk show host Victoria Taft as she will speak on Peck’s behalf.

Ann Rivers, candidate for the 18th Legislative District seat being vacated by Jaime Herrera continues to be the top fundraiser as her campaign reports that her donations amount to more than all of her GOP competitors combined.

Of this phenomenal accomplishment, Ann said, “Citizens of our community are ready and eager to leave this current condition of our economy and state behind. They are willing to fight hard for their voices to be heard in Olympia and I am so honored to be able to carry their message.”

Both Ann Rivers and Brian Peck, along with Paul Harris, will be at Harney Elementary School, 3212 E. Evergreen Blvd. in Vancouver, Tuesday May 4, from 6:30 to 9:30 PM for the “We The People” candidate vetting. Why not stop in and lend your support to these candidates and see for yourselves what a benefit they will be in Olympia?

In the race for County Prosecutor, Republican Brent Boger seems to have some people worried as the left-leaning Columbian’s Political Beat is floating the notion that his posted résumé is “exaggerated” due to him claiming he’s “tough on crime.” Boger claims “criminal prosecution experience” and given the history of the County Prosecutor’s office prosecuting a citizen for allegedly stealing a water heater out of a soon to be torn down building, that resulted in two juries finding the citizen “not guilty” and that a citizen is currently awaiting prosecution for the legal open carrying of a firearm in accordance with the state constitution, Boger would give the Prosecutor’s Office a much needed new face and provide some common sense in assessing what really needs to be prosecuted.

State Senator Don Benton also seems to have ruffled some feathers with the release of the video ad, “What Causes Do You Support?” It looks like Patty Murray and her supporters have thinned down their skins considerably as the ad, somewhat tongue in cheek, is basically true.

The Clark County Republican Women have announced hosting a 3rd Congressional Candidates forum at Club Green Meadows, Thursday May 13, 2010 at 6:30 PM. Scheduled to be in attendance are candidates David Castillo, David Hedrick, Chris Boyd and Jaime Herrera. Come out and meet the 4 from which we hope to send one to Washington D.C. to replace retiring Democrat, Brian Baird.

This is by no means everything that has gone on in my absence, but it’s a start as I continue to get back in the swing of it all.

We have an excellent chance of winning many elections this year and doing so might help us begin restoring our country and state to sound footing.

Let’s just make sure we choose the best candidates and not just a pretty face.

January 19, 2010

Boger Kicks Off Campaign For County Prosecutor

by lewwaters

A small crowd gathered at the Java House Market Place in Vancouver this morning to witness City Attorney Brent Boger as he officially announced his campaign for County Prosecuting Attorney. Washington State Attorney General Rob McKenna kicked off the event with his introduction and endorsement of Boger.

After thanking many people who are helping with the campaign and who encouraged him to run, Boger got down to the meat of why he is running for the office being vacated by retiring Prosecutor, Art Curtis in his speech.

Some excerpts, first addressing the $1.8 Million budget shortfall the Prosecutor’s office was hit with,

“One source of savings is better coordination of the resources the county and the cities put into criminal prosecutions. As the campaign proceeds, I will be releasing a proposal for better criminal prosecutorial coordination which will save the public money while increasing prosecutorial effectiveness.”

“We have seen evidence that prioritization in the Prosecutors Office has not always been done with the concept of the best use of the people’s money in mind.”

Boger used the example of the “Water Heater Case” where a citizen was prosecution for the alleged theft of a $150.00 water heat that was removed from a soon to be demolished building and two juries finding him “not guilty.”

Surely there could have been a better resolution.

More importantly, Boger alluded to last year’s murder of 13 year-old Alycia Nipp in Hazel Dell.

Boger said,

“We need to pay more attention to events like the recent tragic death of a young teenage girl in Hazel Dell. She was attacked and savagely murdered by a convicted sexual predator, unemployed and living in abandoned buildings. First, why do we allow such sexual predators to live in such conditions? Second, why were these vacant buildings still standing and available for sexual predators to occupy them? There must be a better way!”

Boger vowed to set up a Public Integrity Unit inside the office to look into allegations of Public Official misconduct and to promote compliance with Public Records Disclosure Laws and open Public Meetings.

To counter potential claims of diverting resources from more serious criminal prosecutions, Boger says, “A public loss of faith in the integrity of its government is a serious problem that we had better deal with now.”

I couldn’t agree more.

Boger reminds us that change will be coming to the County Prosecutors Office regardless of who wins the election, but citing the one best suited to effect needed change would be someone from outside the office that hasn’t been “Involved in the internal and external struggles and controversies the office has had recently.”

Brent Boger has practiced many aspects of law for 25 years now with experience in both private and public sector law.

Brent has practiced in Courtrooms from San Diego to Seattle, including briefing cases before the United States Supreme Court. He has represented the public in criminal prosecutions and defended criminals in private practice. He’s advised local government on management and financial matters. He’s represented property owners victimized by unreasonable government regulation.

Boger let us know,

“I will not be just the Prosecutor for the Lawyers and County government, I will be the Prosecutor for the People, ALL OF THEM.”

Brent Boger is a community-oriented man. I have worked with Brent personally at the Clark County Republican Party and he is a very dedicated person.

In this coming election, I ask you to give Brent Boger a serious look and vote for him as our next Clark County Prosecutor.

January 17, 2010

Brent Boger to Enter County Prosecutor Race

by lewwaters

Vancouver Assistant City Attorney and 25-year law veteran Brent Boger (53), a Republican, will announce his candidacy for Clark County Prosecutor.

Tuesday, January 19
10:30 AM
Java House Market Place
210 W. Evergreen Blvd. , Vancouver

Boger launches with Vancouver notable Philanthropist Ed Lynch as campaign chair and endorsements from Washington State Attorney General Rob McKenna and US Senator & WA State Attorney General (ret) Slade Gorton who are expected to attend the announcement event.

About Brent Boger:

Boger is currently a Vancouver Assistant City Attorney and has practiced law for 25 years. He has practiced in courtrooms from San Diego to Seattle as well as presented arguments to the United States Supreme Court.

Attorney Boger has served the justice system representing both the public and criminal defendants in his career. He has counseled local governments on management and financial matters and served private clients for eight years in the private sector. Earlier in his career Brent was on the Governor of California’s staff addressing the financial impact of death penalty cases on rural counties.

Candidate Boger also represented Pacific Legal Foundation representing property owners who were victims of unreasonable and intrusive government regulations.

“My background gives me a big picture view as to how the Prosecutor’s Office impacts everyone in Clark County rather than solely the criminal justice community and the special interests seeking to do business with the county” said Boger. “I want to be the prosecutor for the People of Clark County; all of them.”

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Boger will be running against Curt Wyrick (60) and Tony Golik (42) since current Prosecuting Attorney, Art Curtis has announced he will not seek re-election this term.

Both Wyrick and Golik are currently serving in the Prosecutors Office.

Golik, a Democrat, says, “I’ll focus on cracking down on the area’s emerging gang problem. He also said he would vigorously prosecute repeat domestic violence offenders and seek stiff sentences for sex offenders.”

Wyrick says, “he plans to add more focus on pursuing customers who write bad checks. He also wants to prosecute more people who abuse elderly people physically or financially.” He adds, “We need to refocus on gangs and make sure we stop them before they proliferate.”

Maybe it’s just me, but shouldn’t that currently be the focus?

Boger says, “The county prosecutor is not a bad office, but I think they need new direction in where they put their resources. And I think I can bring that.”

The County Prosecutors Office has faced a $1.8 million budget shortfall in recent years.

If you are available on Tuesday at 1030am, please stop in at Brent Boger’s formal announcement at the Java House, 210 W. Evergreen in Vancouver with Attorney General Rob McKenna.

June 27, 2009

Eight Republicans

by lewwaters

Friday, June 26, 2009, a disastrous piece of legislation narrowly was approved in the House of Representatives. HR 2454, also known as the Waxman Markey Bill, or more commonly known as Cap and Trade, was approved by a vote of 219 to 212.

Clark County Conservative outlined Representative Brain Baird’s YES vote on the bill here. However, much anger and dismay is being expressed towards 8 Republican Representatives from across America that crossed over to vote YES, giving the Democrats the needed votes to approve the measure.

Brent Boger, Vancouver, Washington Senior City Attorney and Republican State Committeeman for Clark County submitted the following analysis as to why the 8 may have voted as they did,

When I looked over the list of the 8 Republicans who voted for the cap and trade, cap and tax bill, my impression was that most of them had tough districts that could easily flip Democrat and they voted for their political survival. Spending a couple of hours researching this, my impression appears largely true.

We should not take issue with the eight just because they failed to vote the same as the 168 Republicans who voted against the bill. The calls should address why their reasons for voting for the bill are wrong. Their votes were not in the interest of: (1) sound public policy; (2) their political future; or (3) their constituents.

Most important of these reasons is the evident collapse in the global warming so-called scientific consensus. The overall vote was driven by dogma and a desire to raise revenue to support Obama’s reckless spending. See Friday’s editorial in the Wall Street Journal that discusses the signs of collapse in the international scientific consensus:

“The collapse of the ‘consensus’ has been driven by reality. The inconvenient truth is that the earth’s temperatures have flat-lined since 2001, despite growing concentrations of C02. Peer-reviewed research has debunked doomsday scenarios about the polar ice caps, hurricanes, malaria, extinctions, rising oceans. A global financial crisis has politicians taking a harder look at the science that would require them to hamstring their economies to rein in carbon.” http://online.wsj.com/article/SB124597505076157449.html.

I am not a scientist. Nor are any of the eight congressmen scientists–and Al Gore’s journalism degree does not give him much in the way of credentials on this issue either. My own training has been in economics and the law. Perhaps my economics training is what makes me particularly note that absent from the discussion on climate change is any serious discussion of cost and benefits. Even if global warming is man-made, might it not be more cost-effective and might we all live better if we deal with its effects rather than pass legislation like King Canute decreed (who was thought to be so great he could command the tides).

There are other reasons besides the merits of the bill that might have driven the votes of the eight. My approach to political analysis is to understand political behavior. I mostly focus on the electorate’s behavior, but I also try to understand why elected officials vote as they do. I think I can explain their votes based on three factors.

1. They think the vote was better for them politically.

Obama carried seven of the eight districts and Kerry three of the eight over Bush. None of the districts are safe Republican seats. One district is represented by Obama’s nominee for Secretary of the Army. At least seven of the eight members of Congress could have reasonably concluded that their vote was to their political benefit.

No one likes a politician who abandons principle and cravenly votes solely on their political interests but certainly it is something that should be considered. Yet 27 Republican members of Congress who voted against the bill also represent districts Obama won. Most of these 27 members, however, represent districts that only barely went for Obama and can be expected to flip back our way in the next election. A Republican Congressman representing a district Obama won by 2% would be expected to look at their prospects for survival differently than one who represents a district Obama won by 14%, like Reichert. Three of the five represent districts Obama won by more than 10% (including Reichert). Three represent one of the six districts in the country won by John Kerry in 2004 currently represented by a Republican in the House: Reichert, Mike Castle of Delaware and Mark Kirk of Illinois. Castle and Kirk could take the Senate seats abandoned by our current President and Vice President next year.

If the Republican members voted based on political calculation, they should note the collapsing scientific and understand that what looks popular now may look foolish in the future.

There is another, less cynical way to look at their votes but related to political self-interest discussed next.

2. They are representing their districts, or they think they are.

Seven of the eight wayward Republicans represent suburban districts and seven of the eight had to run ahead of our national ticket to win. Generally suburban districts still favor Republicans and conservative positions on many issues. One general area suburban voters depart from general Republican views is on environmental issues (or perhaps better expressed as environmental dogma). Unfortunately, many suburban voters come to these positions not from any serious analysis but simply reacting to the relentless global-warming drumbeat emanating from the mainstream media and pseudo-scientists. As noted above, the dogma is starting to collapse, but word of that has not reached enough of their constituents yet.

The eight should have considered that what they think their constituents like now will change when prices go up to pay for the hidden tax, small business fail because of the legislation, and we get a couple of cold winters. (It is interesting to note that only Bono-Mack’s Palm Springs district has a more pleasant winter climate than Dave Reichert’s wintertime cold and rainy Washington district).

3. They really believed the bill was good public policy.

Five of the eight members had fairly high ratings from the League of Conservation Voters (a somewhat dogmatic, though not always, environmental political organization). Thus, their votes on this bill are not out-of-line with the positions they had had taken in the past. This could be because they really believe in these environmental issues or for the two reasons listed above. In particular, I would like to point out Chris Smith of New Jersey who initially was elected to Congress on a very pro-life platform but has otherwise taken pretty moderate positions. Some in the evangelical Christian community have also taken general positions justifiably protective of the environment but I am not sure they are embracing global warming dogma. Though I sharply disagree with Smith on his vote, I still have a great deal of respect for him as a politician who stands on principle.

I wonder whether the members understand that the scientific consensus is less of a consensus now than it was. Have they noted the trouble the Labour Party government has had in getting a global warming bill through the Australian Senate? Do they know many in Europe are growing skeptical about the validity of the science behind climate change-theory? Have they considered a cost-benefit analysis and that should be expected of all members of Congress, especially Republicans?

What about the high number of Democrats who voted against the bill? Lost in our focus on the eight Republicans are the 44 Democrats who voted against the bill. 28 of these Democrats represent districts won by John McCain and 36 represent 2004 Bush districts. Not surprisingly, we find among the remaining 8 Democrats those who voted against the bill because it didn’t go far enough like Dennis Kucinich (OH), Peter DeFazio (OR), and Fortney Stark (CA). The remaining Democrat “no” votes come from Democrat industrial along with a couple heavily-minority agricultural districts especially impacted by the bill. Do these Democrats see something coming that the eight Republicans do not?

We should also not get carried away in our criticism of the eight. Remember that the eight Republicans have been with us on important issues. For example all 8 voted against the Obama stimulus package. So unless we are willing to say that Dennis Kucinich is better than Dave Reichert because Kucinich voted right on this bill and Reichert did not, we probably ought to cut them some slack. I am pleased that Reichert is still in Congress and not the angry left’s Darcy Burner. From what I know of the Democrat challengers to the other seven districts, I would expect we are better off that the Republicans are there as well.

I conclude with the political situation each of the 8 Republicans find themselves in. While I understand their votes and would probably still support them, I am disappointed.

Reichert, WA.8

David Reichert represents a traditionally Republican suburban district that has trended noticeably to the Democrats over the last 10-15 years with both Obama and Kerry winning the district–Obama by 14%. The district is composed of eastern King and Pierce counties. Republicans have been largely wiped-out in legislative seats in the King County portion of the district–holding only the 5th, and two seats in the 31st. The district has an environmentalist tilt. According to the National Journal, Reichert has had a moderate voting record that is only a bit more conservative than average. He does have fairly high ratings from the League of Conservation voters.

2008: Reichert (R) 53%, Burner (D) 47%; Obama (D) 56%, McCain (R) 42%
2006: Reichert (R) 51%, Burner (D) 49%
2004: Reichert (R) 52%, Ross (D) 47%; Kerry (D) 51%, Bush (R) 48%

Bono-Mack, CA.45

Bono-Mack is Sonny Bono’s widow and was the only Republican to vote for cap and trade in committee. She represents a district that includes Palm Springs and fast-growing LA suburban areas in Riverside County’s Moreno Valley. I personally experienced the district’s environmentalist tilt during my time on the staff of California Governor George Deukmejian. The district voted strongly for Bush in 2004 but went to Obama in 2008. Bono-Mack has a moderate voting record but is clearly more right than left. Her ratings from the League of Conservation voters have not been high.

2008: Bono-Mack (R) 58%, Bornstein (D) 42%; Obama (D) 52%, McCain (R) 47%
2006: Bono (R) 61%, Roth (D) 39%
2004: Bono (R) 67%, Meyer (D) 33%; Bush (R) 56%, Kerry (D) 43%

Castle, DE-AL

Mike Castle is Delaware’s lone Congressman. Prior to being elected to Congress in 1992, he served as the state’s governor for eight years. He is being mentioned as a potential candidate for the US Senate against Joe Biden’s son, Beau, next year. Castle has been ahead in the polling. Delaware is a state dominated by New Castle County, which is effectively part of suburban Philadelphia. The state recently has been reliably Democratic giving comfortable margins to the Democrats for president since 1992. Castle’s record has been moderate and perhaps slightly more left than right. The League of Conservation voters gives Castle high ratings.

2008: Castle (R) 61%, Nagel (D) 38%; Obama 62%, McCain 37%
2006: Castle (R) 57%, Spivack (D) 39%
2004: Castle (R) 69%, Donnelly (D) 30%; Bush 46%, Kerry 53%

Kirk, IL.10

Mark Kirk represents a suburban Chicago district along the north shore of Lake Michigan. Kirk is likely to run for the US Senate next year and runs well in the polls in Obama’s home state. The north shore suburbs have been trending against the GOP since the 1990’s and both Kerry and Obama won Illinois 10–Obama in a home state blowout. The Chicago suburbs are not the same place they were in 1964 when the suburban “collar” counties stuck with Goldwater in the Johnson landslide–including local resident at the time and “Goldwater Girl” Hillary Rodham. According to the National Journal, Kirk’s voting record is middle-of-the-road: slightly right on economic issues and slightly left on social issues. He has high ratings from the League of Conservation voters.

2008: Kirk (R) 53%, Seals (D) 47%; Obama 61%, McCain 38%
2006: Kirk (R) 53%, Seals (D) 47%
2004: Kirk (R) 64%, Goodman (D) 36%; Kerry 53%, Bush 47%

McHugh, NY 23

Obama nominated New York Congressman John McHugh to be Secretary of the Army and he is awaiting Senate confirmation. McHugh has had a clearly right-of-center voting record but is generally considered a moderate. He has high ratings from the League of Conservation Voters. McHugh has had no problem at the polls even as his district was going for Obama. In a more normal political year, the district can be expected to go Republican at the presidential level. McHugh is the only congressman of the 8 defecting Republicans whose district is not suburban–it is rural and small city in the far north of upstate New York.

2008: McHugh (R) 65%, Oot (D) 35%; Obama (D-WF) 52%, McCain (R-C) 47%
2006: McHugh (R-Ind-C) 63%, Johnson (D-WF) 37%
2004: McHugh (R-Ind-C) 71%, Johnson (D) 29%; Bush (R-C) 51%, Kerry (D-WF) 47%

Lance, NJ.7

Leonard Lance was elected to Congress in 2008. He represents a suburban New Jersey district that runs across northern New Jersey from almost the Newark Airport on the east to just across the Delaware River from the Leigh Valley area of Pennsylvania on the west. The district was designed to be Republican, which explains its contorted boundaries. Even with these boundaries, former Congressman Mike Ferguson only barely held on to the district in 2006 and the district went narrowly for Obama in 2008. Against Ferguson’s 2006 opponent, Lance had an easier time, running well ahead of McCain. As a newly elected member of Congress, Lance has not yet established a record.

2008: Lance (R) 50%, Stender 42%; Obama (D) 50%, McCain (R) 49%
2006: Ferguson (R) 49%, Stender (D) 48%
2004: Ferguson (R) 57%, Brozak (D) 42%; Bush (R) 53%, Kerry (D) 47%

LoBiondo, NJ.2

Frank LoBiondo represents a south Jersey district that includes Atlantic City, exurban areas near Philadelphia, some small industrial cities and agricultural areas. The district went for Gore and Obama by about the same nearly 10% margin but Bush managed to eek out a win over Kerry in 2004. LoBiondo has had little trouble holding this marginal district. According to the National Journal, LoBiondo has had a generally moderate voting record more conservative on social issues than on economic issues. LoBiondo has high ratings from the League of Conservation voters.

2008: LoBiondo 59%, Kurkowski (D) 39%; Obama (D) 54%, McCain (R) 45%
2006: LoBiondo (R) 62%, Thomas-Hughes (D) 36%
2004: LoBiondo (R) 65%, Robb 33%; Bush (R) 50%, Kerry (D) 49%

Smith, NJ.4

Chris Smith is the only one of the eight who represents a district that John McCain won. Smith was elected to Congress in 1980 with prior experience as the Executive Director of New Jersey Right to Life. His record is generally moderate but more conservative on social issues. Smith has long had high ratings from the League of Conservation Voters. The district straddles the invisible line between north Jersey (which watches New York television) and south Jersey (which watches Philadelphia television). It is getting more distant suburban growth (exurban) from both Philadelphia and New York, which probably explains why it is, rare for the northeast, trending Republican.

2008: Smith (R) 66%, Zeitz (D) 33%, McCain (R) 52%, Obama (D) 47%
2006: Smith (R) 66%, Gay (D) 33%
2004: Smith (R) 67%, Vasquez (D) 32%, Bush (R) 56%, Kerry (D) 44%

(The information above comes from Congressional Quarterly and the Michael Barone’s Almanac of American Politics)

Brent Boger
Washougal, WA

I would like to add to Brent’s analysis that European countries that jumped headlong into such “Green” legislation years before we in the Unites States have are seeing the folly of their ways. An April 9, 2007 Washington Post article, Europe’s Problems Color U.S. Plans to Curb Carbon Gases outlines the negative affect such plans had on European Country’s.

A brochure has been assembled outlining the negative impact on Jobs such moves has had in Europe and is available in a pdf file HERE.

Our Representatives should have been aware of such economic affects before they voted for such a piece of legislation. I will be curious to see how, if at all, each justifies their YES vote on such a monstrous bill.

June 23, 2009

Clark County to Host 2010 Washington State Republican Convention

by lewwaters

Clark County to Host 2010 Washington State Republican Convention

The Washington State Republican Party (WSRP) has selected Clark County as the site for the 2010 Republican State Convention. The Clark County Republican Party and the Southwest Washington Convention and Visitors Bureau announced on Tuesday that the Convention is coming to Vancouver next year.

“We are thrilled,” said Ryan Hart, Chairman of the Clark County Republican Party.

“This is really big. Not just for the local Republican Party, but for all of Clark County,” Hart said. The 2010 Convention is expected to be the largest convention ever held in Vancouver.

This is also the first time in history the Washington State Republican Party has held its Convention in Vancouver.

Hart said he has wanted to see Vancouver host the convention for more than a decade. “In 1998 I attended a State Convention in Kennewick, and that’s when I first thought, ‘why not Vancouver?'” He said.

Earlier this year, Hart began working with Republican State Committeeman, Brent Boger, and the Southwest Washington Convention and Visitors Bureau to put together a formal bid for the 2010 Convention. A final bid was submitted to the State Party by the Clark County Republican Party and Convention Bureau last week. The WSRP Event Site Selection Committee voted unanimously to award Clark County as the Convention site.

“This is a first for Clark County, the City of Vancouver, and the Clark County Republican Party,” Hart said. “I want to thank Rosemary Cooke of the Convention Bureau for helping us land this history-making event”

Clark County has not hosted such a convention since back in 1978, Hart learned.

The Convention dates are June 10 – 12, 2010.

January 25, 2009

Luke Esser Re-Elected, Brent Boger on Exec Board

by lewwaters

Luke Esser Re-Elected as WSRP Chairman, Asks Clark County Chairman to Make Nomination.

Boger elected to WSRP Executive Board.

Washington State Republican Party Chairman Luke Esser was re-elected as the party’s chairman at the Republican reorganizational meeting in Tukwila on Saturday. Esser was nominated for the position by Clark County Republican Party Chairman, Ryan Hart.

“Chairman Esser called me on Thursday asking if I would nominate him and deliver the nomination speech,” Hart said. “I considered it a real honor to be asked by the Chairman to make the nomination.” He said.

Hart said he was impressed by the level of support Mr. Esser gave the Clark County Republican Party throughout the 2008 election cycle. “Luke recognizes the importance of Clark County to Republican success in Washington,” Hart said. “He provided a tremendous amount of assistance to our local party in 2008 and even came down to knock on doors for Tom Mielke during our post-election day ballot curing process,” Hart said.

Ballot curing is the process of rehabilitating irregular ballots due to voters not signing the back flap of their mailed ballot or a mismatched signature. In these cases the voter’s ballot is not counted unless and until the voter submits an affidavit to correct the situation. Both parties attempted to rehabilitate ballots in the County Commissioners race between Republican Tom Mielke and Democrat Pam Brokaw.

Republicans cured over two hundred ballots in the commissioner’s race. Tom Mielke won the race by a total of 209 votes.

Clark County Republican State Committeeman Brent Boger was also elected to serve on the WSRP Executive Board. Both Esser and Boger were unopposed and won by unanimous votes of acclamation.

DID YOU KNOW?

In 2008 Washington was the only state carried by Obama that saw Republicans gain seats in both the State House and State Senate, and was the first year since 1994 the Republicans gained seats in both the State House and Senate.

Rob McKenna received more votes than any Republican candidate in state history.

Republicans re-elected all three incumbent Members of Congress from Washington. Our neighbor States of Idaho lost one Republican Congressman and Oregon lost U.S. Senator Gordon Smith.

Republicans now control the legislative branch of 3 of the 5 largest counties in the state (Pierce, Spokane and Clark).

SOURCE: Clark County Republican Party

December 2, 2008

Clark County Republican Central Committee Organization Meeting – 2008

by lewwaters

Vancouver’s Academy on Evergreen Boulevard saw the 2008 Clark County Republican Party Central Committee Meeting this evening, December 2, 2008. The meeting was promptly called to order at 6:30 PM by County Chair, Ryan Hart.

Roll was taken and all were pleased that 99 Precinct Committee Officers were in attendance to choose officers for the Clark County Republican Party for the 2009 – 2010 election cycle. After the meeting commenced, two additional PCO’s came in and we seated in the Observers seating, bringing the total to 101 PCO’s present.

Notable Republicans in attendance were recognized, particularly Tom Mielke, who narrowly defeated Democrat Pam Brokaw to succeed Betty Sue Morris on the Board of Clark County Commissioners, giving Republicans the first majority on the County Commissioners Board in 32 years.

Chairman Hart presented Commissioner Mielke with a framed copy of the Oregonian’s article from November 5th declaring Brokaw the winner of the race. Included in the copy of the article was a photo of the infamous “Dewey Defeats Truman” photo from 1948.

Also recognized from the chair were our candidates, Debbie Peterson, Michael Delavar, Joseph James, Tom Langston and Michelene Doan. Although they did not win their races, their efforts were greatly appreciated by the party.

Candidates for office positions, both those running unopposed and those that had two people seeking the slots gave short speeches. For the most part, all those seeking election gave excellent short speeches outlining their desires for the Republican Party as well as their experience to fill that particular office.

Ryan Hart and Baine Wilson retained their Party Chair and Vice-Chair positions, running unopposed.

Brent Boger kept his State Committeeman position against challenger, Bill Hughes.

Nancy DeLeo won over Ann Donnelly for the position coming open of State Committeewoman.

Past Party Chair, Anna Miller, ran unopposed for the Treasurer position.

Sharon Long retained her position as Party Secretary.

Margie Ferris ran unopposed for the 49th Legislative District Director position, after giving an excellent speech on how we must stand strong on our issues.

David King and John Russell won the 17th and 18th Legislative District Directors, respectively.

Ron Paul supporter, David Knight defeated Jan Mulwitz for the 15th Legislative District Director by a card draw after their race ended in a tie. Knight, an admitted political novice, centered his speech on his admiration for twice failed presidential candidate, Ron Paul.

As the ballots were being tallied, several announcements were made from the floor.

Ann Donnelly announced that the Republican Party, long denied a Clark College Republican Student Club due to no faculty advisors available, now has a faculty advisor in Professor Claire Swift Heiller and will have the student club set up soon.

Margie Ferris informed all who had missed it that Fox News’s Bill O’Reilly ripped into Governor Christine Gregoire in his 12/2 Talking Points segment for allowing an atheist sign to be displayed next to the Nativity Christmas scene in our Capital in Olympia, giving the phone number for any who desire to call and express their opinion on this denigration of the Federal Holiday of Christmas, 360-902-4111.

With business concluded the meeting was adjourned shortly before 8 PM with many milling about congratulating winners and greeting new faces.

At a time of elation by many Democrats, believing the Republican Party is all but dead, tonight’s meeting is evidence that the party is going strong and will be coming back in future elections.

Several young people were in attendance and eager to work to elect Republican candidates.

Women were strongly represented in tonight’s meeting indicating growth in that area.

My congratulations to all candidates. Now, let’s get out there and work to let Clark County know that we are not a dead party and we are ready to represent the needs of Clark County.