Posts tagged ‘Endorsement’

June 7, 2016

Clark County Council District Four

by lewwaters
Logo of Clark County

Logo of Clark County

With the announcement of Tom Mielke not running for another term as Clark County Councilor for District 4, three citizens have stepped up to vie for that seat and represent citizens of Clark County as we still work out the bugs on the recently adopted Home rule Charter.

Although I have strived to remain out of campaigns the last couple elections, several people have requested I reengage in assessing candidates running for office and given the egregious behavior of District 3 incumbent Councilor Madore, both on the Council and towards me personally, I feel compelled to add my two cents in this year’s election.

I previously endorsed John Blom for District 3, having seen that the incumbent David Madore has not acted in the best interest of the County and has only sought deeper divisions as well as attempting to bully the majority of the Council from his minority status. His behavior must not be rewarded.

Given that; I will give my personal assessment of each and endorsement below.

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August 11, 2012

Does Herrera Beutler Endorse Marc Boldt or Not?

by lewwaters

It was just this past May when Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler raised a few eyebrows around her district over a comment she made and reported in the May 4, 2012 Columbian, the unofficial daily newsletter of the CRC and Democrat Party, that she intended to endorse both incumbent County Commissioners up for reelection, Republican Tom Mielke and alleged Republican Marc Boldt.

Considering that Commissioner Boldt has been sanctioned in November 2011 by the Clark County Republican Party for abandoning the party platform, turning his back on constituents who elected him and began siding with Democrat Steve Stuart, even to the point of saying “nothing would get done if he didn’t compromise with Stuart,” Herrera Beutler began catching flak, just as she predicted she would.

One such example was an open letter written to her by Carolyn Schultz-Rathbun with a copy posted on her blog, Cry Beloved Country.

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July 15, 2012

From “Three Nuts and a Boldt” to “Darling of the Columbian.” Just Sell Out the Voters

by lewwaters

With the primary election just a few weeks away from us, the local newspaper of record, also known as the unofficial daily newsletter of the Democrat Party, the Columbian is making their usual endorsements for the top two primary. Who they endorse if more than two candidates in a race is as predictable as the sun rising every morning.

Conservative Republicans really don’t stand much of a chance when it comes to their endorsements, although RINO’s (Republican in Name Only) stand a little better chance. The more they have abandoned their conservative base to embrace a liberal position, the better their chance.

Such is the case in the Columbian’s recent endorsement for Clark County Board of Commissioners, District 2.

Four candidates are running for this position, incumbent Marc Boldt, allegedly a Republican, Roman Battan, a young Democrat that has never held office before, former one-term Vancouver City Council member Pat Campbell who claims no party preference and very successful businessman and owner of US Digital, David Madore, a conservative Republican.

Boldt, once considered a strong conservative who the Columbian labeled “an embarrassment to Clark County” in the 1997 Tom Koenninger editorial, “THREE NUTS AND A BOLDT”? THE REAL ISSUE IS COMPETENCE seems of late to have gained the favor of the paper.

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March 23, 2010

Cowlitz County Endorses Herrera and Barnett?

by lewwaters

I was quite surprised to receive an announcement this evening that the Cowlitz County GOP issued their endorsement to Shannon Barnett, candidate for the 18th Legislative District (position 1) seat now occupied by Jaime Herrera, who is vacating the seat in her quest to run for the 3rd Congressional District seat being vacated by Democrat, Brian Baird.

Equally surprising and for the same reasons is they have issued an endorsement of state Representative, Jaime Herrera.

What surprised me about this endorsement is that there are 5 other Republicans vying for the seat as well, one having raised three times the campaign funds Shannon has and we are still 5 months away from our Primary election in August.

In Herrera’s race there are 3 other Republicans still running.

We haven’t even passed the June filing deadline for candidates and a county party has endorsed a candidate?

While I disagree with party chairs making early endorsements, I understand they are individuals and there is no requirement that they not in party by-laws. As stated, though, that is an individual endorsement, not a county party.

I have nothing against Barnett and have not spoken to him. I haven’t covered him a lot due to his not ever contacting me, save a single campaign flyer a few weeks ago in my mail, which struck me kind of odd, being as though I live in the 49th Legislative District, not the 18th he is running in.

Last I heard, it is up to candidates and their campaigns to contact people for support or coverage, not the other way around.

In the case of Jaime Herrera, I have several serious questions on her judgement that remain unanswered.

That has nothing to do with this endorsement or my puzzlement over it, though.

Since the endorsement was made at their county convention this past weekend, I have to assume they have met with all 6 candidates in the 18th District race and all 4 in teh 3rd Congressional District race and given each equal consideration before arriving at their decision to issue an official endorsement this far out. I have no idea since I don’t live in Cowlitz.

Surely they would not do so merely because he and Jaime are local people?

One reason I have a problem with such an endorsement as this made by the party this early is what about voters within the counties portion of the district? Are they not entitled to hear all 10 candidates and choose for themselves who best to vote for, without undue influence from the party they will undoubtedly be seeking information from?

Is there even a need any longer for the other 8 to visit Cowlitz County to campaign, knowing there is no possibility they could receive the party’s endorsement?

I am not calling on anyone to resign or be sanctioned, even though I see this as inappropriate. Nor should this be taken as I am against Shannon Barnett. I am not. Like I said, he has made no effort to contact me so we have not spoken. I wish him all the luck there is in his race.

I do feel the Cowlitz County GOP is doing voters within their portion of the 18th district and 3rd Congressional District a huge disservice, though.

What they do from here, if anything, is entirely up to them.

I simply think Cowlitz County residents deserve better from the party up there.