Posts tagged ‘John Russell’

July 17, 2009

Jon Russell Files To Oppose Baird In 3rd District

by lewwaters

Jon Russell Clark Counties own Jon Russell has thrown his hat in the ring seeking to unseat incumbent Democrat, Brian Baird for Washington’s Third Congressional District, alongside Centralia’s David Castillo.

Russell is well known in Clark County as a former leader of the evangelical Faith & Freedom Network and as Council Member on the Washougal City Council. In 2004 he served as the Southwest Washington campaign director for the State House Republicans’ political committee.

Russell’s Campaign Site lists him as,

a City Councilman and small business owner, an innovator in health care reform and most importantly, a husband and father of two girls.”

Together with his wife, Sarah, they are the owners of Columbia Gorge Medical Center, an urgent and family care clinic established in Washougal in 2008. The About Us page claims,

CGMC was founded on a belief that everyone should have access to affordable basic healthcare.”

In Russell’s Announcement page on his campaign website, he states,

This is a day that has taken a lifetime of preparation and months of planning. I look forward to meeting voters on the campaign trail and making the case for new representation for Southwest Washington. I represent a new generation of reformers who are fed up with career politicians in Congress because they suffer from a lack of vision and the will to do the right thing for the people. I am running for congress to represent the ideas and hard work of everyday people; I believe we can balance the federal budget, American companies should be allowed to develop alternative and independent energy sources, we can find a way to make healthcare work for everyone through non-profit and private sector solutions.”

He also states, in part,

I come from a middle class family. My father was a Teamster truck driver, and my mom worked as an occupational therapist assistant. Growing up, my parents were very clear that I would have to make my own way through life and not to rely on them or the government for help. I had to financially pay my own way through college, working in lumber mills and distribution factories. I have had to work even harder to own my business,”

much like the background expressed by fellow GOP challenger, David Castillo.

It is not surprising that incumbent Representative Brian Baird is facing two such challengers, as his congressional performance has been dismal of late, alienating many constituents within Washington States Third District from both sides of the aisle.

Clark County Conservative has discussed his poor performance HERE and HERE.

Upon announcing his candidacy, Russell began coming under fire from leftist media like the Olympian who lead their story claiming, “a history of opposing gay rights” and also from the far left Northwest Progressive Institute who call Russell “virulently anti-gay.”

Such is the “intolerance” of the “tolerant” leftist as they continue in their smear tactics.

While the primaries and even the actual election are still far off, those of us who are fed up with Brian Baird’s selling out the 3rd District and taking lavish vacations on our dime to places as the Galapagos Islands, claiming to be “learning about climate change, ocean acidification, El Nino, maritime reserves protection and research,” have a choice now.

Castillo is better known in the north end of the district, Russell in the southern end. Both have humble backgrounds.

Only one will face off against Baird and that is the choice we voters must make.

Castillo has won the endorsement of State Attorney General, Rob McKenna as well as Republicans, Senator Dan Swecker and Representatives Gary Alexander and Richard DeBolt.

I am unable to find any endorsement announcements for Russell, but his campaign is just getting off the ground and either he or his supporters are more than welcome to let us know of any.

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.