Posts tagged ‘Shane Bowman’

June 26, 2016

18th Legislative District Election 2016

by lewwaters

Continuing on in my assessment of campaigns in this year’s Primary election, I now address the 18th Legislative District, considered a district more favorable to conservative candidates. And even though the overall district continually votes for Republicans, this year’s election is somewhat strange as it is the Republicans that seem upset with a couple candidates from their own party.

Old friendships and alliances seem to have dissolved over some votes last year that has really ruffled some feathers in the party hierarchy and in what has become the norm from the fringe elements controlling the party, they seem to feel smears and bullying will get people “back in line.”

With that in mind, I’ll review and offer my opinion. I trust that any reading this will weigh the views expressed and visit each candidate’s webpage or seek them out at functions and determine for yourselves who best to vote for according to your own values.

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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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January 4, 2012

Congratulations to Battle Grounds First Ever Female Mayor

by lewwaters

Battle Ground citizens woke up today to news that the city has gained a new mayor, the first female mayor ever appointed by city council, Lisa Walters, who has served as a city council member since 2001. Lisa replaces Michael Ciraulo as mayor who stepped down as mayor due to an increasing workload in his day job position as division chief for Clark County Fire and Rescue, but will remain on the city council.

Ms. Walters had the support of the other council members going into the Tuesday council meeting, her appointment all but guaranteed with the final vote being unanimous.

Lisa was reelected to the Battle Ground city council over challenger Michael Dalesandro by a 53.23% to a 46.45% margin. At the time she was coming under fire from other council members for her standing against the mayor on occasion. She didn’t actively campaign and when asked by Clark County Conservative for information supportive of her reelection bid replied, “I do not have any flashy campaign info,” and “I have elected to not seek support from any group.”

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September 27, 2011

Is It Time For More Transparency in Battle Ground?

by lewwaters

I find it ironic reading many comments in Columbian articles disparaging Vancouver Businessman David Madore for donating funds to some candidates in the Battle Ground city council race. Some seem to think Mr. Madore’s constitutional rights end at the city limits of Battle Ground and do not apply there.

I know there is a bit of contention in this race on both sides. As in all races, even non-partisan positions such as city council, some support incumbents and some want to see changes. Some supporters don’t even live in Battle Ground, which seems to be the main sticking point when it comes to Madore.

He is accused of trying to buy influence by donating the maximum amount he is entitled to by law. As a successful businessman, he can afford it and last I heard has the right to donate to any candidate he desires, just as the rest of us do.

So far, only one candidate in the Battle Ground council race has made all of his donations public, Adrian Cortes. He is the only one not to have filed “mini report” with the Public Disclosure Commission and all of his donations and expenditures are available to the public.

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