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Brook Pell will seek appointment to Clark County Council

Brook Pell

Brook Pell is the second person to announce they’ll seek Eileen Quiring’s old seat on the county council.

Brook Pell, a Republican Party activist, has announced that she will seek appointment to the open seat on the Clark County Council.

Republican Eileen Quiring officially began her term as council chair this week, meaning she had to vacate her District 4 council seat. Under the state constitution’s process for filling vacant partisan elected offices, the Clark County Republican Party’s central committee is charged with nominating three candidates to the county council, which will make a final pick.

Pell currently serves as the vice chair of the Clark County Republican Party’s board of directors and as president of the Clark County Republican Women. She worked on Kris Greene’s unsuccessful 2017 campaign for Port of Vancouver Commission. She also worked on Republican Elisabeth Veneman’s unsuccessful campaign to unseat Republican county Councilor Julie Olson last year, as well as Quiring’s campaign for chair.

A press release sent out by Pell on Thursday notes her business background and current job as the chief operating officer for a family owned construction company, as well as her roots in Clark County. According to the press release, Pell’s priorities include attracting job creators to the county, respect for property rights, as well as adequate funding for law enforcement and infrastructure to support growth.

So far, Shane Bowman, the deputy mayor of Battle Ground, is the only other candidate to announce his interest in the seat. Soon-to-be-former state Rep. Liz Pike, a Camas Republican who’s aligned herself with Quiring, has been rumored to be seeking appointment for the seat as well. But Friday morning, Pike took to Facebook to voice her support for Pell.

“She’s a great candidate!” Pike wrote. “I know she will keep her promises!”

The Clark County Republican Party is accepting applications for the open position until Jan 10. More information on how to apply can be found here. Here is Pell’s news release in full:

Brook Pell Announces Candidacy for Clark County Council District 4 (Camas, WA) – Brook Pell, (R-Camas) announced her candidacy today for Clark County Council District 4. Brook is the Chief Operating Officer for a family owned construction company which builds residential and commercial steel buildings. Prior business experience includes CRE property manager of a diversified capital management firm where she managed a portfolio that consisted of a 340,000 rsf commercial office campus, several retail centers and residential/multi-family properties.

Pell is a Clark County native having grown up in Washougal. Brook is married to Sascha Pell. They have five children; four in the Camas school district and their oldest is a freshman at Clark College.

Pell’s priorities are policies that attract job creators to Clark County, transportation solutions that are supported by the taxpayers, lean and efficient government, policies that respect the rights of urban and rural land owners, good roads, adequate funding for law enforcement and infrastructure to support growth.

“Clark County is growing and along with that comes the challenge of providing the services that citizens need and want. As a small business owner, I know from experience how decisions made by government can negatively impact the economy or encourage prosperity. When I hear that people are forced to sell their homes due to higher property tax, I know we need a better solution. Focusing on what matters most to the people in Clark County is my pledge to the voters.” said Pell.

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