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Endorsement roundup: Building group, Young Dems and Indivisible announce their picks

It’s officially fall, which means ’tis the season for pumpkin spice lattes and campaign endorsements. Buckle in (and maybe grab a latte), because it’s T-minus 42 days until Election Day, and we have a whole slew of endorsement announcements to comb through.

First up is the Building Industry Association of Clark County, who issued formal endorsements for nine Republicans and a sole Democrat. All of the candidates are incumbents, save one.

The BIA supports:

  • Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler in the Third Congressional District
  • State Rep. Vicki Kraft in the 17th Legislative District (Position 1)
  • State Sen. Lynda Wilson in the 17th Legislative District
  • State Sen. Ann Rivers in the 18th Legislative District
  • State Rep. Paul Harris in the 17th Legislative District (Position 2)
  • State Rep. Brandon Vick in the 18th Legislative District (Position 1)
  • State Rep. Larry Hoff in the 18th Legislative District (Position 2)
  • State Senator Annette Cleveland in the 49th Legislative District (the only Democrat on this list)
  • Karen Bowerman for the Clark County Council District 3 seat (the only candidate endorsed by the BIA not currently holding elected office)
  • Councilor Gary Medvigy for the Clark County Council District 4 seat

Moving right along to the Young Democrats of Clark County, who issued their set of endorsements for the Clark County Charter Review Commission last week. The Charter Review Commission will be tasked with combing through the Clark County Charter — five years after its implementation — and drafting any amendments to go before voters. It’s a nonpartisan commission.

The Young Democrats support the following candidates:

  • At-Large, Position 1: Doug Lasher
  • At-Large, Position 2: Eric Holt
  • At-Large, Position 3: No Recommendation
  • District 1, Position 1: Michael Martin
  • District 1, Position 2: Kim Harless
  • District 1, Position 3: Chris Goodwin
  • District 2, Position 1: Chuck Green
  • District 2, Position 2: Kelsey Potter
  • District 2, Position 3: Bridget McLeman
  • District 3, Position 1: Maureen Winningham
  • District 3, Position 2: Nena Cavel
  • District 3, Position 3: No Recommendation
  • District 4, Position 1: Thomas Hernandez
  • DIstrict 4, Position 2: John Latta
  • District 4, Position 3: Do Not Vote for Liz Pike

Next up we have Indivisible Greater Vancouver, a local progressive organization, who issued their endorsements on Sunday. For the Charter Review Commission, they support:

  • At-Large, Position 1: Doug Lasher
  • At-Large, Position 2: Eric Holt
  • District 1, Position 1: Hector Hinojosa
  • District 1, Position 2: Kim Harless
  • District 1, Position 3: Barbara Chen and Chris Goodwin (a tie)
  • District 2, Position 1: Chuck Green
  • District 2, Position 2: Jackie Lane
  • District 2, Position 3: Bridget McLeman
  • District 3, Position 1: Maureen Winningham
  • District 3, Position 2: Terri Niles
  • District 4, Position 1: Thomas Hernandez
  • District 4, Position 2: John Latta

For partisan races at the federal, state and county level, IGV endorsed Democrats (and one independent) looking to unseat Republican incumbents. The list includes:

  • Carolyn Long in the Third Congressional District
  • Tanisha Harris for state representative in the 17th Legislative District (Position 1)
  • Daniel Smith for state senator in the 17th Legislative District
  • Kassandra Bessert for state representative in the 18th Legislative District (Position 1)
  • Donna Sinclair for state representative in the 18th Legislative District (Position 2)
  • Rick Bell for state senate in the 18th Legislative District
  • Jesse James for Clark County Council (District 3)
  • Matt Little for Clark County Council (the aforementioned independent candidate, in District 4)

And finally, if you’re interested, The Columbian’s editorial board has been holding remote meetings with general election candidates seeking office in November and issuing endorsements. So far, they’ve gone for Carolyn Long for Congress, Denny Heck for lieutenant governor, Representatives Sharon Wylie and Monica Stonier for the 49th Legislative District, Sen. Ann Rivers in the 18th Legislative District, and Jesse James for the Clark County Council Position 3 seat.

You can read more about their decisions at www.columbian.com/news/opinion/endorsements/

Calley Hair

Calley Hair

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