The cover story in today’s Weekend section features drink recommendations to ring in 2013. Vancouver Mayor Tim Leavitt’s suggestion? A Kahlua Cockroach.

I’ll admit that my husband, after he edited the story earlier this week, made a mini-Kahlua Cockroach at home, and said it’s not as disgusting as it sounds.

But come on, Mister Mayor. We live in uncertain times. We need a leader who exudes confidence, not one who makes us think of creepy insects.

Next time you’re asked to name a favorite cocktail, keep it simple and classy. If a vodka martini is good enough for James Bond, it’s good enough for you.

But Leavitt’s unusual choice did get the mavens thinking – what should other elected officials be drinking on New Year’s Eve?

For perpetually tan Battle Ground City Councilor Mike Ciraulo, we think a fruity rum drink is appropriate, even if he gets teased by his firefighting buddies. A daiquiri, Mr. Ciraulo?

For Clark County Treasurer Doug Lasher, his passion for treasury management is matched only by his fascination with the Chkalov landing. So go on Doug, loosen your tie and enjoy a White Russian.

Clark County Commissioner Steve Stuart should memorize this recipe for a spicy Bloody Mary, because it doubles as a hangover cure and, let’s face it, Big Stu has a rough year ahead of him.

For Vancouver City Councilor Bart Hansen, well, here’s a pic of Bart and his wife, Carly, all dressed up for a night out on the town.


Sure, this photo was taken two decades ago when the couple was in high school, but the Hansens don’t look much older. Maybe Boy Scout should stick to sparkling apple cider.

We know Washougal Mayor Sean Guard and Camas Mayor Scott Higgins are trying to lose weight, but we also know Guard likes beer and supporting local businesses, so he can enjoy a winter ale from Amnesia while he waits for the Portland-based company to open its brewery in Washougal.

For Higgins, we suggest a skinny Arnold Palmer.

Cheers, everyone! The mavens have only one wish for 2013, and that’s for elected officials to keep giving us material to fill this blog. If this past year was any indication, it won’t be a problem.

Stephanie Rice

Stephanie Rice

I cover Vancouver city government. Reach me at or 360-735-4508.

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