Who retailers and 18th Legislative District Republicans think you should vote for

Let’s check in on some of the endorsements being made in the upcoming November general election.

Late last week, the 18th Legislative District Republicans issued their endorsements for local, state and federal elections. They also opposed Initiative 1639, a gun control measure on grounds that it would infringe the Second Amendment. Here are their endorsements:

Eileen Quiring for Clark County Councilor, Chair (At-Large)

Elizabeth (sic) Veneman for County Councilor District #2 Councilor

Peter Van Nortwick for Clark County County Assessor

Scott G. Weber for Clark County County Clerk

Brandon Vick for Legislative District 18 State Representative Pos. 1

Larry A. Hoff for Legislative District 18 State Representative Pos. 2

Jaime Herrera Beutler for Congressional District 3 U.S. Representative

Susan Hutchison for United States Senator

The 18th Legislative District is considered a Republican stronghold and many of their endorsements aren’t surprising. But what’s notable is their endorsements (or lack of) for assessor and Clark County Council.

In the District 2 county council race, Republican Elisabeth Veneman is challenging incumbent Councilor Julie Olson (also a Republican). Veneman is running on a platform of opposing taxes and wanting to repeal parking fees at regional parks. She also recently took donations from former Clark County Councilor David Madore.

The group also didn’t endorse in the District 1 race where Republican Councilor Jeanne Stewart is facing a challenge by Democrat Temple Lentz. Stewart has been criticized in her party for being too moderate. But District 1, which covers much of Vancouver, doesn’t overlap with the 18th Legislative District, which includes Camas, Washougal and large swaths of unincorporated Clark County.

Incumbent Republican Assessor Peter Van Nortwick received the group’s endorsement over Ridgefield City Councilor Darren Wertz, who is challenging him as a Republican.

The 18th Legislative District Republicans didn’t endorse in the race for Clark County treasurer, where neither candidate is running with a party.

In other recent endorsement news, the Washington Retail Association endorsed several Republican state representatives including Paul Harris, Vicki Kraft and Brandon Vick for reelection. According to the trade group, endorsements “are determined by voting records in support of retailers across the state on issues of prime importance.”

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