Horowitz settles on Van Nortwick

Vancouver businessman David Horowitz, who finished close behind Peter Van Nortwick in the primary for Clark County assessor, said Monday he’s voting for Van Nortwick, a fellow Republican, in the Nov. 2 general election.

Horowitz, a financial consultant who specializes in real estate, wrote in an e-mail that he’s given the issue a lot of thought.

Van Nortwick faces Democrat Janet Seekins, a senior residential appraiser who has worked in the assessor’s office for 29 years and who finished first in the August primary.

Van Nortwick runs an appraisal business out of his home.

Republican retired businessman Daniel Weaver, who finished fourth in the primary, has already endorsed Seekins.

“On one hand we have a candidate that has 29 years experience with little or no supervisory experience who thinks everything is running fine in the department,” Horowitz wrote. “On the other hand, we have a recently certified appraiser who knows that the system is broken but doesn’t have the experience or the temperament to fix the problems.”

Horowitz thinks Van Nortwick is sincere about wanting to make changes in the department, however, and said that’s why he’s voting for Van Nortwick.

— Stephanie Rice

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