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    Vote Maintained to strengthen mental health crisis support

  • This spring, lawmakers passed Engrossed Substitute House Bill 1477 to expand the state’s crisis response system to include a new hotline dealing exclusively with mental health emergencies.

    Sponsored by Democratic legislators, the law will divert some calls away from 911 so that Washingtonians can get more specialized crisis responses. In addition, law enforcement officers no longer need to take on responsibilities associated with social workers. This will be funded by a tax of 30 cents a month on most phone services in October 2021 until a bump to 75 cents a month starting in July 2024. All revenue generated by the tax will go to crisis line-related expenses, including expanding hotline personnel during the community mental health crisis associated with the pandemic.

    Vote “Maintained” on State Advisory Vote 36.

    This spring, lawmakers passed Engrossed Substitute House Bill 1477 to expand the state’s crisis response system to include a new hotline dealing exclusively with mental health emergencies.

    Sponsored by Democratic legislators, the law will divert some calls away from 911 so that Washingtonians can get more specialized crisis responses. In addition, law enforcement officers no longer need to take on responsibilities associated with social workers. This will be funded by a tax of 30 cents a month on most phone services in October 2021 until a bump to 75 cents a month starting in July 2024. All revenue generated by the tax will go to crisis line-related expenses, including expanding hotline personnel during the community mental health crisis associated with the pandemic.

    Vote “Maintained” on State Advisory Vote 36.

  • Apoyadas Por: The Stranger
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    Vote Maintained to balance our tax code

  • Washingtonians deserve an economy that works for us all. An essential part of that is a balanced tax code where everyone pays their share. Yet, Washington boasts the most upside-down system in the nation, where the state’s lowest-income earners pay 17% of their income in taxes while the wealthiest few pay just 3% of their income.

    This legislative session, Democratic lawmakers wrote and passed Engrossed Substitute Senate Bill 5096, which created a 7% capital gains tax on the sale of assets like stocks valued above $250,000. The tax is estimated to raise about $415 million primarily for child care and early learning - both services that became clearly essential to Washingtonians during the coronavirus pandemic.

    We know that good public schools, beautiful parks, and strong social services make Washington a great place to live. This long-overdue capital gains tax will go towards making sure that all Washingtonians pay their share in taxes and have the opportunity to thrive.

    Vote "Maintained" on State Advisory Vote 37.

    Washingtonians deserve an economy that works for us all. An essential part of that is a balanced tax code where everyone pays their share. Yet, Washington boasts the most upside-down system in the nation, where the state’s lowest-income earners pay 17% of their income in taxes while the wealthiest few pay just 3% of their income.

    This legislative session, Democratic lawmakers wrote and passed Engrossed Substitute Senate Bill 5096, which created a 7% capital gains tax on the sale of assets like stocks valued above $250,000. The tax is estimated to raise about $415 million primarily for child care and early learning - both services that became clearly essential to Washingtonians during the coronavirus pandemic.

    We know that good public schools, beautiful parks, and strong social services make Washington a great place to live. This long-overdue capital gains tax will go towards making sure that all Washingtonians pay their share in taxes and have the opportunity to thrive.

    Vote "Maintained" on State Advisory Vote 37.

  • Apoyadas Por: The Stranger
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    Vote Maintained to close a tax loophole for insurance companies

  • In the most recent legislative session, lawmakers passed Second Substitute Senate Bill 5315, which creates a 2% tax on certain insurance premiums. In effect, the law would close a tax loophole for corporations with their own insurance policies, known as captive insurers, so that all insurance companies pay premiums taxes. It is estimated to generate around $53 million over the next decade.

    SB 5315 had bipartisan sponsorship and was passed nearly unanimously with only one vote of opposition between both houses. The legislation was requested by Democratic Washington Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler, who wants to make sure that all insurance companies pay their share of taxes.

    Ensuring big corporations pay their share is an important step toward balancing our state's tax code. Vote “Maintained” on State Advisory Vote 38.

    In the most recent legislative session, lawmakers passed Second Substitute Senate Bill 5315, which creates a 2% tax on certain insurance premiums. In effect, the law would close a tax loophole for corporations with their own insurance policies, known as captive insurers, so that all insurance companies pay premiums taxes. It is estimated to generate around $53 million over the next decade.

    SB 5315 had bipartisan sponsorship and was passed nearly unanimously with only one vote of opposition between both houses. The legislation was requested by Democratic Washington Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler, who wants to make sure that all insurance companies pay their share of taxes.

    Ensuring big corporations pay their share is an important step toward balancing our state's tax code. Vote “Maintained” on State Advisory Vote 38.

  • Apoyadas Por: The Stranger
  • Commission president Eric LaBrant was elected for his first six-year term in 2015 on a promise to protect our communities from fossil fuels pollution. He has upheld that promise, joining his fellow commission members in putting out a statement against future bulk fossil fuel terminals in the port, a rare stance for ports in our region. LaBrant has also supported wind energy jobs, helped pass the port's renewable energy policy, and led businesses through the COVID crisis and recovery. If re-elected, LaBrant states that he will focus on passing a climate action plan and continue to develop more job opportunities at the port.

    Opposing LaBrant is Greg Seifert. Seifert is the former president and CEO of Biggs Insurance and previously served as a Republican precinct committee officer. He states that as commissioner he would emphasize improving regional multimodal transportation planning to attract new businesses to the port.

    While Seifert has yet to put out a detailed policy agenda, LaBrant has already proven himself as an environmentally minded and forward-thinking commissioner. LaBrant and Don Orange already form a two-person progressive team on the three-person body. We recommend LaBrant in order to continue pushing for progress on the Port of Vancouver in District #2.

    Eric LaBrant

    Enviado por stephanie el Lun, 27/09/2021 - 17:20

    Commission president Eric LaBrant was elected for his first six-year term in 2015 on a promise to protect our communities from fossil fuels pollution.

    Eric LaBrant

    Enviado por stephanie el Lun, 27/09/2021 - 17:20

    Commission president Eric LaBrant was elected for his first six-year term in 2015 on a promise to protect our communities from fossil fuels pollution.

City Races

Depending on where you live, you may have the below city races on your ballot.

  • Steven Hogan is running for mayor of Camas. Hogan works as a chief operating officer in recycled paper, wood, and steel and has served on Camas City Council for 16 years as well as mayor pro tem in 2014, 2017, and 2021. He currently serves on the council's finance and administrative committees and the city's economic development strategy committee.

    Hogan's campaign priorities include preserving Camas' parks and open spaces, bringing more housing for working people to the community, and strengthening partnerships with Camas Public Schools. He also wants to increase access to good-paying jobs and recruit large employers to bring their businesses to Camas. If elected mayor, Hogan would only support a community or aquatic center under the condition that taxpayers do not pay the full cost of such amenities.

    Hogan is running against Jennifer Senescu, the executive director of the Camas-Washougal chamber of commerce. Senescu's platform is full of language stoking fear about crime and public safety and prioritizing businesses over community members. Additionally, she does not bring the commitment to working families that Hogan has displayed.

    Hogan is the best choice in the race for mayor of Camas.

    Steven Hogan is running for mayor of Camas. Hogan works as a chief operating officer in recycled paper, wood, and steel and has served on Camas City Council for 16 years as well as mayor pro tem in 2014, 2017, and 2021. He currently serves on the council's finance and administrative committees and the city's economic development strategy committee.

    Hogan's campaign priorities include preserving Camas' parks and open spaces, bringing more housing for working people to the community, and strengthening partnerships with Camas Public Schools. He also wants to increase access to good-paying jobs and recruit large employers to bring their businesses to Camas. If elected mayor, Hogan would only support a community or aquatic center under the condition that taxpayers do not pay the full cost of such amenities.

    Hogan is running against Jennifer Senescu, the executive director of the Camas-Washougal chamber of commerce. Senescu's platform is full of language stoking fear about crime and public safety and prioritizing businesses over community members. Additionally, she does not bring the commitment to working families that Hogan has displayed.

    Hogan is the best choice in the race for mayor of Camas.

    Steven Hogan

    Steven Hogan is running for mayor of Camas. Hogan works as a chief operating officer in recycled paper, wood, and steel and has served on Camas City Council for 16 years as well as mayor pro tem in 2014, 2017, and 2021.

  • Marilyn Dale-Boerke is running for Camas City Council, Ward 1, Position 2. Dale-Boerke is the director of talent development for the Camas School District. If elected, her plans include environmental preservation, dedicating time to underrepresented groups including young people, and hosting listening posts at elementary or middle schools to hear from constituents. Dale-Boerke also wants to prioritize cleaning the waters of Lacamas Lake and promoting access to open spaces and parks among community members.

    Dale-Boerke is running against Gary Perman, a technology recruiter and the chair of International Electronic & Electrical Engineers (IEEE). Perman claims city council members have used the COVID-19 pandemic as an excuse to "degrade" communications with the community. His platform is conservative and focuses on bringing his business experience to local government. Unlike Dale-Boerke, Perman does not offer specific commitments to hear from constituents despite criticizing the council for lack of communication. He also runs a political blog where he has actively promoted Republicans including Dino Rossi and Jamie Herrera Beutler.

    Dale-Boerke is the best choice for Camas City Council, Ward 1, Position 2.

    Marilyn Dale-Boerke is running for Camas City Council, Ward 1, Position 2. Dale-Boerke is the director of talent development for the Camas School District. If elected, her plans include environmental preservation, dedicating time to underrepresented groups including young people, and hosting listening posts at elementary or middle schools to hear from constituents. Dale-Boerke also wants to prioritize cleaning the waters of Lacamas Lake and promoting access to open spaces and parks among community members.

    Dale-Boerke is running against Gary Perman, a technology recruiter and the chair of International Electronic & Electrical Engineers (IEEE). Perman claims city council members have used the COVID-19 pandemic as an excuse to "degrade" communications with the community. His platform is conservative and focuses on bringing his business experience to local government. Unlike Dale-Boerke, Perman does not offer specific commitments to hear from constituents despite criticizing the council for lack of communication. He also runs a political blog where he has actively promoted Republicans including Dino Rossi and Jamie Herrera Beutler.

    Dale-Boerke is the best choice for Camas City Council, Ward 1, Position 2.

    Marilyn Dale-Boerke

    Marilyn Dale-Boerke is running for Camas City Council, Ward 1, Position 2. Dale-Boerke is the director of talent development for the Camas School District.

  • Jennifer McDaniel is running for Camas City Council, Ward 3, Position 2. McDaniel previously served on Washougal City Council for nine years before moving to Camas.

    If elected, she would prioritize restoring the community's confidence in city leaders through communication, improving and maintaining public parks and open spaces, and addressing infrastructure issues including ADA access to sidewalks. McDaniel also wants to bring more affordable housing to the community and ensure families and senior citizens can keep living in Camas. Her affordable housing proposals include targeted re-zoning for multi-family and mixed-use housing and promoting Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs).

    McDaniel is running against Leslie Lewallen, a former King County deputy prosecuting attorney. Lewallen serves as a legal advisor to the Dorothy Fox Safety Alliance. Her campaign platform is emphasizing replacing the Crown Park Pool and creating a citizens advisory board to manage the health of Camas's public parks and spaces. Additionally, Lewallen has been critical of the crucial police accountability legislation passed in the Legislature this year and does not seem open to public safety reforms supported by community members.

    McDaniel is the best choice in the race for Camas City Council, Ward 3, Position 2.

    Jennifer McDaniel is running for Camas City Council, Ward 3, Position 2. McDaniel previously served on Washougal City Council for nine years before moving to Camas.

    If elected, she would prioritize restoring the community's confidence in city leaders through communication, improving and maintaining public parks and open spaces, and addressing infrastructure issues including ADA access to sidewalks. McDaniel also wants to bring more affordable housing to the community and ensure families and senior citizens can keep living in Camas. Her affordable housing proposals include targeted re-zoning for multi-family and mixed-use housing and promoting Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs).

    McDaniel is running against Leslie Lewallen, a former King County deputy prosecuting attorney. Lewallen serves as a legal advisor to the Dorothy Fox Safety Alliance. Her campaign platform is emphasizing replacing the Crown Park Pool and creating a citizens advisory board to manage the health of Camas's public parks and spaces. Additionally, Lewallen has been critical of the crucial police accountability legislation passed in the Legislature this year and does not seem open to public safety reforms supported by community members.

    McDaniel is the best choice in the race for Camas City Council, Ward 3, Position 2.

    Jennifer McDaniel

    Jennifer McDaniel is running for Camas City Council, Ward 3, Position 2. McDaniel previously served on Washougal City Council for nine years before moving to Camas.

  • Anne McEnerny-Ogle was elected to the Vancouver City Council in 2013 and was elected as mayor in 2018, making her the first woman elected to the position in the city's history.

    She has a long record of service to community causes such as Daybreak Youth Services and the Assistance League. While she served on the council, McEnerny-Ogle was an advocate for improving transportation options through development grants and enhancing green spaces like the Shumway Neighborhood Park. As mayor, she helped coordinate the city's COVID-19 response, including organizing a food bank and vaccination clinic at Tower Mall. She has also supported the inclusive Heights District housing project.

    Her opponent is Earl Bowerman, who has challenged U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler because he thought she wasn't loyal enough to former President Donald Trump. In 2019, while Bowerman was the Clark County Republican Chair, his own party sought his resignation because of his failure to act against a committee chair who had been convicted of inappropriate behavior with a teenage girl.

    McEnerny-Ogle has earned re-election as mayor of Vancouver and is the best choice in this race.

    Anne McEnerny-Ogle

    Anne McEnerny-Ogle was elected to the Vancouver City Council in 2013 and was elected as mayor in 2018, making her the first woman elected to the position in the city's history.

    Anne McEnerny-Ogle

    Anne McEnerny-Ogle was elected to the Vancouver City Council in 2013 and was elected as mayor in 2018, making her the first woman elected to the position in the city's history.

  • Apoyadas Por: SEIU 775, Sierra Club
  • Evergreen Future
  • Kim Harless is a program manager at a paint recycling nonprofit and a Clark County Review commissioner. She has served in several roles oriented towards feeding the community, including as the president of Slow Food Southwest Washington, vice president of Urban Abundance, and treasurer of Clark County Food System. She also worked for nearly a decade as an environmental operations specialist with Clark County planning recycling systems, providing oversight on contracts.

    Harless states that as an Indigenous and Chicana single mother, she intends to center equity in both her campaign and her tenure on council if elected. She will lead with housing-first solutions to the homelessness crisis, which means securing shelter for people so that they can safely address any health, social, or economic issues they may be facing. In our interview with Harless, she said she wanted to provide technical expertise on creating a much more robust climate action plan. She believes police reform should be intentional and focused, and that emergency services should evolve so that a more diverse suite of services is available for residents who call 911 for disputes or mental health crises. Harless emphasized that, overall, city government must address the needs of marginalized communities so that Vancouver is truly welcoming and healthy for all.

    Her opponent is John Blom, a real estate broker and former Clark County council member from District 3. On the county council, Blom served as a fairly moderate voice in his first term, which he ran for as a Republican; he later ran with no party preference. He serves on the board of directors for the Boys and Girls Club of Southwest Washington and The Historic Trust.

    Blom acknowledges that the homelessness crisis is entangled with many other issues, including lack of mental health services, surging costs of living, medical emergencies, and job loss. He also states that law enforcement should provide more options for alternative responses for those who need help with behavioral or mental health. While Blom mentions that the best way to ensure public safety is to provide educational and economic opportunities for people to thrive, he is not specific about whether that would include shifting funding into community-based services.

    Harless has worked hard to bring together the government and public to work on issues that the community cares about most. Harless' forward-thinking agenda and support from a wide range of organizations make her the best choice in this race. We recommend Harless in this race for her fresh perspective, strong progressive values, and the technical expertise she could bring to the city council.

    Kim Harless

    Kim Harless is a program manager at a paint recycling nonprofit and a Clark County Review commissioner.

    Kim Harless

    Kim Harless is a program manager at a paint recycling nonprofit and a Clark County Review commissioner.

  • Apoyadas Por: The Washington Bus, SEIU 775, SEIU Local 925, Sierra Club, Washington Conservation Voters , League of United Latin American Citizens SW WA Council 4713, Sunrise Movement of SW WA
  • Incumbent Erik Paulsen was unanimously appointed to the council in 2019. He served for several years on the Vancouver Planning Commission before his appointment, including five years as chair of the commission. He also served as a member of the Vancouver Affordable Housing Task Force and Southwest Clean Air Agency.

    Noting that housing affordability is a critical issue as demand outpaces supply, Paulsen believes the city should assist with strategies to provide housing at all income levels. He also supports investing in infrastructure to make Vancouver safer for cyclists and pedestrians.

    Paulsen is running against Kara Tess, who has served as president of her former home owner's association and now serves as a board member of her current HOA. Her public campaign site does not currently have many priorities listed, and her interview with our local council reflected some uncertainty about what the city council can do. The Columbian has also reported that Tess is not currently campaigning actively, and has possibly dropped out of the race. She states that the city should invest more in mental health and addiction resources, education to reduce the consumption of red meat and other carbon emission contributors, and said that she is running to listen to everyone and make the community a better place.

    Paulsen is the best choice for Vancouver City Council, Position 2.

    Erik Paulsen

    Incumbent Erik Paulsen was unanimously appointed to the council in 2019. He served for several years on the Vancouver Planning Commission before his appointment, including five years as chair of the commission.

    Erik Paulsen

    Incumbent Erik Paulsen was unanimously appointed to the council in 2019. He served for several years on the Vancouver Planning Commission before his appointment, including five years as chair of the commission.

  • Apoyadas Por: Sierra Club, Washington Bikes
  • Evergreen Future
  • Diana Perez is the founder of the local League of United Latin American Citizens. Perez has been highly active and awarded in the community for her civil rights and policy work. She was appointed by Gov. Inslee as a commissioner for Washington State Parks and Recreation and serves as a board member of the Clark County Volunteer Lawyers Program, which provides law clinics for underserved communities.

    Perez's campaign is focused on improving life for all residents of Vancouver. She wants to incentivize mixed-income communities that have access to public transportation, and create bold solutions for affordable housing that bring the unsheltered community, service providers, and developers to the table. She believes that investing in communities of color can strengthen the entire city, and she would focus on removing discriminatory language in housing deeds, center living wage jobs, and look to help small businesses recover post-pandemic.

    She is running against David Gellatly. He is the former chair of the Clark County Republican Party and is now a member of the party's executive board. He states that his top priorities would be homelessness and supporting businesses in the city. Gellatly was cited last year as one of the organizers of pro-Trump rallies in Vancouver during protests and after the shooting of Kevin E. Peterson, Jr. As the head of a conservative activist group, Gellatly is likely to continue to push regressive policies on the council on social and racial justice, environmental reform, and more.

    Perez has worked tirelessly both professionally and on a volunteer basis to bring community-oriented solutions to Vancouver. She deserves your vote for Vancouver City Council, Position 3.

    Diana Perez

    Diana Perez is the founder of the local League of United Latin American Citizens. Perez has been highly active and awarded in the community for her civil rights and policy work. She was appointed by Gov.

    Diana Perez

    Diana Perez is the founder of the local League of United Latin American Citizens. Perez has been highly active and awarded in the community for her civil rights and policy work. She was appointed by Gov.

School Districts

Depending on where you live, you may have one of the below school district races on your ballot.

  • Incumbent Corey McEnry is a public high school educator and a parent of a current Camas student running for re-election for Camas School Director in District 1.

    McEnry is proud of the district's efforts to create a safe and flexible environment for students to learn during the pandemic. He notes that the district has experienced virtually zero COVID transmissions thanks to health protocols. If re-elected, he will continue to support five days of in-person learning with remote options, following all laws on safety and public health, and providing emotional and social support for kids, staff, and families. McEnry also strongly believes that the district should continue pursuing equity so that all students, no matter their race, socioeconomic background, ability, or gender, can thrive in Camas schools. He will continue to diversify school programming and pathways to graduation and support professional development for staff while engaging with families and promoting digital access for school board meetings and more.

    McEnry's challenger in this race is Ernie Geigenmiller, a Republican precinct committee officer and journalist who says that he is running to keep politics out of schools but is supported by the League of Conservative Women Voters. In a recent candidate forum, Geigenmiller focused on the idea that schools are doing too much and need to go "back to basics," an idea at odds with the fact that many students need greater support right now. For example, Geigenmiller states that schools "cannot do everything" to support homeless students and should rely on nonprofit organizations, while McEnry says that first students in need should be identified, and then schools should provide for students through the community resource center - whether that be food, technology, and more. Geigenmiller's stance on following health mandates is unclear from his website, but his endorsements and statements seem to show that he would be a conservative school board member.

    We recommend McEnry in this race for his experience and care for all students in Camas.

    Incumbent Corey McEnry is a public high school educator and a parent of a current Camas student running for re-election for Camas School Director in District 1.

    McEnry is proud of the district's efforts to create a safe and flexible environment for students to learn during the pandemic. He notes that the district has experienced virtually zero COVID transmissions thanks to health protocols. If re-elected, he will continue to support five days of in-person learning with remote options, following all laws on safety and public health, and providing emotional and social support for kids, staff, and families. McEnry also strongly believes that the district should continue pursuing equity so that all students, no matter their race, socioeconomic background, ability, or gender, can thrive in Camas schools. He will continue to diversify school programming and pathways to graduation and support professional development for staff while engaging with families and promoting digital access for school board meetings and more.

    McEnry's challenger in this race is Ernie Geigenmiller, a Republican precinct committee officer and journalist who says that he is running to keep politics out of schools but is supported by the League of Conservative Women Voters. In a recent candidate forum, Geigenmiller focused on the idea that schools are doing too much and need to go "back to basics," an idea at odds with the fact that many students need greater support right now. For example, Geigenmiller states that schools "cannot do everything" to support homeless students and should rely on nonprofit organizations, while McEnry says that first students in need should be identified, and then schools should provide for students through the community resource center - whether that be food, technology, and more. Geigenmiller's stance on following health mandates is unclear from his website, but his endorsements and statements seem to show that he would be a conservative school board member.

    We recommend McEnry in this race for his experience and care for all students in Camas.

    Corey McEnry

    Incumbent Corey McEnry is a public high school educator and a parent of a current Camas student running for re-election for Camas School Director in District 1.

  • Apoyadas Por: Washington Education Association
  • Incumbent Erika Cox has served on the Camas School Board in District 2 since 2018. She has chaired the city of Camas' Salary Commission, served as president of Prune Hill Elementary PTA, volunteered on the Dorothy Fox Elementary PTA executive board, and served on the Citizen's Advisory Committee to the school board.

    Cox is running for re-election to continue to prioritize health, equitable opportunities for students, and engagement with the community. Under her experienced leadership, Camas students and families currently have the option of remote learning as well as safe, in-person education.

    Her opponent is Jeremiah Chevrolet Stephen, an insurance agent and former oil and pipeline operations planner. Both Stephen and fellow candidate Geigenmiller are campaigning on taking politics out of schools, but both are supported by the League of Conservative Women Voters, with Stephen being promoted on a Clark County Republican Facebook page. Stephen says that he is running because of "inappropriate" content in schools, which he provides no additional context on. He does not believe that equity programs can help students who are struggling and would provide "equal opportunities" for students - a notion which many researchers, education advocates, and teachers have said only exacerbates the issue and puts students of color, low-income students, and homeless students further behind.

    We recommend Erika Cox for Camas School District Director in District No. 2.

    Incumbent Erika Cox has served on the Camas School Board in District 2 since 2018. She has chaired the city of Camas' Salary Commission, served as president of Prune Hill Elementary PTA, volunteered on the Dorothy Fox Elementary PTA executive board, and served on the Citizen's Advisory Committee to the school board.

    Cox is running for re-election to continue to prioritize health, equitable opportunities for students, and engagement with the community. Under her experienced leadership, Camas students and families currently have the option of remote learning as well as safe, in-person education.

    Her opponent is Jeremiah Chevrolet Stephen, an insurance agent and former oil and pipeline operations planner. Both Stephen and fellow candidate Geigenmiller are campaigning on taking politics out of schools, but both are supported by the League of Conservative Women Voters, with Stephen being promoted on a Clark County Republican Facebook page. Stephen says that he is running because of "inappropriate" content in schools, which he provides no additional context on. He does not believe that equity programs can help students who are struggling and would provide "equal opportunities" for students - a notion which many researchers, education advocates, and teachers have said only exacerbates the issue and puts students of color, low-income students, and homeless students further behind.

    We recommend Erika Cox for Camas School District Director in District No. 2.

    Erika Cox

    Incumbent Erika Cox has served on the Camas School Board in District 2 since 2018.

  • Apoyadas Por: Washington Education Association
  • Incumbent Julie Bocanegra is running for re-election to Evergreen School Board Director, District 1. Bocanegra was part of the Evergreen School District's strong response to the COVID-19 pandemic including getting meals delivered to students and helping shift students to online classes. Even before the pandemic, Bocanegra worked to provide computer tablets for students, a decision that has strongly benefitted their remote learning during COVID-19. She is also committed to ensuring students learn from a broad range of perspectives throughout their education.

    Her challenger in this race is Mike Appel. Appel works at Washington State University in Vancouver and is running on a reactionary, Trump-style agenda criticizing the current curriculum in schools. He lacks a vision for the role beyond conservative politics and has no community experience. Appel's campaign social media also mocks the Black Lives Matter movement and promotes a recent conservative trend to remove honest, age-appropriate discussions about American history from school curriculums.

    Bocanegra is the best choice in the race for Evergreen School Board Director, District 1.

    Incumbent Julie Bocanegra is running for re-election to Evergreen School Board Director, District 1. Bocanegra was part of the Evergreen School District's strong response to the COVID-19 pandemic including getting meals delivered to students and helping shift students to online classes. Even before the pandemic, Bocanegra worked to provide computer tablets for students, a decision that has strongly benefitted their remote learning during COVID-19. She is also committed to ensuring students learn from a broad range of perspectives throughout their education.

    Her challenger in this race is Mike Appel. Appel works at Washington State University in Vancouver and is running on a reactionary, Trump-style agenda criticizing the current curriculum in schools. He lacks a vision for the role beyond conservative politics and has no community experience. Appel's campaign social media also mocks the Black Lives Matter movement and promotes a recent conservative trend to remove honest, age-appropriate discussions about American history from school curriculums.

    Bocanegra is the best choice in the race for Evergreen School Board Director, District 1.

    Julie Bocanegra

    Incumbent Julie Bocanegra is running for re-election to Evergreen School Board Director, District 1. Bocanegra was part of the Evergreen School District's strong response to the COVID-19 pandemic including getting meals delivered to students and helping shift students to online classes.

  • Incumbent Ginny Gronwoldt is running for re-election to Evergreen School Board in District 5. While serving on the school board, she has supported expanding equity work in the district and helped oversee increased graduation rates. Gronwoldt's re-election priorities include investing in making every student feel included and providing quality educators for all classrooms.

    Gronwoldt is being challenged by Amanda Breck. Breck is a former event coordinator and volunteer soccer coach. Her platform does not bring the focus on equity that Gronwoldt's does. Breck is emphasizing transparent communication and accessibility without providing detailed plans for how to achieve these goals.

    Gronwoldt is the best choice for Evergreen School Board in District 5.

    Incumbent Ginny Gronwoldt is running for re-election to Evergreen School Board in District 5. While serving on the school board, she has supported expanding equity work in the district and helped oversee increased graduation rates. Gronwoldt's re-election priorities include investing in making every student feel included and providing quality educators for all classrooms.

    Gronwoldt is being challenged by Amanda Breck. Breck is a former event coordinator and volunteer soccer coach. Her platform does not bring the focus on equity that Gronwoldt's does. Breck is emphasizing transparent communication and accessibility without providing detailed plans for how to achieve these goals.

    Gronwoldt is the best choice for Evergreen School Board in District 5.

    Ginny Gronwoldt

    Incumbent Ginny Gronwoldt is running for re-election to Evergreen School Board in District 5. While serving on the school board, she has supported expanding equity work in the district and helped oversee increased graduation rates.

  • Incumbent Sandra Zavala-Ortega is running to retain Position 2 on the Vancouver School Board. She is a small business owner and was a family resource coordinator with Vancouver Public Schools for five years. Zavala-Ortega was appointed to this seat in April of this year.

    Zavala-Ortega started as a kindergartener in Vancouver Public Schools speaking no English. She is proud of the fact that she was a proficient speaker when she graduated and she wants to provide that same opportunity for all students. Zavala-Ortega also wants to use her experience as a business owner to implement responsible budgets for the district. Her campaign is emphasizing academic achievements and rebuilding trust in the community.

    Also in this race is Michelle Belkot. Belkot is a veteran who works in construction and engineering contracts. Her platform mentions careful management of the district's finances but lacks the level of detail of Zavala-Ortega's platform.

    Zavala-Ortega's experience and focus on the needs of students make her the best choice in the race for Vancouver School Board, Position 2.

    Sandra Zavala-Ortega

    Incumbent Sandra Zavala-Ortega is running to retain Position 2 on the Vancouver School Board. She is a small business owner and was a family resource coordinator with Vancouver Public Schools for five years. Zavala-Ortega was appointed to this seat in April of this year.

    Sandra Zavala-Ortega

    Incumbent Sandra Zavala-Ortega is running to retain Position 2 on the Vancouver School Board. She is a small business owner and was a family resource coordinator with Vancouver Public Schools for five years. Zavala-Ortega was appointed to this seat in April of this year.

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  • Incumbent Wendy Smith is running for re-election to Vancouver School Board, Position 3. Smith has served as a school board director since 2017 and was previously a teacher for 17 years. Her campaign platform is focused on addressing the mental health challenges facing students, improving the school board's transparency, and supporting dual-language programs. Smith wants to respect community demands to ensure resources are allocated to programs that will improve the lives of students.

    Smith is facing Jorge Bailey in this race. Bailey is a veteran who directs three nonprofit organizations in the Clark County area and has 30 years of experience working in finance. However, the platform he lists on his website neglects important issues like providing more mental health resources for students and expanding the school district's curriculum.

    Smith is the best choice in the race for Vancouver School Board, Position 3.

    Wendy Smith

    Incumbent Wendy Smith is running for re-election to Vancouver School Board, Position 3. Smith has served as a school board director since 2017 and was previously a teacher for 17 years.

    Wendy Smith

    Incumbent Wendy Smith is running for re-election to Vancouver School Board, Position 3. Smith has served as a school board director since 2017 and was previously a teacher for 17 years.