From the Chairman's Desk-August 16, 2015

Straw Poll at the Fair

Arriving home well after midnight from the Clark County Fair I postponed compiling this week’s email until today.  Because this is later than normal let me point out the “De-fund Planned Parenthood” event tomorrow at Esther Short Park at noon.  Details below in the “Coming Events” section.

Success at the Clark County Fair.  47 volunteers filled the 60 shifts during our 10 days at the fair.  Understandably there is a lot of interest in the Presidential race so we conducted a straw poll to engage the fair-goers.  Note that our methodology differs considerably from the typical media reported polls.  Selecting the top three candidates and the one bottom candidate gives a better sense of candidates and issues that drive the public.  For example, three similar candidates may split a winning number of votes, thus potentially giving a lesser-regarded candidate the appearance of greater standing.  The least favorite candidate question can show whether a candidate has significant opposition.  The scoring we used was 3 points for a First Choice, 2 points for Second Choice, 1 Point for a Third Choice and -3 points for a Least Favorite choice.  (Sunday’s ballots have not been added to the totals yet.)


We also calculated Second Choice per First Choice Candidate and Least Favorite per First Choice Candidate, but it is too wide of a file to share here.  I’d be happy to send you the excel file.  If some of those names are unfamiliar there are something like 39 declared Republican candidates.  We don't normally hear about most of them, but obviously someone has.

Return those yard signs.  Except for candidates continuing on to the general election, please bring Republican yard signs to HQ and we will get them back to their rightful owners.  That would include signs for Tom Mielke, David Madore, Jeanne Stewart & Mary Benton.  We have staff M-F 11:30-5:30.  Republican Party HQ is at 9401 NE Covington Rd, Vancouver. 

HQ Office Staff needed:  With vacation season upon us we need additional office staff to allow our volunteers to take some breaks.  Contact Brenda Poletti if you can help out: 503-380-6918 or


Coming Events
The events listed may or may not be organized, sponsored or endorsed by the CCRP.  If you have events that you would like to see listed, please send them to


Esther Short Park, West 6th Street, Vancouver, WA 
Abortion giant Planned Parenthood must be defunded, and we must tell elected officials and candidates we will not stand for millions of our federal tax dollars annually funding abortion and the sale of baby body parts.  Author Cindy Brunk of Silent No More and Jeff Waters of Vancouver Filmworks will address us.  Stand up for pre-born children, their mothers, and taxpayers.  Info:  Ann Makar, amakar1@gmail.com360-910-1907.

REPUBLICAN TOASTMASTER’S CLUB August 20, 5:00pm – 6:30pm
GOP Headquarters 9401 NE Covington Rd, Vancouver
This is a well-organized effort that will help you promote your point of view at town hall meetings, in the elevator or on the campaign trail.  Why don't you check it out this week?

La Center High School, Northeast Highland Avenue, La Center, WA
Come Back to the Future with us at the La Center Twilight Parade. The parade starts at 8:00PM.  Meet at La Center High School at 7:00 to light up the convertible. Volunteers will hand out goodies slog the parade route. Wolfgang will be walking with us! Julie Olson 360-609-3145

REPUBLICAN TOASTMASTER’S CLUB August 27, 5:00pm – 6:30pm
GOP Headquarters 9401 NE Covington Rd, Vancouver
Many have commented lately that they want to visit our Toastmaster’s group.  Please do!  This is a fun and well organized program and it even gets out on time!  Everyone benefits with improved speaking skills, and it is an excellent opportunity for new candidates.

Call me.   I am available to you any time,


Kenny Smith
Clark County Republican Party 

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