From the Chairman's Desk-December 1, 2015

Goal: Elect Republicans State-Wide

Join us for the Night Before New Year’s Eve Party on December 30th.  While Republicans hold nearly every elective partisan office in Clark County and the state legislature, we have only one statewide officeholder, Secretary of State, Kim Wyman.  The offices currently held by Democrats include Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Treasurer (currently under a 17-count indictment), Auditor, Attorney General, Insurance Commissioner, and Superintendent of Public Lands.  Let’s make a New Year’s Resolution to win Republican leadership in each of those offices.  At our party on the 30th you will get the opportunity to meet Governor candidate, Bill Bryant (website   Facebook  Twitter), Treasurer candidate,  Mark Miloscia   (website   Facebook   Twitter), and US Senate candidate Chris Vance (website   Facebook   Twitter).  A link for tickets will soon be available at our website: www.clarkrepublicans.org

Very sad news regarding the passing of Ron Rasmussen Sr:  Ron Rasmussen was a great Republican supporter who meant much to this county and the Clark County Republican Party.  He served as our chairman for many years in the 1980s and was well known and admired by all.  His big smile, terrific stories and generosity will truly be missed.  His family sent the following letter yesterday and has allowed us to share it with you:

Ladies and Gentlemen:  It is our sad honor to confirm that Ron Rasmussen Sr. has passed from the scene.  The demise occurred yesterday, Sunday, 29 November 2015, at Kaiser Sunnyside Hospital in Clackamas, Oregon, near Portland.  He was surrounded by family members at the bedside.

There will be a memorial service on Saturday, 12 December 2015, at 200pm, at Vancouver First United Methodist Church, located at the corner of NE 33rd Avenue at Main Street in downtown Vancouver WA. 

Please feel free to contact Joan (wife) at 360-256-1167, or mail: Joan Rasmussen 7806 NE 69th Street Vancouver  WA  98664-4310

Please feel free to contact Ron Jr. (son) at 360-896-9394  or  tallraz.886@gmail.com or mail:  Ron Rasmussen Jr. 510 Louisville Way Vancouver  WA  98664-1239

Please feel free to contact Kathy (daughter) at 253-350-0209, or kfosjord@gmail.com or mail: John & Kathy Fosjord 20044 SE 299th Ct Kent  WA  98042

Thank you.
The Rasmussen Family

Legislative Fundraising Freeze:  There are just 12 days left for our state Representatives and Senators to accept your campaign contributions.  Every State Representative and State Senator in Clark County is Republican except for the three in the 49th and they are all up for re-election in 2016.  Because they cannot accept contributions while in session they had a very short opportunity last year due to the many added sessions.  
(Also note in the calendar of events below that Reps. Brandon Vick and Paul Harris have a fundraiser this evening).

Clark County Republican Legislators:
14th LD:  Rep. Norm Johnson, Rep. Gina McCabe, Sen. Curtis King
17th LD: Rep. Lynda WilsonRep. Paul HarrisSen. Don Benton
18th LD: Rep. Brandon VickRep. Liz PikeSen. Ann Rivers
20th LD: Rep. Richard DeBoltRep. Ed OrcuttSen. John Braun
49th LD:  No Republicans

Candidate filing week begins for Diking and Drainage District Commissioners.  If you own property in one of these 3 districts you are eligible to run for commissioner.  Election for these offices is on a rather unusual schedule so filing week is December 14 – 18 and the election will be February 2.  Please take a look at this press release and let us know if you need further information.   

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 media@ClarkRepublicans.com.

MEET & GREET FUNDRAISER FOR REPS BRANDON VICK & PAUL HARRIS December 1, 5:30 – 7:30pm
Mill Creek Pub, 1719 SW 9th Avenue, Battle Ground
There is a lot to celebrate as we wind down 2015, and there is even more to look forward to as we head into the 2016 legislative session!  Please join us for an evening of food, conversation, and great company! We look forward to sharing our vision for the State of Washington, and having a great time with our friends and neighbors! Elected Republican officials from around Washington are also invited to attend.  The minimum suggested contribution for this event is $50.  All donations will be equally split between the two of us unless otherwise requested.   RSVP's can be made to brandon@electbrandonvick.com, or to plharris@comcast.net

  
COUNTY COUNCIL PUBLIC HEARING December 1, 6:00pm
Public Service Center, sixth-floor hearing room, 1300 Franklin St., Vancouver
This is the once per month evening session.  The three county councilors (all Republicans) could use support as they endure constant attack at these meetings.  It would be nice if they could see some friendly faces in the crowd.  Making decisions that can shape the course of life in Clark County for years to come is not an easy process. That’s why before they decide an issue, Clark County’s commissioners get extensive input from community members through citizen advisory groups, town hall meetings, one-on-one conversations, and other means.

REPUBLICAN TOASTMASTER’S CLUB December 3, 5:00pm – 6:30pm
GOP Headquarters 9401 NE Covington Rd, Vancouver
This is a fun and well organized program.  Great camaraderie.  Everyone is welcome and everyone will benefit by participating in this program.

COUNTY COUNCIL PUBLIC HEARING December 8, 10am - noon
Public Service Center, sixth-floor hearing room, 1300 Franklin St., Vancouver
The three county councilors (all Republicans) could use support as they endure constant attack at these meetings.  It would be nice if they could see some friendly faces in the crowd. Making decisions that can shape the course of life in Clark County for years to come is not an easy process. That’s why before they decide an issue, Clark County’s commissioners get extensive input from community members through citizen advisory groups, town hall meetings, one-on-one conversations, and other means.

DISCUSSION ON SB5263--HOA PROPERTY RIGHTS December 8, 6:30 – 8:00pm
Clark County Republican Party HQ - 9401 NE Covington Rd., Vancouver
CCRP is hosting an informative and collaborative discussion on this bill which failed to advance in 2015, but is slated to be reintroduced in 2016.  The bill is controversial due that association boards will gain the ability to violate specific Covenants Codes & Restrictions without your vote or consent as a homeowner.  DON’T LET ANYONE TAKE AWAY YOUR PROPERTY RIGHTS!  Specific problems with the bill as presented in 2015 is attached here.  To RSVP or for additional information on this meeting please contact Vicki Kraft, 17th Legislative District Chairman, at 360-771-5201 or VickCaldwellKraft@ClarkRepublicans.com  

REPUBLICAN TOASTMASTER’S CLUB December 10, 5:00pm – 6:30pm
GOP Headquarters 9401 NE Covington Rd, Vancouver
This is a fun and well organized program.  Great camaraderie.  Everyone is welcome and everyone will benefit by participating in this program.

DEBATE WATCHING PARTY!! December 15, Details to follow
Leonardo's Pizzeria, 16505 SE 1st St, Vancouver, WA
Inviting all conservative patriots!  Sponsored by Clark County for Carson supporters.  The main debate probably starts at 6:00pm but watch for more details as they become available.  Seating is limited to 60 so RSVP to Maureen Trullinger  dleroyt.mt@gmail.com  360-513-3375.  You can also register on the website: www.2016committee.org/events.  Hope to see you all there!

BOOTH AT VANCOUVER GUN SHOW December 19 & 20th
Clark County Fairgrounds 17402 NE Delfel Road, Ridgefield, WA
We’ll have a booth at this event with materials from all the Republican presidential candidates (for which we have literature).  If you would like to help us either at the booth or to make sure your favorite candidate has literature to share with the visitors please give us a call.  The show runs 9-6 on Saturday and 9-4 on Sunday.

NIGHT BEFORE NEW YEAR’S EVE PARTY December 30, 6:00 – 9:00pm
Elks Lodge 11605 SE McGillivray Blvd, Vancouver (a little challenging to find the first time.  Go South on Chkalov from Mill Plain and continue PAST McGillivray.  The large parking lot will be on your right).
Enjoy a great meal, end of the year revelry, and see how 2016 is shaping up for Washington State Republicans.   We anticipate a large number of Republican incumbents to join us as well as candidates Bill Bryant for Governor, Chris Vance for US Senate & Mark Miloscia for State Treasurer.  A link for tickets will soon be available at our website: www.clarkrepublicans.org

2016 WA STATE LEGISLATIVE SESSION BEGINS January 11, 2016

2016 STATEWIDE CAUCUSES February 20, 2016, 10:00am
Locations in Clark County TBD
The party platform will be discussed and resolutions presented.  Delegates to the county convention will be elected from each precinct.  The precinct caucus is a great setting to meet your neighbors who also wish to advocate Republican principles.  Please contact us if you want to help organize an effective event.

Please encourage others to sign up for our mailing list at http://www.clarkrepublicans.org/join.  Many do not know that we send information every week in email form.  This will be very important in the months ahead as we approach caucus and convention season.  Also, people may have to rejoin from time to time as their email provider takes them off our list thinking we are spam.  It happens every week and we have no control over it.  So if you ever hear anyone say that they used to get the newsletter, but no longer, they were likely removed by their own provider and they need to rejoin at the link above.


Call me.   I am available to you any time,

Kenny Smith
Chairman
Clark County Republican Party
KennySmith@ClarkRepublicans.com 
360-521-8565

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