From The Chairman's Desk- November 10, 2015

An Election Recap and a Look Forward

Thank you to everyone who participated in this year’s election.  Less than 34% of Clark County’s registered voters turned in a ballot, which put us just slightly behind the statewide average of 37%.  If you would like to verify that your ballot was received you can look here: www.myvote.wa.gov/.  After entering your information click “Ballot Status” on the next page.

Twenty five volunteers from the Clark County Republican Party served as election observers during three weeks of ballot processing that just ended.  We are grateful for these Elections office-certified volunteers who perform this service for you.  If you would like to assist them in this capacity watch for the next class offered in June 2016.  CVTV has just produced a story in the life of a ballot which shows the various ballot processes (which we observe): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IDOP8dUQ5Rk.  Our election observers can be seen at work if you know where to look.

Our call center attracted over 70 volunteers who contacted voters, using sophisticated communication technologies, to encourage them to vote.  While overall turnout was rather dismal, the percentage of Republicans that voted was greater which resulted in many successes.

We put forth a great effort on the Write-in Campaign.  We're very proud of the Party for giving the voters a conservative choice for County Chair and really proud of the volunteers and voters that promoted the campaign.  While the campaign did not prevail, the large Republican turnout helped many of our other candidates and issues succeed including:

I-1366, the Tim Eyman initiative

Julie Olson for County Council District 2 --PCO

Shane Bowman Battle Ground City Council –unopposed PCO

Steve Phelps Battle Ground City Council – unopposed PCO

Dan Coursey Washougal City Council – PCO

Rosemary Fryer Vancouver School Board

Tom Gianatasio East County Fire Commission – unopposed PCO

(Five of the six races were won by Clark County Republican Party PCOs)

And many other races where we had no particular connection, but we still enjoyed seeing them benefit from the higher conservative turnout.

OK, on to 2016, which will be a huge election year with the following races on the ballot:

National

  • President
  • one US Senate seat
  • US House. 

WA State

  • Governor
  • Lieutenant Governor
  • Secretary of State
  • Treasurer
  • Auditor
  • Attorney General
  • Insurance Commissioner
  • Superintendent of Public Instruction
  • Superintendent of Public Lands
  • three State Supreme Court Justices
  • one State Court of Appeals Judge

Clark County

  • two County Councilors
  • ten Superior Court Judges
  • one PUD Commissioner
  • three Diking and Drainage Commissioners.

Legislative District

  • Both Representatives from each LD: 14, 17, 18, 20, 49 (A total of 10 positons)
  • State Senators from each LD: 14, 17, 18, 20, 49 (A total of 5 positons)

It is not too early to be thinking about these races.  We had over 100 volunteers working for this “off year” election, not counting the volunteers working directly with the candidates.  We’ll need many times that for 2016.  Won’t you help us by signing up now to volunteer and by supporting us with your contributions

Campaign Signs: A really terrific job cleaning up signs occurred immediately after Election Day!  Thank you to everyone who participated.  If you find any wayward Republican-endorsed signs, please bring them to HQ (9401 NE Covington Rd) where we will be sure to get them back to their owners.  You can leave them around back if after hours.  If you see signs we missed please let us know the location and we’ll alert our team to retrieve them.

SB5263 HOA property Rights: Watch this newsletter for a homeowner’s forum/discussion group on SB5263--which affects HOA property rights.  Many of you contacted us about your HOA troubles.  SB5263 may not be the solution you desire.

 

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.

  
REPUBLICAN DEBATE TONIGHTNovember 10, 6pm
There is no debate party this time, but you can watch the debate on Fox Business Network at 6pm, with the second-tier candidates at 4pm.  The Ben Carson supporters have invited us back to Leonardo’s Pizza for the Dec 15th debate.

WSRP ANNUAL DINNER November 11, 7:00 – 9:00pm
Seattle Westin 1900 5th Ave, Seattle, WA
Keynote Speaker Dr. Frank Luntz.  Registration closes 6pm tonight.  Click here to register.

CLARK COUNTY RIGHT TO LIFE BOARD MEETING November 16, 6:30pm
Call Gerry for location and to RSVP. 695-6343 or email 4life@clarkrtl.org
Anyone welcomed to attend.  Our all-volunteer board meets every other month to discuss past activities and plan for future events. This month's agenda includes planning for our January Roe v Wade memorial rally at the Clark County Courthouse on Jan. 22 at 1pm and other

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 at6:00pm 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!

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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