From the Chairman's Desk- October 19, 2014

Candidates Are Ready for Your Vote!

Watch our calendar and send event announcements to especially when you see opportunities for our candidates or public meetings regarding the Home Rule Charter, or the anti-gun initiative, I-594

Vote Early.  Save money.  The candidates and your Republican Party will save time and money if you get your ballots in early.  Only people who have not turned in ballots get the calls and personal visits.  Voting early allows us to focus our limited resources elsewhere.

Proposition 1, The Home Rule Charter, is not about Charter Schools.  It is about changing our 124 year-old form of county government and never going back if we regret the decision.  Many people are convinced that the Charter is the wrong direction to take the county and urge you to VOTE NO.  
A few of them are:
The Precinct Committee Officers of the Clark County Republican Party who turned out in record numbers to overwhelmingly pass a resolution opposing the Charter.  Their resolution can be found here.
Representative Liz Pike who stated “This Charter will make Clark County the most bureaucratically controlled county on the entire west coast”  You can watch the rest of her presentation here.
County Commissioner Tom Mielke had this to say: “I am now saddened and deeply disappointed by what the Charter has become. Yes, it is a missed opportunity. But it is worse than that, it has been hijacked! And if passed, this Charter will harm Clark County citizens for generations....I am therefore urging you and every voter in Clark County to join me in defeating it in November.
Marvin Case, Publisher Emeritus, The Reflector: “Several aspects of the proposed Clark County charter lead me to vote “No.”  .”The proposal may be lucrative for politicians, but it’s bad for the public.  I prefer the present system in which responsibility is clear and the public knows exactly where to turn for change. As it is today, “the buck stops” with the county commissioners which may give politicians fits but is in the best interests of the public.”...
”Some proponents point to the separation of powers at the federal level as a model for county government. Thoughtful citizens may wonder if they want the federal model running county government.”…
”Only six of Washington’s 39 counties have adopted charters. The arguments contained in this column probably explain why that’s the case.” (Referring to his 2-part column found here: Part 1 and Part 2)
Glen Morgan, Grassroots Director at the Freedom Foundation:  “Of the six Washington State Charter counties, FIVE of those counties achieved more debt, higher taxes and more regulation.  Turning over power of government to an unelected county manager with almost zero effective oversight is not a recipe for more responsive government.”  The Freedom Foundation has an article titled: The Clark County Charter—a Quest for Utopia or Inevitable Fiasco? and Glen Morgan also interviewed Representative Liz Pike which can be heard here.
Many more testimonials can be found here

Here’s a great new video from our friends at

To read the actual proposed charter click here

Still need a voter’s guide?  You can find one here:

JOIN OUR VOTER CONTACT TEAM and help remind people to turn in their ballots.  Bring a laptop computer if you can, but join us regardless.  Do you have a computer you could donate until November 5th?  We can use your help Monday through Friday 5-8pm, Saturday 11am to 8pm and Sunday 5pm-8pm. Please contact Kelly Harms, Volunteer coordinator for details and to get on our schedule: or call Brenda Poletti at

A message from Susan Hutchison, Chairman, Washington State Republican Party (Reprinted in part):
“Ballots for the November 4 general election are being mailed out this week.  Hundreds of thousands of voters throughout our state will be reviewing their voters' guides, filling out and mailing in their ballots, and voting for the candidates they believe will best represent their values.
It is more important than ever to engage with voters before Election Day.  In key districts throughout the state, grassroots Republicans are connecting with targeted voters on the phone and in person to get out the vote.  The feedback we are receiving is tremendous, but we need more volunteers to elect Republicans, defeat Democrats, and achieve balance in Olympia.
Will you join us? Every call and every door knock matters.  Defeating the progressive agenda of Jay Inslee, Tom Steyer, Michael Bloomberg, and the Democratic machine is crucial, and even volunteering one hour for the next 18 days could determine the outcome of the election.

Thanks in advance for your willingness to sacrifice your time, talent, and treasure for our great Republican candidates.  Together, we can win!


Susan Hutchison
Chairman, Washington State Republican Party


Check out the calendar as there are more non-candidate events that might interest you.

LATTE DA COFFEEHOUSE MEET & GREET October 20th5:30pm – 7:30pm
Latte Da Coffeehouse and Wine Bar 205 E 39th St, Vancouver
Latte Da Coffeehouse & Wine Bar continues to build community by hosting a “Meet the Candidates” Night. They will be closed to outside business so that the community can engage the candidates, enjoy stellar service and tasty beers, wines and treats. Each office and all the candidates running for that office will have a separate area in which to engage the community. We hope to have all of the candidates represented. This is your chance to meet the candidates in person and ask the questions that make a difference to you.

SCOTT WEBER FUNDRAISER AT THE CAR MUSEUM October 22nd, 5:00pm – 8:00pm
The Museum: Cars by Ron Wade at 1015 NE 78th St
The festivities will celebrate Scott's successes in the Clerk's office the past four years and promote his continued efficiency, reliability, and accountability the next four. The Hoosegow BBQ among other refreshments will be served while enjoying musical entertainment and a sneak peek at The Museum: Cars by Ron Wade. Contact Tamlyn Groth with questions or to RSVP at 360-356-6070 or

Cascade Park Community Library, 600 NE 136th Avenue, Vancouver
Representatives from the Pro and Con sides will present and answer questions.

El Presidente 312 E Evergreen Blvd, Vancouver
Please Join us at a fun and casual Fundraising Reception to honor Josie Townsend as she heads into the home stretch of her Election to become Clark County Prosecutor. We encourage you to bring others and help us spread the word about this event.

CLIMATE CHANGE FORUM October 23rd, 6:00pm – 8:30pm
Fort Vancouver Downtown Library, Columbian Room, 901 C St, Vancouver
Are Anthropogenic CO2 Emissions Leading to Catastrophic Climate Change? Bill Turlay, Vancouver city councilman, is holding this Forum. Attendees have to be on the guest list as seating is limited.  Call Bill at 360.608.4689, Stephanie at 360.608.9469, or Carolyn at 503.984.5659 to sign up. 
Bill's three speakers all have PhD’s and are well versed in the topic: Dr Gordon Fulks, Dr Don Easterbrook, and Dr Nils Morner. The latter two were speakers at the last Heartland conference.  Taking the Pro side of the issue will be Don Steinke (Sierra Club,, Ryan Rittenhouse (Friends of the Gorge), and third member not disclosed in time for publication.

The Heathman Lodge, 7801 NE Greenwood Drive, Vancouver
Call 1-866-437-5433 For Details

LAST DAY TO REGISTER TO VOTE: October 27th 5:00pm
Clark County Elections:  1408 Franklin Street, Vancouver  
Must be done in person.  Call 360-397-2345 for Details

Three Creeks Community Library, 800-C NE Tenney Road, Vancouver 
Representatives from the Pro and Con sides will present and answer questions.


Prairie Bar & Grill  14925 NE Caples Rd, Brush Prairie, Washington 98606
Join Lynda Wilson & Liz Pike on General Election Night.  Complimentary Pizza; no host dinner and beverage menu.
Please RSVP to

GENERAL ELECTION  November 4th.  Ballots have arrived!  If you do not have yours please contact the elections office at 360-397-2345.





County seeks applicants for Substance Abuse Advisory Board  Deadline is 5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 8.  Click here for details:


Support GOP candidates and issues by writing letters to the editor.  The three local papers have different rules for frequency and length of letters:
The Reflector: send to
Limit of two letters per calendar quarter. 400 words or less. Include name, city and phone number.  Letters submitted byWednesday at 5:00 get the best shot at the following Wednesday edition.
The Columbian: send to:
Limit letters to 200 words (100 words if endorsing or opposing a political candidate) and allow 30 days between submissions. Include name, address and daytime phone number for verification; only the name and home town will be published.
Camas-Washougal Post: send to
Limit letters to about 300 words. Submit twice a month. Include name, city and phone number. Letters need to be submitted by Friday at 5:00 for the following Wednesday paper.

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Please call me.  I am available to you any time,

Kenny Smith
Clark County Republican Party
360-521-8565 Cell
360-695-1609 Office