From the Chairman's Desk- October 26, 2014

Priority Number One: Get Our Allies to 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


Priority Number One:  Get our Allies to Vote.  There are just nine days to contact voters who have not turned in a ballot.  Some races will be super close and your participation now could make the difference.  We have easy, but critical tasks you can do this week.  Please call Kenny at 360-521-8565 or Brenda at 503-380-6918 if you can lend a hand, but don’t delay.  This opportunity will pass quickly. 

Campaign Signs Down   –Wind and Vandalism.  Oh, what a mess we woke up to this morning as we saw campaign signs down everywhere because of the wind.  It is just concerned men and women who put those signs up and they could sure use a hand getting them back into place right now.  One person can usually get a sign righted with just a screw gun and a hammer.

Also, there has been significant vandalism.  RCW 29A.84.040 states that a person who removes or defaces lawfully placed political advertising including yard signs or billboards without authorization is guilty of a misdemeanor punishable with jail time and a fine.  In 2012, a $500 fine and community service was the sentence for one sign thief and his name and photo was all over the media. 

Since we all carry cameras on our phones now, please take pictures of any sign vandalism in progress.  We would like to stop the persons responsible.  Both Democrat and Republican signs have been targeted, wasting valuable resources. 

When you see campaign signs needing attention, please take a minute to fix them and keep our candidates looking sharp!

A great suggestion by the Freedom Foundation regarding the Clark County Logo.  It says: "If the charter passes, Clark County may need to remove the paddle from their logo":


NEW CHARTER VIDEO:  Because of the critical need to reject Prop 1, the Home Rule Charter, the information from last week is repeated below.  However, this excellent new video has been added:

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 terrific video from our friends at

To read the actual proposed charter click here

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


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

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.

ELECTION NIGHT CELEBRATION AND HOEDOWN! November 4th, 6:00pm - 10:00pm
Prairie Bar & Grill  14925 NE Caples Rd, Brush Prairie, Washington 98606
Open to all candidates and all Republican supporters!  Free Pizza sponsored by Liz Pike, Lynda Wilson and Dick Sohn.
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.



GOTV Workers Needed: We have GOTV tasks that need more volunteers.  We have exciting new technology working for us, but human volunteers have not been entirely eliminated.  Please participate in these redefined GOTV tasks.  We're anxious to show you our new processes.  Call Kenny at 360-521-8565 to learn more.

Office Staff: We still have a shift or two that could use help, especially this week while the office is extra busy.  Give Brenda a call: 503-380-6918.

Temporary Drop Off Site needed:
  Let us know if you have space to use as a temporary drop-off site for signs after the election.  They will likely be wet and dirty so we won’t want to bring them into our nice office.  If you have a lot where we could stack them up and return them to their owners it would be appreciated.  Contact Kenny 360-521-8565.


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

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