Joint Press Release Clark County GOP/Dems

For Immediate Release



The Clark County Republicans and the Clark County Democrats strongly condemn the actions of a shooter in Virginia this morning whose unprovoked and deliberate act wounded four people, including an United States congressman and local law enforcement officers. The local parties have long planned to hold a softball game between the parties called “The Clark Cup” this Sunday, June 18th which will also serve as a fundraiser for “Santa’s Posse”, a local children’s charity. Off duty Clark County Sheriff’s deputies will be assisting with our game and serving as umpires. We are working closely with the Clark County Sheriff’s office to ensure the safety and comfort of our attendees and players for the game on Sunday. Both Clark County GOP Chair David Gellatly and Clark County Democratic Chair Rich Rogers are committed to providing a fun, safe, family oriented and secure event celebrating our community and our ability to engage with each other in a civil and productive manner. Our thoughts and prayers are with those who have been impacted by this morning’s shooting and both local parties are committed to moving forward and not letting this terrible act prevent us from promoting events to bring our community together. We feel we could all use this reminder more than ever. We look forward to seeing you at the game on Sunday, June 18th at 1pm, Luke Jensen Field, Vancouver WA. 

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2017 Lincoln Day Dinner Continuing with Tomi Lahren

I am writing you on behalf of the Lincoln Day Dinner Committee.   In light of recent of events, many have expressed concerns about  whether  we should  allow Tomi Lahren to join Lars Larson as a featured speaker  at our annual Lincoln Day Dinner.   We greatly appreciate your feedback, which we take very seriously.   Most importantly,  we want to assure everyone  that we stand firm on our core principles and will not waiver on them. Life is at the forefront of everything we stand for as a party, along with our other core principles.

  • SANCTITY OF LIFE--Human life, regardless of age, has the right to legal protection.
  • ACCOUNTABILITY--Public officials should be held accountable to their oath of office, regardless of party affiliation.
  • EQUALITY UNDER LAW--Public officials should not exempt themselves from our laws or regulations.
  • MINIMAL GOVERNMENT--Government's powers should be minimal, clearly defined, and honestly interpreted.

Tomi’s View:  Tomi has expressed that personally she is pro-life.  She has made that clear publicly many times prior to her appearance on The View where she made a conflicting and confusing statement.   She has actively mentored women to choose another path when they were considering abortion.  However, she claims her view of limited government extends to the abortion conversation, and believes compassion rather than government is the best path to resolve the issue. While we do NOT agree with her view on the topic, we listened and we understand there are those in our party who believe this as well.    The Clark County Republican Party's Platform includes the plank that life begins at conception and that this life has constitutional rights.

Education vs. Exclusion:  In order to change minds and hearts, we feel that we must first be able to have a dialogue with people who hold different or developing opinions.  This is especially important with the youth of our nation, whose opinions of today can change tomorrow.   The Republican Party has a Platform  that is a strong statement of our core principles.  However, our platform  does not require that we all agree at all times.  Tomi represents a new generation coming into the party as well as politically active millennials and more.   If we do not allow Tomi to participate, we may miss a great opportunity to educate both her and the next generation, bring them into the conversation, and advance our platform and principles.  Shouldn't we open the door to that conversation?   The Left slams doors.  We hope to open a door to discussion and an opportunity to advance our principles.

Feedback from Members: We carefully listened to all those who gave us feedback on the issue. Some requested we cancel, but a very large majority asked us to let her speak. While considering all concerns, we have decided to honor our contract with Tomi as well as the many attendees who have purchased tickets. Most people prefer that we allow for difference of opinion in some areas when we agree on the majority of issues. We are also being shown this can be an opportunity to show others that our party is the party that can both stand firm on our principles while allowing differences to be heard.

Moving Forward: We know many will come to hear Lars Larson speak and many will come to hear Tomi  Lahren speak. We know many will come that  have been attending for years simply because they support the party, its platform, and its core values. No matter the reason you have for attending, we thank you.   We also know that   some may choose not to attend and we respect your choice and hope you will join us in future endeavors.   You are always welcome.   Please join us in using whatever opportunities are afforded  to speak to our platform and inform and educate others. This may be an opportunity like we have never had before, to reach out to new people and a whole new generation.  Tomi has offered to make us a personal video  to address our concerns.  We look forward to seeing what she has to say. 

A personal message from your Chairman:

Dear friends,

When this issue first came up, I held a different opinion.   As I began listening to all of the comments and concerns and opinions on this matter,  I gradually came to believe there was a better way forward.  Initially, I began looking for other speakers.  I was very disappointed and wanted to replace her. Then I began to hear from many of you on social media, by email, phone calls and personal messages as well as the feedback of our event committee. I am so grateful for your input and I thank each of you that reached out.  I became reminded that my salvation comes from grace, and also where I would be without it.  I thought of my life and the views I held at 24 years of age, and the lessons I have learned since then.  My mind changed as I realized that shutting this door  would possibly be seen by a generation of developing young people as slamming the door on them because they do not yet understand  or believe what many of us believe.   Your feedback helped me realize the best option is to allow growth  and to reach out and show grace.

And so, our  Events Committee  came to the conclusion  that the chance for growth outweighed the option of turning her away at the door.

In support of our party, our principles and platform, we hope you join us June 24th for the largest Lincoln Day Dinner event we have ever hosted. If you would like to be involved or volunteer, please contact us. Please click here for tickets and more information.

Thank you.  I sincerely appreciate you! 

David R. Gellatly


Clark County Republican Party

Clark County Republican Party

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Central Committee Endorses 2016 Candidates

Press Release: Clark County Republican Party Nominates All Republican Primary Winners, Makes Ballot Recommendations

Vancouver, WA  8/27/16:    The Clark County Republican Central Committee provided guidance to voters Saturday by deciding which candidates to endorse in the November elections.  The Central Committee is the governing body of the Party consisting of the Precinct Committee Officers (PCOs) elected or appointed per state law.

All Republican candidates were invited to attend.  They were first nominated for the position by the PCOs within their district, that vote was consequently ratified by the entire body whereupon the candidate was invited to speak.  All Republican candidates received the nomination of the PCOs on Saturday.

After all the nominations and speeches were concluded, the PCOs met privately to discuss endorsements.  They had three options:

ENDORSE:           The party can actively support the candidate and the candidate has access to party resources.

NO POSITION:   The party will neither actively support nor actively oppose the candidate.  Access to party resources is limited.  This is the default position when the Precinct Committee Officers do not vote to “Endorse” or to “Oppose”.  If an endorsement motion fails, the position is “No Position” unless a specific motion to oppose passes.

OPPOSE:              The party MAY actively oppose the candidate but is not obligated to do so.  No access to party resources.

Following are the results of the meeting:

President - Endorse Donald Trump, Oppose: Hillary Clinton

US Senator – No Position: Chris Vance, Oppose: Patty Murray

US Representative, 3rd Dist. – No Position: Jaime Herrera Beutler, Oppose: Jim Moeller

Governor- Endorse: Bill Bryant, Oppose: Jay Inslee

Lt. Governor – Endorse: Marty McClendon, Oppose: Cyrus Habib

Secretary of State – Endorse: Kim Wyman, Oppose: Tina Podlodowski

State Treasurer – Endorse: Michael Waite, Endorse: Duane Davidson

State Auditor – Endorse: Mark Miloscia, Oppose:  Pat (Patrice) McCarthy

Attorney General – Endorse: Joshua Trumbull (L), Oppose: Bob Ferguson

Comm. Of Public Lands – Endorse: Steve McLaughlin, Oppose: Hilary Franz

Insurance Commissioner – Endorse: Richard Schrock, Oppose: Mike Kreidler

14th Leg District Senate - Endorse: Amanda Richards (75% supermajority required, motion to endorse passed unanimously), No Position: Curtis King

14th Leg District Representative Pos 1 – Endorse: Norm Johnson, Oppose: Susan Soto Palmer

14th Leg District Representative Pos 1 – Endorse: Gina McCabe, Oppose: John (Eric) Adams

17th Leg District Senate – Endorse: Lynda Wilson, Oppose: Tim Probst

17th Leg District Representative Pos 1 – Endorse: Vicki Kraft, Oppose: Sam Kim

17th Leg District Representative Pos 2 – Endorse: Paul Harris, Oppose: Martin Hash

18th Leg District Senate – No Position: Ann Rivers (Subsequent motion to oppose Rivers failed 21–22), Oppose: Eric K. Holt

18th Leg District Representative Pos 1 – Endorse: Brandon Vick, Oppose: Justin Oberg

18th Leg District Representative Pos 2 – Endorse: Liz Pike, Oppose: Kathy Gillespie

20th Leg District Senate – Endorse: John Braun

20th Leg District Representative Pos 1 – Endorse: Richard DeBolt

20th Leg District Representative Pos 2 – Endorse: Ed Orcutt

49th Leg District Senate – Endorse: Lewis Gerhardt, Oppose: Annette Cleveland

49th Leg District Representative Pos 1 – Oppose: Sharon Wylie, Kaitlyn Beck

49th Leg District Representative Pos 2 – Oppose: Monica Stonier, Alishia Topper

Clark County Council Dis 3 – Oppose: John Blom, Tanisha Harris

Clark County Council Dis 4 – Endorse: Eileen Quiring, Oppose: Roman Battan

Supreme Court Justice Pos 1 – Endorse: David DeWolf (Motion to endorse passed unanimously)

Supreme Court Justice Pos 5 – Endorse: Greg Zempel (Motion to endorse passed unanimously), Oppose: Barbara Madsen

Supreme Court Justice Pos 6 – Dave Larson (Motion to endorse passed unanimously)

Clark PUD Pos 2 – Endorse: Nancy Barnes

The PCOs also voted to oppose Initiatives 732, 735 & 1464.

For more information, contact Chairman Kenny Smith at 360-521-8565 or

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CCRP Endorses "Write In Liz Pike" Campaign

For Immediate Release August 28th 2015

CCRP Endorses Write In Liz Pike campaign, and additional candidates, in the 2015 General Election.

On Wednesday, August 26, 2015, the Clark County Republican Party Precinct Committee Officers (PCOs) considered their options in the County Chair race.

They met next door to Shared Hope International, the acclaimed non-profit organization founded by Clark County’s last victorious write-in candidate, Linda Smith.

Finding themselves without a conservative candidate in the race for county chair, the Republican PCOs overwhelmingly endorsed the Write In Liz Pike for County Chair campaign. They took the additional step to officially oppose the candidacies of Marc Boldt and Mike Delasandro for the same position.

Noting that the conservative credentials of Liz Pike are unquestioned, and that she has stated she would serve if elected through this draft campaign, over 79% of the voting PCOs expressed their belief that writing in Liz Pike for County Chair was the best option for the future of Clark County government.

This is exciting news for conservatives of Clark County who are frustrated by the lack of a Republican on the November ballot. The success of this campaign will depend on each voter recruiting others to write in the name of Liz Pike in the County Chair race.

We are confident that a universally respected leader like Liz Pike is the winning formula for Clark County.

Other endorsements on Wednesday included Julie Olson for County Councilor, District 2; Dick Rylander, Battle Ground School Board; Rosemary Fryer, Vancouver School Board; Lisa Ross, Port Commission. Prior endorsements include Frank Decker for Evergreen School Board and Dan Coursey for Washougal City Council.

For additional information contact:
Kenny Smith, Chairman 
Clark County Republican Party 

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Defeat the Freeholders' Charter

At the Thursday, August 22nd meeting of the Clark County Republican Central Committee, the Precinct Committee Officers passed a "Resolution to Defeat the Freeholders' Charter".  The resolution highlights four principles of good governance and then demonstrates how the proposed charter fails to serve on those points and therefore deserves to be defeated in November.  The four areas are:

The Republican Party believes that transparency is essential to good governance.

The Republican Party is deeply committed to the principle that government must be accountable and responsive to the citizens it serves.

The Republican Party believes in the importance of checks and balances on power.

The Republican Party is an advocate for limited and cost-effective government.

 The resolution then closes with "Whereas, the Freeholders’ Charter unnecessarily changes this long established form of  County government.

Now therefore, be it resolved, we the Clark County Republican Party urge the defeat of the Freeholders’ Charter when it appears on the November 2014 ballot."

To see the resolution, please click on the link below. 

Resolution to Defeat the Charter

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Vote NO on I-594

At Thursday night's meeting (8/21/14) of the Clark County Republican Party Central Committee, the Precinct Committee Officers passed a Resolution urging a NO vote on Washington Initiative 594.  

The resolution highlights numerous critical flaws in the initiative and demonstrates how it is actually an assault on free people with no hope of reducing the number of firearms in the hands of criminals.

The Clark County Republican Party urges a NO vote on Initiative 594.

Click on link below to read the complete resolution.

I-594 Resolution

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New Leadership Elected

For Immediate Release 2/24/2014

Contact: Kenny Smith

Clark County Republican Party Elects New Chairman & Vice Chairman

New Chairman Kenny Smith thanks Lynda Wilson for her service to the local GOP.  Her remarkable success as chairman resulted in overwhelming calls to run for the State Legislature.  Lynda Wilson resigned to concentrate on her 17th District Representative campaign.  Her website can be found at . Vice chairman Steve Nelson also resigned as the bylaws required him to become chairman though other obligations precluded him from assuming the role.  He will continue to be active in the party.

VANCOUVER, WA.  On February 11th, 2014, 139 Republican Precinct Committee Officers met at Clark College’s Columbia Tech Center and elected Kenny Smith and Brenda Poletti as their Chairman and Vice Chairman.



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Chairman Wilson to Resign






January 14th, 2014

Contact: Lynda Wilson, Chairman, Clark County Republican Party


It is with both sadness and pride that I must announce that the Clark County Republican Party Board of Directors has received notice from Chairman Lynda Wilson of her intent to resign as Chairman effective January 31st.  News came in a letter from Chairman Wilson siting the need to focus on her campaign for State House of Representatives in the 17th District.

Pursuant to the governing bylaws of the Clark County Republican Party it is my duty and intent to call a special meeting of the Central Committee in order to elect a new Chairman as quickly as possible. This will ensure the continued efficient operation of the Clark County Republican Party.   Precinct Committee Officers should monitor their email for a future call to the previously mentioned special meeting.

We wish Lynda Wilson much luck in her future endeavors and thank her for her service.


Steven J. Nelson

Vice-Chairman, Clark County Republican Party


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Delavar Steps Down

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November 7, 2013

Contact: Lynda Wilson, Chairman, Clark County Republican Party

On November 6th The Clark County Republican Party Chairman Lynda Wilson received a letter of resignation from the Board’s Permanent Parliamentarian, Michael Delavar. We thank him for his dedicated and fair service.

James Randall will serve as Parliamentarian until such time as a replacement is deemed necessary. 


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Open Letter to Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler

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October 18, 2013

Contact: Lynda Wilson, Chairman, Clark County Republican Party

The Clark County Board of Directors have issued the attached open letter to Congress Woman Jaime Herrera Beutler regarding public comments made on October 15th, 2013 and the October 16th vote on the Continuing Resolution 

 Click here to see letter


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