August 7, 2009 Volume 110 Number 15

Labor council in Vancouver makes picks for August primary election

Ballots have been sent to residents eligible to vote in this month’s Washington primary election. The deadline to return ballots is Aug. 18. If more than one candidate is running for a post, only the top two vote-getters will advance to the general election in November.

In Southwest Washington, the Clark, Skamania, Klickitat Central Labor Council has issued endorsements in several races.

At the City of Vancouver, the labor council supports Jack Burkman for an open seat on the City Council, Position 1. Burkman is running against three others in a seat being vacated by incumbent Pat Jollota. The labor council also endorsed Anne McEnerny-Ogle for Position 3. She is challenging incumbent Jeanne Harris, who has garnered endorsements from several union locals. The Vancouver City Council is a non-partisan race.

For Battle Ground City Council, the labor group likes incumbent Mayor Michael Ciraulo for Position 1; Michael Dalesandro in Position 4; Adrian Cortes for Position 5, and incumbent Bill Ganley for Position 6.

The labor council endorsed Mark Rohr for a seat on the non-partisan Washougal City Council. It also supports the re-election of Port of Vancouver Commissioner Nancy Baker.

Nationally, the labor council endorsed HR 676, the single-payer health care reform bill sponsored by Rep. John Conyers, (D-Michigan). HR 676 would institute a single payer health care system by expanding an improved Medicare system to all U.S. citizens.

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