October 16, 2009 Volume 110 Number 20

Vancouver area labor council issues endorsements for general election

VANCOUVER — Ballots have been mailed to residents eligible to vote in Washington’s general election.

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

The labor council supports Jack Burkman for an open seat on the City Council, Position 1. Burkman is running against Bill Turlay for the seat being vacated by incumbent Pat Jollota.

The labor council also endorsed Anne McEnerny-Ogle for Position 3. She is challenging incumbent Jeanne Harris. Harris has endorsements from Amalgamated Transit Union Local 757, Vancouver Fire Fighters Local 452, and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 48.

The labor council did not take a position in the hotly-contested race for Vancouver mayor. That race pits incumbent Royce Pollard against City Councilor Tim Leavitt.

Leavitt outpolled Pollard by 43 votes in the August primary, out of 20,493 ballots cast.

Pollard has been endorsed by Vancouver Fire Fighters Local 452, District 6 Fire Fighters Local 1805, IBEW Local 48, the International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 4, Teamsters Joint Council No. 37, Painters and Allied Trades Council 5, Iron Workers Local 29, Iron Workers Shopmen’s Local 516, Cement Masons Local 555, Laborers Local 335, and Teamsters Local 58..

Leavitt has support from Amalgamated Transit Union Local 757, American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees Local 307 VC, the Vancouver Police Officers Guild, and UNITE HERE Local 9.

The Vancouver City Council is nonpartisan.

In Battle Ground, the Clark, Skamania, Klickitat Central Labor Council supports incumbent Michael Ciraulo for City Council, Position 1; Michael Dalesandro, Position 4; Adrian Cortes, Position 5, and incumbent Bill Ganley, Position 6.

The Battle Ground City Council is nonpartisan.

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