Southwest Washington Labor Council endorsements for the Aug. 6 primary


VANCOUVER, Wash. — The Southwest Washington Central Labor Council has issued several endorsements for the Aug. 6 primary elections. Ballots were mailed July 19.

At the non-partisan City of Vancouver, the labor council endorsed incumbent Erik Paulsen for Position 2. The labor council took no action in the Position 6 race, where six candidates have filed for the seat being vacated by Bill Turlay.

At Clark County, the labor council endorsed incumbent District 4 Councilor Gary Medvigy. Medvigy was appointed to the seat in January when Republican Eileen Quiring vacated it to begin her term as Clark County Council chair. The Aug. 6 election is to complete her term of office, which expires in 2020. Medvigy is a retired California Superior Court judge and Army general. He prefers the Republican Party.

His opponent is Battle Ground City Councilor Adrian Cortes, a Democrat and chair of the the C-TRAN Board of Directors. Cortes is a special education teacher for the Camas School District.

The labor council weighed in on three races for the Vancouver Public Schools Board of Directors. Twelve candidates have filed to run for three seats.

Delegates endorsed Caressa Milgrove for Position 1, and Tracie Barrows for Position 5. Milgrove, a mother of two young boys in the district, has three opponents. Barrows, a school psychologist at Evergreen Public Schools, also has three opponents. The labor council issued a dual endorsement for Lisa Messer and Lindsey Luis running for Position 4. Messer is a teacher in Evergreen Public Schools and has children in the Vancouver district. Luis, 18, graduated this year from Fort Vancouver High School Center for International Studies. There are two other candidates seeking the open Position 4 seat.

At Evergreen Public Schools, the labor council endorsed Bethany Rivard for Position 2 on the School Board, and Rachel Rogers for Position 4. Rogers, a Clark County senior deputy prosecuting attorney, was appointed to the post in February to fill a vacancy. Rivard, an English teacher at Fort Vancouver High School, is running against an incumbent.

The Southwest Washington Labor Council made two early endorsements for the November General Election. They are backing the re-election of Ty Stober to the Vancouver City Council, and they support Jack Burkman running for Vancouver Port Commissioner, Position 3.

If you’re a Clark County voter and have not received a ballot for the August primary, contact the Elections Office at 564-397-2345 to request a replacement ballot. Replacement ballots may also be requested in person at the Elections Office, 1408 Franklin St., Vancouver. Office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Email requests should be sent to [email protected].

After August 2, use a drop box to ensure your ballot is received on time.


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