Despite Misinformation Campaign Waged by the Opposition, Charter Gains Bi-Partisan Support Across Clark County
Despite a bizarre campaign being waged against the Charter ballot proposal including signs and mailers linking the Charter incorrectly to "light rail", Vancouver "Dictators" and "higher taxes", the Charter has gained the support of a wide variety of local residents, businesses, cities and elected officials from both parties.
The Charter proposal restructures our county government to reduce commissioner salaries while increasing representation from three commissioners to five. This structure is much more in line with counties across the country of similar size. Clark County's current structure was set in 1889 when there were barely 10,000 residents. As our population continues to race towards the half million mark, the current 125 year old system fails to provide our citizens with adequate representation, a separation of powers (like our US constitution) and the power of citizen initiative at the county level. The Charter addresses all that and allows for a regular review by the citizens of the Charter's effectiveness.
The Charter was written by a board of 15 freeholders elected by Clark County voters including elected officials from both parties and local community leaders.
Unable to find any real arguments against the charter, the "No" campaign has resorted to bizarre mailers and signs trying to link the charter to issues that have nothing to do with the Charter. This is not a vote about Light rail or raising taxes.
The Charter proposes a structure that is the same one used quite successfully by the cities of Vancouver, Camas, Washoughal, Ridgefield and Battle Ground for many years. With a more efficient and professionally run government, our county will become more efficient, mainstream and attractive to new business and industry. A
Clark County voters have an opportunity not only to modernize our government while reducing politician salaries but to send a message loud and clear that the voters are intelligent enough to read and consider the Charter proposal without buying into the hysteria and nonsense being promoted by the "No" campaign.
The Clark County Democrats urge you to educate yourself on the charter and consider a YES vote on Home Rule.
Questions about the charter? Email them to firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll try to get you an answer directly from one of the Freeholders who helped write the Charter.