KELLY LOVE PARKER SEEKS COUNTY COMMISSIONER APPOINTMENT
Kelly Love Parker, former TV news reporter and current CEO of the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce has issued a press release announcing her bid for the Clark County Commissioner seat being vacated by Steve Stuart.
Kelly Love Parker to Seek Commissioner Appointment
March 16, 2014
Kelly Love Parker, president and chief executive officer of the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce, announced Saturday she is adding her name to the list of candidates to fill the county commissioner seat currently held by Steve Stuart.
Stuart, the lone Democrat on the three-person county board, was named Ridgefield's next city manager Thursday. Stuart's last day as county commissioner will be April 11.
Stuart's departure will leave the appointment of a new commissioner in the hands of the two remaining county commissioners, Republicans Tom Mielke and David Madore.
Love Parker decided to seek the appointment because she was concerned about who would step forward to fill the important minority role on the commission. The county needs someone willing to put his or her own politics aside for the benefit of the county; someone who will work to restore the county's credibility, Love Parker said.
While two strong candidates have come forward, the party needs to present the commissioners with three quality candidates, she said.
"I do support Craig Pridemore. I believe he is the best candidate," Love Parker said. "But because we have to have three candidates and the commissioners get to choose, we better give them three good candidates.".
Love Parker, 50, has led the nonprofit chamber of commerce's small staff and more than 1,000 business members for the past 3 1/2 years. From 2005 to 2010, Parker worked as Rep. Brian Baird's district director, overseeing district projects and managing staff. Prior to that, Love Parker worked for 22 years as a TV news reporter, including 15 years at KGW in Portland.
This is Love Parker's first run for political office.
“I feel there are many ways to be a good servant leader and I’ve never felt the need to run for elected office. But I see a need currently. We need three strong candidates. I care deeply about our community and I am willing, able and ready to serve should I be needed.”