Clark County Dems Convened on April 12th to Kick-off the 2014 Election Season
The Democrats from the 17th, 18th and 49th Legislative Districts held their County Convention and Legislative District Caucuses at Fort Vancouver High School Saturday April 12th. Keynote speaker former Congressman Brian Baird was inspiring in his definition of the Republican party’s agenda to reverse many of the progressive steps forward our country has achieved in the 20th century. Bob Dingethal, running for Congress, showed once again he has the right values and direction to deserve being elected as our congressman. Craig Pridemore, top County Commissioner choice to replace Steve Stuart and announced candidate for County Commissioner, evoked memories of the values and courage for the future demonstrated by previous community leaders in Clark County and that their torch of inspiration would not be extinguished on his watch.
Other speakers and candidates included Maureen Winningham and Mike Briggs, running for State Legislature in the 18th LD; Sharon Wylie & Jim Moeller, 49th LD State Legislators; Annette Cleveland, 49th LD State Senator; Tony Golik, County Prosecutor; and Doug Lasher, County Treasurer. Tim Probst stepped in for 17th LD Rep Monica Stonier describing her many accomplishments in her first term. There was also encouragement for Tim to run for office again. Richard McCluskey announced his run for 17th LD Rep against incumbent Paul Harris. Deanna Pauli-Hammond described her reasons and credentials for her announced run for County Clerk.
There were numerous testimonials given for recently deceased Val Ogden and Phil Parker, both influential and beloved civic leaders.
Steve Stuart was elected permanent Chair of the Convention and performed his role with his usual efficiency and sense of humor. Frequent note was made of his diligent service to the community.
During a 30 minute recess, the Legislative districts held caucuses and elected delegates and alternates to the WA State Democrats Convention to be held in June in Spokane The 17th announced electing a full complement of 6 delegates and 3 alternates. The 18th and 49th elected 07/04, and 06/02 respectively.
49th LD Chair Catherine Rich said, “I thought the convention was terrific, we have some great candidates and heard some great speeches, now we need to get out there and get them elected!"
Several resolutions were passed after some minor amendments for clarity. The County Convention adjourned at 12:15 PM