Clark County League of Voters holds Candidate Forums

For an out-of-year election, voters in Clark County might be surprised at the number of votes they cast in November. Dozens of candidates are vying for positions in every city and county school district. The ballots will go out on October 15 and should arrive in mailboxes no later than October 21.

To help educate voters before they vote, the Clark County League of Women Voters is running a series of online candidate forums. All forums will be held using Zoom and will be broadcast live by CVTV and broadcast on cvtv.org.

The first forum in the series will focus on the Washougal and Vancouver mayoral races, the Clark Regional Wastewater District and the Fire District 6. The forum will begin at 6:30 pm Wednesday.

Washougal’s mayoral race was in the spotlight this month after candidate Derik Ford was arrested on suspicion of fourth degree domestic assault. The arrest came after an argument with a family member turned physical, according to the Camas Police Department. Ford, who has pleaded not guilty, suspended his campaign this weekend.

The other programmed forums are:

  • La Center City Council at 6.30 p.m. Friday.
  • Vancouver City Council and Port of Vancouver at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, September 29.
  • Vancouver School Board and Evergreen School Board at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, September 29.
  • Ridgefield City Council and Battle Ground City Council at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, September 30.
  • Mayor of Camas and municipal council at 6.30 p.m., Friday, October 1.
  • Camas School Board, Washougal School Board and Camas-Washougal Port at 7:30 p.m., Friday, October 1.

The League noted that in races where only one candidate responded, a forum could not be scheduled. Candidates willing to appear but not scheduled were Molly Coston, Washougal City Council; Mary Snitily, Battle Ground School Board; Jackie Maddux, Battle Ground School Board; Erika Cox, Camas School Board; Teresa VanNatta, Hockinson School Board; Zenia Bringhurst, Ridgefield School Board; and Scott S. Anders, Fire District 3.

For more information on candidate forums or other resources for voters, visit https://lwvclarkcounty.org.

Harry L. Blanchard