CRAIG PRIDEMORE SEEKS COUNTY COMMISSIONER APPOINTMENT
Craig Pridemore, past 49th LD State Senator and Clark County Commissioner issued the following press release on Friday, March 14th announcing his bid for the Clark County Commissioner seat being vacated by Steve Stuart.
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Pridemore to Seek Stuart Seat
Former state senator and Clark County commissioner Craig Pridemore has announced that he will seek appointment to the seat on the board of county commissioners being vacated by Steve Stuart.
Pridemore, 53, said the situation in Clark County government today requires experience and a thorough knowledge of the laws, rules and finances necessary to maintain an effective and efficient government.
“My top priority will be transparent and inclusive governance for the citizens of Clark County,” Pridemore said. “It’s equally critical that the board have a strong and knowledgeable voice on public finance. I’m very concerned about the state of the county’s criminal justice system and its ability to keep our community safe in the future.”
Pridemore served as Democratic state senator from the 49th legislative district from 2005 to 2012. Prior to that, he represented the third commissioner district from 1999 to 2004, the seat he is seeking to return to. He left the legislature in 2012 to pursue an unsuccessful bid for Washington State Auditor.
Pridemore served as finance manager for the Clark County Department of Public Works from 1992 to 1998. He chaired Home Rule Clark County in 1996-97. He has been employed as Chief Financial Officer for the Washington State Department of Licensing since March 2013.
Pridemore has lived in the Truman neighborhood just outside Vancouver city limits since 1996. For his job, he has maintained an apartment in Olympia during the workweek and commutes home on weekends and holidays. “My home has always been in Clark County,” Pridemore said. Pridemore grew up in Washougal, Camas and Vancouver. He is a graduate of the University of Washington and a veteran of the US Army.
“Returning to politics is not something I thought I would ever do,” Pridemore said. “I’m happy with my current life and love my job and co-workers. These are unusual times, however, and I think we all have a duty to do our best to ensure a positive and productive future for our community. I believe I bring qualifications to the job that few citizens in the district can.”
“This will be an effort and campaign based on qualifications, not ideology,” Pridemore said. “I believe this community needs less name calling and a great deal more serious discussion about the future we will all share. I believe I have those qualifications and the maturity and judgment to be an effective voice on the Board of County Commissioners from the first day on the job.”