DEMOCRATS PICK THREE CANDIDATES FOR DISTRICT 3 COMMISSIONER
The Clark County Democrats met Friday, March 28th to select three candidates and rank them in order of preference to replace resigning commissioner Steve Stuart who is expected to step down officially in the next 10 days. Over half the eligible Precinct Committee Officers attended the special caucus held at the Laborers Hall in Vancouver.
PRIDEMORE TAKES FIRST BALLOT AS FIRST CHOICE
Former county supervisor and state senator Craig Pridemore garnered a near unanimous decision on the first ballot, eliminating any doubt as to the Clark County Democrats first and primary choice to replace Stuart. Ballots continued to be cast in run-offs for the remaining spots which were won by Vancouver Chamber of Commerce CEO Kelly Love Parker taking spot #2 and local community activist and labor leader Ed Barnes securing spot #3.
State law requires the local party to submit a list of three choices for the two county commissioners to choose a replacement. They have 60 days from Steve Stuart's official resignation or the Governor will intervene and make the choice for them. While the remaining commissioners are under no legal obligation to select the first choice, it is a long standing tradition to do so, as was done seven years ago when a Democratic controlled commission selected current congresswoman Jaime Herrera-Buetler and the local Republican Party's first choice for a vacancy in the statehouse.
Pridemore addressed the crowd, thanking them for their vote and recognizing the other candidates for their long time service to the party and being a vital part of the process.