Good Meeting Mon Aug 24, 2014 -
Happy Hour. Prior to the meeting, a number of 17th Legislative Democrats met for Happy Hour at Main Event East. Supper and beverages were enjoyed along with typically excited conversation.
The County Charter. At the 7:00 PM meeting at Touchmark, the usual business was completed and then Nan Henricksen was introduced. Nan is a former businesswoman and Mayor of Camas, and recently chaired the elected Freeholders committee that has conceived the new Clark County Home Rule Charter.
Nan explained the Charter and why it is viable, and 'votable' - that's 'Vote Yes' on the Charter. The charter was built by a bipartisan elected group of 15 Freeholders from all over the County and all over the political spectrum. The Charter upgrades our form of intractable 1890's county government conceived by the state as adequate for that time to something that better represents us. Clark then had 11,700 residents - a far cry from the 440,000 current number. Six other WA counties have taken this step. The Charter was designed to be simple, alterable, cost-effective and non-partisan. It accomplished those goals.
The Charter establishes:
A. A professional County Executive position as administrator of the county's business. This position is appointed by the commissioners and similarly they can remove their appointee. They cannot, however, interfere or inject themselves in the daily execution of county business as they currently can. So the existing crossover between executive and legislative powers is excised to prevent abuse and cronyism.
B. Five (5) commissioner positions were established. Four are district positions and a commissioner will be elected in the primary and the general elections from each district. The fifth position is elected countywide and will be the Board Chair. The district election represents an apparent will of the people, while the county wide election of the Chair prevents loss of countywide viewpoint by the district commissioners.
C. A system allowing citizen input via Initiatives and Referendums was put into the Charter. This allows citizen correction of county policies and regulations, but safeguards are included to prevent an overwhelming quantity of input.
The YD's are BLUE for Monica. Erica Marchbank, Young Democrat Chair, Seamus Davis, vice chair, and Mike Pond presented the "Paint the Town Blue" concept where on Sep 05-07, a group of local and imported YD's from all over the state will gather here in Vancouver for 2 nights and days of political activity - particularly doorbelling and phonebanking for Monica Stonier and Craig Pridemore. The hat was passed to assist with food and housing for the attendees. Check out the weekend schedule
Organizing For Washington. Justin challenged the PCO's in the 17th LD to walk their precincts with lists he provided that were garnered from data purchased by the WA state Democrats. It should give a little different take on who is contacted and give some usable results, while simultaneously stumping for Monica Stonier, Richard McClusky, Craig Pridemore, and the Charter.
2015-16 Officers. We're looking for a few good folks. The Chair, Vice-Chair, and Secretary are not running again. If you know of someone that would make a good 17th officer, let Tanisha know at email: firstname.lastname@example.org.