2016 Endorsements

As of 7/22/16 (updated on 10/21/16), the Young Democrats have endorsed the following candidates:

Congressional District 3 – Jim Moeller
Secretary of State – Tina Podlodowski
Superintendent of Public Instruction – Chris Reykdal and Erin Jones
Legislative District 17, Senate – Tim Probst
Legislative District 17, House Position 1 – Sam Kim
Legislative District 18, Senate – Eric Holt
Legislative District 18, House Position 1 – Justin Oberg
Legislative District 18, House Position 2 – Kathy Gillespie
Legislative District 49, Senate – Annette Cleveland
Legislative District 49, House Position 1 – Sharon Wylie
Legislative District 49, House Position 2 – Monica Stonier

Issue Campaign – Bring Vancouver Home (Yes on Prop 1)
Yes on Initiatives 732, 735, 1433, and 1491

Each candidate/issue was chosen based on their platform, their vision for the future of Clark County, and their investment in the young people of Clark County. For additional questions regarding the endorsement process and/or individual candidate decisions, please contact Melissa Boles, YDCC Chair, at ydclarkco@gmail.com or at 360-953-4205.

Congratulations to all of our endorsed candidates!

Endorsement of Marc Boldt

There has been some consternation concerning YDCC’s recent endorsement of Marc Boldt for county council chair. We would like to take a moment to explain our endorsements process and our reasoning for selecting Mr. Boldt.

At the end of May, YDCC sent endorsement questionnaires to all candidates in Clark County running in city council and port commission campaigns, as well as to all Democrats and independents running in partisan county council campaigns. YDCC’s bylaws prevent us from endorsing Republicans. We determined candidates’ party affiliations – or lack thereof – by reviewing the official candidate listings on the Clark County Elections website. Our endorsement committee interviewed most of the candidates who submitted a questionnaire and presented the body with a slate of recommendations. The body then made the final decision about whom we would endorse.

Mr. Boldt was among one of the first people to return his questionnaire to the endorsements committee, and he expressed great enthusiasm at the opportunity to speak with us. Mike Dalesandro, the Democrat running in the race, also submitted a questionnaire, and we were happy to interview him as well. After interviewing the candidates, we were pleased to find that they both shared many of the policy positions espoused by the membership of YDCC in areas such as transportation, Clark County’s comprehensive plan alternatives, and implementation of the new charter approved by voters last November.

Given their similarity in matters of policy, our members expressed the desire to support the candidate who had the experience and skills necessary to lead what will likely be a sharply divided council next year. In the end, we decided that Mr. Boldt’s independence and open-mindedness, as well as his past experience as a county commissioner, made him the right choice for the job. Furthermore, we were impressed with his vision for engaging youth in Clark County government. Going beyond the abstract affirmations of the importance of young people generally expressed by candidates, he laid out a plan for revitalizing the Clark County Youth Commission and for including the perspective of young people in a wide range of county departments and programs. This is a level of concern for the perspectives of young people we rarely see in candidates for any office.

YDCC did not make the decision to endorse Mr. Boldt lightly; we did so only after a lengthy discussion amongst our members. Mr. Dalesandro is a worthy candidate, and our decision to endorse Mr. Boldt should not reflect poorly on him. Especially since the other candidates running for this position are the same dysfunctional Republicans who currently make up the county council, we would be delighted to see both Mr. Boldt and Mr. Dalesandro make it through the primary.

It has been pointed out that we have broken with the Clark County Democrats in our endorsement of Mr. Boldt. Primary elections are often a trying time for people who normally fight on the same side, and we don’t expect everyone in the local Democratic Party to agree with our decision. But in the end, we all want the same thing: a council that works to improve the lives of everyone living in the county. We look forward to a spirited and respectful primary campaign, and wish good luck to all of our endorsed candidates.

2015 Endorsements

This year, for the first time, the Young Democrats of Clark County have endorsed a slate of candidates. After a questionnaire and interview process, the 4-person endorsement committee brought a slate of candidates to the body on June 16 for a vote. We are excited to announce the candidates we have endorsed for the 2015 election. Each candidate is one that we believe will be a positive influence on our community, and is someone that the YDCC is happy to affiliate themselves with. Our endorsements are as follows:

Port Commissioner, position 2: Eric LaBrant.
Vancouver City Council, position 4: Bart Hansen.
Vancouver City Council, position 5: Ty Stober and Linda Glover.
Vancouver City Council, position 6: George Francisco.
Clark County Council, District 2: Mike Pond.
Clark County Council Chair: Marc Boldt.

Questions regarding endorsements can be directed to Seamus Davis or Melissa Boles at ydclarkco@gmail.com.

Congratulations to all of the candidates – we wish you the best of luck!