C-W residents to seek Clark County Council seat

Roman Battan and Jennifer McDaniel want to be elected to the District 4 position

Two local residents have announced they will be candidates for the Clark County Council District 4 Seat.
Roman Battan, of Camas, and Jennifer McDaniel, of Washougal, will face incumbent Tom Mielke in the Aug. 2 primary election.
Mielke, of Battle Ground, said Monday he plans to seek re-election. He is a Republican and former chairman of the Clark County Board of Commissioners.
Battan, 35, will run as a Democrat.
He said he is running because the county government needs more transparency and accountability in its workings.
“Voters enacted a new charter to increase citizen involvement by allowing councilors to represent smaller individual districts,” Battan said. “By design, the goal of the charter was to improve accessibility for people. I think that listening to constituents is going to be a key part of my role on the council when providing oversight.”
Battan, a 1999 Camas High School graduate, owns Northern Media, a Camas company that provides video production and web and software development.
He sought the Clark County Commission District 2 seat in 2012. In the Aug. 7 primary election, he lost to Marc Boldt, of Brush Prairie. Boldt lost to David Madore, in the Nov. 6, 2012, general election.
McDaniel, 49, will run as a Republican and considers herself to be a moderate conservative.
She has served on the Washougal City Council since 2007.
“As a strong advocate for East County, I will work hard to unite the county on issues important to Clark County residents,” McDaniel said. “I have many years of experience working with diverse groups of politicians, and at finding common ground. I will bring that skill set to our county council.”
She is the branch office administrator of an Edward Jones financial services firm, in Washougal.
Mielke previously served four terms as a state representative for the 18th legislative district. He has been a county commissioner since January 2009.
Each commissioner’s title changed to councilor in 2015, because Clark County moved to a home rule charter form of government.
The filing period for candidates is May 16 through 20. For more information, call the Clark County Elections Office at 397-2345 or visit www.clarkvotes.org.
Additional information will be provided in the March 1 print edition of the Camas-Washougal Post-Record.