Candidates’ views will be on display

In one short month, ballots for the General Election will be due. During the next 30-or-so days, many voters will be trying to absorb all of the information and details about candidates’ backgrounds, opinions and goals that they possibly can. Given the diversity of candidates and positions, from state and U.S. representative and senator, to Clark County Councilor and Skamania County Commissioner, this task can be overwhelming, to say the least.

Starting this week, however, a slew of candidate forums and information nights are being planned by a variety of different organizations. They are events designed to give voters the opportunity to see the candidates in action, responding to questions about issues that are important to the communities these men and women are hoping to serve.

The Camas Youth Advisory Council Candidate Forum is set for Monday, Oct. 10, at 6 p.m., inside the Camas High School auditorium. The event will feature candidates running for positions in the 18th Legislative District, Third Congressional District, and Clark County Council District 4.

Making this event unique is the fact that CHS students who are part of CYAC will moderate the forum and ask the questions.

Another unusual event will be the Clark County Mayors’ Candidate Forum Tuesday, Oct. 11, at 6 p.m., at the Battle Ground Community Center. Each candidate for state offices in the 17th, 18th and 49th districts will answer questions focusing on issues relevant to the state’s cities.

The Neighborhood Association Council of Clark County will host a candidate forum Wednesday, Oct. 12, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., at the Camas Public Library. Candidates at this event will include those running for House and Senate positions in the 18th Legislative District.

Also on Wednesday, Oct. 12, the West End Skamaia County Candidate Night will be held at 6:30 p.m., at the American Legion Post 122 meeting hall, 10221 Washougal River Road.

Invited to attend are candidates running for positions including Skamania County commissioner, Skamania Public Utility District commissioner, 14th Legislative District representative and Third Congressional District representative. The event is co-sponsored by the Skamania County Republican and Democratic parties.

During the next few weeks leading up to the release of ballots on Oct. 19, the Post-Record will be covering some of these forums, and interviewing candidates running in local races.

There are many opportunities for voters to become informed about the candidates who are seeking to fill these roles that have the potential to have significant impacts on Clark County communities.