Pike drops politics for new chapter

Congresswoman to serve remainder of term, not run for county council

Rep. Liz Pike

Rep. Liz Pike, R-Camas, has announced she will no longer be a candidate for the Clark County Council Chair seat this year.

“The time has come for me to embark on a new chapter of opportunity and adventure that does not involve elective politics or government agencies,” she wrote in an online statement.

Pike said she plans to finish her third term as Washington’s 18th District State Representative, Position 2, at the end of this year, and pursue other oppurtunities that do not involve running for office or serving as a public servant.

In her Jan. 12 Facebook announcement, Pike said she realized, on her 58th birthday earlier this month that she wanted to spend more time with her friends and family.

Pike and her husband, Neil Cahoon, a pilot, live on Shangri-La Farm, in Fern Prairie. She is the mother of two grown children, and has seven brothers and five sisters.

Pike said she will send refund information to the more than 150 people who contributed to her campaign for county chair, after the state legislature adjourns on March 8.

She declined to answer any questions from The Post-Record on Monday, beyond the statement she issued online.

Pike, a former Camas City Council member from 2004 to 2007, unsuccessfully challenged incumbent Mayor Paul Dennis in the 2007 mayoral race.

She previously worked as the political affairs director for the Building Industry Association of Clark County. Pike also previously owned Pike Advertising Agency for 18 years, as well as an art gallery in downtown Camas, and she continues to participate in art events in Camas and Washougal.