Residents of Clark County, Washington will be casting their votes this year on one of the longest ballots in county history. 110 candidates are vying for a chance to land one of 15 slots to help rewrite the county charter. The county is currently governed by three commissioners — a system that has been criticized for consolidating power in too few hands. The 15 “freeholders” being elected will attempt to come up with a new system. Among the issues they may decide on are whether to increase the number of commissioners, whether to create the position of a county executive, and whether to allow citizen initiatives. We’ll hear from Columbian Clark County reporter Erik Hidle who has been covering the race.
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OPB | Feb. 22, 2017