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Re-elect John Blom for Clark County Council

Friends:

Today I filed for re-election to the Clark County Council, District 3. It has been an incredible privilege to serve East Vancouver for the last 4 years and I look forward to the opportunity to serve for 4 more!

There is a change in my campaign this time around that I wanted to share with you: I will be running for re-election with “no-party preference,” or non-partisan. I have learned much about the work of the county over the last four years, and one thing I have observed is that the vast majority of the decisions made by the council are not partisan by nature.

The largest portion of the county’s general fund goes toward public safety, both the sheriff’s office and the courts. When people need help and call the sheriff, they don’t care if it was a Democrat or Republican that approved the budget--they just want to know that help will arrive in a timely fashion.

Another major county expense is our road fund. When an intersection is not safe or a road surface needs improvement, the impacted community is not interested in what letter comes after your name; they want to know that our road dollars are being spent in a responsible way, so we can all get around safely.

I know many people are comforted in voting for a candidate that shares their party affiliation. It is my belief, however, that many of the policy items that divide the two parties simply are not highly relevant to the County Council, just as they are not highly relevant to the City Council. Health care policy, taxation, international relations strategy, and immigration policy are not local issues.

Yes, the county makes a decision each year on a 1% property tax increase, a vote that impacts the average house by about $6 one way or the other, but that’s a relatively small decision when we are talking about the need to keep deputies on patrol, maintain our transportation infrastructure, and providing a broad range of services across a population of nearly half a million people.

I have been fortunate to have good relationships with other elected leaders on both sides of the political aisle, and I look forward to continuing working with the many excellent individuals we have, both locally and at the state and federal levels. Working amongst the different layers of government will be even more critical as we work through the important issues facing Clark County: homelessness, transportation, public health, and affordable housing.

It truly is a privilege to serve. I know there are probably many more questions that I have not addressed – I hope to answer those in the weeks and months ahead, but in the interim please feel free to reach out to me at [hidden email].

I look forward to earning your vote in the primary this August!