Incumbent faces newcomer in county race

first_imgWhen Julie Olson first ran for Clark County Council in 2015, she campaigned on broad issues, such as property rights, protecting taxpayer money and economic growth.When asked what’s been the most surprising thing about being on the county’s policy-making body for the last three years, Olson paused before saying how much time she spends responding to constituents who are sometimes frustrated as they attempt to navigate Clark County government.“We think of policymakers as people that are thinking at a really high level,” said Olson. “But when I go to neighborhood meetings, it’s about speed bumps, it’s about things that are on the ground, in the weeds, everyday things that they look for help on.”As Olson seeks a second term in the November general election, she faces political newcomer Elisabeth Veneman who is running a “citizens first” campaign that includes lowering property taxes and opposition to parking fees at county parks.Both candidates are Republicans. Their sources of support reveal they represent different wings of their party. Olson has emerged as the clear front-runner in the race. In Washington, the two candidates who emerge from the primary with the most votes advance to the general election, regardless of party. In the August primary, Olson won 80 percent of 22,281 votes cast. Veneman received just under 20 percent.last_img read more