Historic night in Vancouver race for mayor

first_imgThe city of Vancouver has done what the nation failed to do in 2016: elect its first female head of government. Anne McEnerny-Ogle has a considerable lead with 74.7 percent of the initial vote.“I’m just a little shocked by the numbers, those are fantastic numbers,” McEnerny-Ogle said amid a sea of emotional supporters. She was emotional herself and needed to take a breath before continuing to express her excitement and gratitude.“I have kept my focus for these 11 months,” she said. “I didn’t want to take anything for granted.”McEnerny-Ogle’s election also checks a box for Clark County. Each city has now had a female mayor.The last female mayor in the county was Lisa Walters in Battle Ground in 2012.McEnerny-Ogle ran against Steven Cox, who received 23.5 percent of the vote. Cox withdrew from the election in late September after he inaccurately claimed during a council meeting that Councilor Jack Burkman had violated his First Amendment rights earlier that week at a neighborhood association meeting.A last minute write-in candidate, Jonathan Sauerwein, formally filed after Cox announced his withdrawal. Sauerwein received just less than 1 percent of the vote.McEnerny-Ogle said she’s “just tickled” to be Vancouver’s first female mayor.“All of our other little cities have had women mayors. What took us so long?” she said.Burkman was on-site as the news spread that McEnerny-Ogle won the mayoral seat. In fact, he broke the news to her minutes before official results were posted online.“She is the right person at the right time,” Burkman said. “She’s been embedded in this community and anybody who works with her knows just how much she devotes to her community. I have no idea when she sleeps.”last_img

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