Vancouver council candidates weigh in on downtown school annexation

first_imgFour Vancouver City Council hopefuls met with the Columbian’s editorial board Wednesday to discuss top issues facing the city and what makes them stand out from their opponents. There are five candidates running for Position 1, currently held by Councilor Laurie Lebowsky. The position was filled by appointment in February as Scott Campbell, who was elected in November, died before the election.Lebowsky was joined by Sarah Fox, Mary Elkin and Adam Shetler. Maureen McGoldrick, the candidate who lost to Campbell in 2017, did not respond to the editorial board’s invitation.As occurs with most discussions about Vancouver’s future, replacement of the Interstate 5 Bridge came up. All four candidates said they support replacement and Elkin, Fox and Lebowsky advocated for public transit in some form. While Elkin outright supports light rail, Fox and Lebowsky said they hope to focus on any form of transportation the community supports, likely an expanded bus rapid transit line.As Lebowsky pointed out, any solution is unlikely to come from the city council directly.“There’s very little we can do,” she said. “It’s reliant on working with the Washington (State) Department of Transportation and the state of Oregon.”Candidates were asked if they believe downtown Vancouver is an appropriate place for a new elementary school as proposed by Vancouver Public Schools. Elkin said she understands planning for the future, but she’s concerned about student safety.last_img read more