Issues: Where I Stand

“Where I stand” is a new section devoted to Marc’s positions on issues impacting our community. Click the list items below to learn more.

Don’t Believe the Lies

In their latest mailers, Madore’s Write-in Liz campaign has been issuing lie after lie. Don’t believe them.

LIE: Voters overwhelmingly removed Marc from office in 2012.

FACT: David Madore spent $300,000 of his own money to overwhelm voters and purchase a seat on the county commission. Marc wasn’t removed from office--the seat was bought by the man who is now spending twice as much more money to keep him out.

LIE: Boldt would do anything to build the CRC with light rail.

FACT: Marc does believe that a new I-5 bridge across the Columbia is one of our region’s most pressing concerns. He also thinks that the federal government needs to get involved and do more about a Federal Interstate Bridge. Marc wants to replace the current bridge to improve traffic flow and commerce. He believes light rail should only be built if the voters support it.  He does think that building a light-rail ready bridge, where light rail can be added if and when the community decides to fund it, is a much wiser use of taxpayer dollars than pretending our transit needs will never change. Always build for future capacity and expansion ability.

LIE: Marc Boldt wants to “charge people to enter their own parks.”

FACT: This is a purposeful twisting of the truth, and Madore and Pike know it. In 2013, Madore pushed to eliminate parking fees for some regional parks. Those fees paid for maintenance of the parks, and maintenance has suffered. Our citizens want to be able to go to public parks that are well-maintained, clean and safe. Marc has never said he wants to raise parks fees only to be assured they are safe and maintained.

LIE: Boldt voted to raise property taxes to the maximum.

FACT: Another purposeful twisting of the truth. Marc voted, along with his fellow councilors, to raise property taxes the 1% necessary to keep pace with growth and expenses. What Madore isn’t telling you, is that his candidate, Liz Pike, voted for the exact same thing during her time in office. Too bad they didn’t include THAT on their mailer. Fact is that Marc, Steve Stuart and Mielke were on the board when the 1% property tax increase was decline by the county commission for two years in a row. Marc did that before Madore ever got on the board.

LIE: Boldt campaigned for a 40% tax increase for C-Tran.

Marc proposed and passed a resolution that IF a tax was passed, it would only be used for pre-existing services and bus lines, like the C-Van and other crucial components of service, especially in our more rural areas. He then sent that request for increased tax to the voters. While 40% may sound like a big and scary number, that’s just Madore and Pike trying to scare you. In reality, it was $.002. That’s right, 2 cents on a ten-dollar purchase which is the minimum the law allows in Washington State for any sales tax increase.   And voters? They voted in favor of that modest tax to support existing bus service.

The Write In Liz Pike campaign is being almost entirely funded by David Madore. Madore lost the primary election for this very seat, and is so angry that he will do anything to put someone in office who he feels he can control.

Madore has spent more than $1,000,000 of his own money to defeat Marc Boldt. Seems like Madore is pretty concerned about what will happen to his kingdom if an experienced person like Marc gets into office.

Department of Environmental Services

Recently, my opponent issued a release stating that one of his first actions if he became Chair would be to try to eliminate the Department of Environmental Services. It’s well-known that this department came under some scrutiny when two of the currently seated councilors bypassed proper hiring process and appointed their friend, Don Benton, to lead the department. And while I agree with many, many others in our community that their actions were wrong, and while I also agree that Don Benton is not qualified to lead that department, I also believe that good governance means looking at the bigger picture and considering all of the consequences.

I appreciate my opponent’s passion, but in my experience I’ve seen that government is a lot like driving. If you make a bad turn and slam the wheel the other way to try to fix it, you usually just end up in a ditch, worse off than you were before.

We can fix this bad situation, but we need to be sensible about how we do it, and also respect the rules of the Charter that the citizens voted in.

A lot of folks who don’t have the history don’t even know why we have a Department of Environmental Services. It started up as a result of the Endangered Species Act. As more and more state regulation was placed on the county, the new environmental department, AND the public works department, AND the building department expanded to meet the needs of the new regulations. It was complicated and cumbersome and anyone who needed to get a permit has to spend more and more time and money going from department to department.

At great time, expense, and effort, we re-worked the departments. We shifted responsibilities, took employees from each area, and made a more streamlined and effective system to create the department we currently know as environmental services. And even though county commissioners made a huge mistake when they appointed their friend to be a figurehead for the department, the staff there have served the county admirably and done great work.

Just deciding to do away with the department would be short-sighted--and, under the new charter, it isn’t even within the purview of the county councilors.

The question must also be asked: If it weren’t Don Benton in that position right now, would we even be having this discussion?

Don’t get me wrong -- I think Don Benton’s appointment to that position was the wrong choice, it was done in the wrong way, and it has cost county taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal fees to clean up this mess. But even with all that, if you’re making policy about one person, then that’s bad policy.

When I am Chair, I will ask for an open and honest work session with the budget office, the auditor’s office, and the people who use the department for permits. Good governance and healthy operations are what we must strive for in running the county. We shouldn’t just add on to the drama.

If, after reasonable and objective analysis, it becomes clear that money will be saved, and we see how we can keep permit time and costs down if we do away with the department, and we make every effort to listen to the great employees in the department, then and only then would I ask the council to work with the county manager to make a change.

It is not the council’s or the council Chair’s job to manage staff. That is now the job of the county manager. As chair I will respect the county manager’s role, and also lead an open and honest discussion with the council and the manager about how our county leadership should conduct themselves. I will ask that all staff and especially all department heads be respectful to everyone--and that includes the press. I will also encourage the county manager to develop and implement stronger policies regarding employees who have multiple jobs. It’s my belief that if an employee must be away from their job in order to perform the work of another job, then they should take unpaid time off. I will express that to the council and the county manager, and request that personnel policies be updated. But I will also recognize that the council does not manage staff, and I will not act in a way that presumes otherwise.

Growth Management

Marc has worked successfully with members of his own party and across the aisle with to create a realistic growth plan for Clark County. With Marc’s common-sense approach to growth management, the county will be able manage the rapid growth facing Southwest Washington and adequately plan for transportation and utilities infrastructure so that we never compromise our quality of life.

Economic Development

The best way to promote economic growth is to create an environment that attracts businesses that will create family-wage jobs. Marc has led the charge in county government to eliminate over-regulation and unnecessary fees that take away from economic stability and growth.

Fiscal Management

Marc has consistently demonstrated fiscal restraint with the county budget. As a county commissioner, Marc held County Departments accountable for their spending. Fees collected must be used relevant to what they are collected for. Marc will continue to ensure all county expenditures bring real value to taxpayers.

Criminal Justice

Marc is committed to keeping our community safe. He has a consistent record supporting law enforcement and being tough on crime. He sends a loud and clear message that our laws are to be respected. He also believes the county must provide access to necessary mental health and support services to help support our citizens and stop crime before it starts.

Parks & Outdoor Space

Marc has consistently worked hard to preserve the environment. His record as Clark County Commissioner and his decade long voting record in Olympia are living proof. As a former Clark County farmer, Marc knows first-hand about the importance of good stewardship of American soil. As your County Chair, he will continue to carry on this effort and promote sustainable growth in the County while using common sense in preserving our open space and maintaining our quality park system.