Three pursue Pikes seat in 18th Legislative District

first_imgWhen state Rep. Liz Pike, R-Camas, announced her bid for Clark County council chair last month, it set off a round of political musical chairs for the seat she’ll vacate.So far, three individuals have announced bids for Pike’s seat representing the 18th Legislative District. They include two Republicans — John Ley, an airline pilot, and Larry Hoff, the retired head of a local credit union — as well as Democrat Kathy Gillespie, a two-term school board director with Vancouver Public Schools.John LeyLey, 62, said he got involved with local politics by opposing the Columbia River Crossing, a controversial $3 billion bridge and freeway project that died in the Washington Senate in 2013. Now, much of his focus and energy remains on transportation issues.He’s vocally opposed Oregon’s plans to toll both Interstate 5 and Interstate 205, which he said disrespects Clark County residents who commute to the state.“My goal is to ensure Southwest Washington citizens have a seat at the table and that their wishes are taken into consideration,” he said.last_img read more