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Morning Press: Tuesday primary; Benton lawsuit; Bridge to fair

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In case you missed them, here are some of the top stories from the weekend:

Get primed for Tuesday primary in Clark County

This year, 133 residents of Clark County filed to run for elected offices that include port, fire, school and cemetery districts, as well as city councils and a special election for county council.

That number of candidates will be narrowed on Tuesday when voters return ballots for the 2019 primary election.

Whoever wins these races will influence the direction of local cities, which are grappling with how to provide services to the county’s burgeoning population. Also at stake are how school districts respond to enrollment and financial pressures. Additionally, four funding levies for education and emergency medical services will be on this upcoming ballot.

Read the full story: Get primed for Tuesday primary in Clark County

New claims in Benton lawsuit against Clark County

Nearly three years after former Clark County department head Don Benton sued his former employer alleging hostile working conditions, his lawyers are making new claims that the county violated its own home rule charter and the First Amendment.

In 2016, Benton, also a former Republican state senator from Vancouver, filed a lawsuit along with two former subordinates against Clark County. They say they faced hostility and retaliation before losing their jobs as part of a county reorganization.

The lawsuit, filed in Clark County Superior Court, stems from Benton’s time directing the county Department of Environmental Services. The department was dissolved by former County Manager Mark McCauley in 2016 in what he described as a cost-saving move. Benton lost his job as a result of the reorganization but went on to take jobs in the Trump administration. McCauley was terminated by the county council and has since taken a job in Jefferson County.

Read the full story: New claims in Benton lawsuit against Clark County

10th Avenue Bridge provides another route to fair

January’s opening of the 10th Avenue Bridge over Whipple Creek has created a new way for people to get to and from the Clark County Fair.

The new bridge is particularly helpful as traffic exits the fair, said Mickey Webb, fair manager and CEO. Drivers can head north on Northeast Delfel Road to Northeast 179th Street or south on Northeast 10th Avenue to Northeast 139th Street.

Read the full story: 10th Avenue Bridge provides another route to fair


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