Rep. Liz Pike explains decision to not seek continued role in politics

Camas resident looks forward to pursuit of business opportunities

VANCOUVER — In January, Rep. Liz Pike announced that she would not seek a continued role as a local or state elected official. On Wednesday, she explained that decision for the first time publicly in an exclusive interview with ClarkCountyToday.com.

Pike, a Camas resident, is a three-term member of the Washington House of Representatives. The Republican from the 18th District is known for her outspoken loyalty to Conservative ideology, which included the pursuit of smaller government, less regulation and lower taxes while maintaining a devoted service to the voters who were responsible for her election to public office.

Last fall, Pike announced her decision to leave the Washington State Legislature to run for the position of county chair in Clark County. In her January announcement, she revealed that she will no longer seek that position.

Pike explained those decisions in her interview with ClarkCountyToday.com. She also talked about the highs and lows of her public service, accomplishments and frustrations, personal and professional plans for the future and even offered an endorsement for her position as a state representative.

Pike is a graduate of Battle Ground High School. Her professional career included employment at The Reflector Newspaper in Battle Ground, ownership of an advertising agency for more than 18 years and a retail art gallery for three years. Pike currently operates Shangri-La Farm, a small sustainable organic farm in Fern Prairie, where she raises fruits, vegetables, heirloom turkeys, chickens and small flock of Soay sheep.

Pike served on the Camas City Council from 2003-2007. She was appointed to the House of Representatives in the 18th District in the summer of 2012. She was then elected as a state representative in November 2012 and is now serving her third term.

Pike and long-time companion Neil Cahoon were married last year. She has two grown children, Richard and Julianne.

Here’s the entire interview:

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Ken Vance got his start in the newspaper industry in 1987 as a reporter at The Columbian Newspaper in Vancouver. Vance graduated from Stevenson High School in Stevenson, WA, and attended Clark College in Vancouver. He worked for The Columbian from 1987-2001. He was most recently a staff member of The Reflector Newspaper in Battle Ground, where he served as editor since 2010 and reporter since 2007. Vance’s work in the newspaper industry has won him multiple awards, including a first place award from the Society of Professional Journalists for in-depth reporting.

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