Washougal likely to approve form of government change

Proposition 8 leads with close to 55 percent approval

WASHOUGAL — Proposition 8, which would change Washougal’s form of government from Mayor-Council to Council-Manager, is currently leading in approval by a margin of close to 500 votes.

With close to 50 percent of registered voters accounted for, according to Washougal Mayor Molly Coston, the lead in favor is substantial, at nearly 55 percent of the vote.

Proposition 8, which will convert the city of Washougal’s form of government from Mayor-Council to Council-Manager, appears to be passing. Photo by Jacob Granneman
Proposition 8, which will convert the city of Washougal’s form of government from Mayor-Council to Council-Manager, appears to be passing. Photo by Jacob Granneman
ClarkCountyToday.com covers the Clark County, WA 2018 elections.
ClarkCountyToday.com covers the Clark County, WA 2018 elections.

“I’m actually very excited. I was surprised at the results,” Coston said. “I am very pleased with the turnout of voters. I think that this will even out the playing field, where there’s not too much executive power, delegated in one particular individual.”

A strong supporter of the government change, Coston pushed for the inclusion of Proposition 8 this election by commissioning a committee of involved citizens. The committee was tasked with determining whether or not the option of form change was wise for the city at present.

The committee concluded back in January and February that their recommendation was that Proposition 8 should be brought to a vote, with substantial advantages to be seen in the potential change.

Mayor Coston is still awaiting further results this evening, but remains optimistic about the final count.

“I’m hoping to still be chosen by the council as Mayor,” Coston said. “It will free up quite a bit of time for me, and will be able to still go out and be the public face of Washougal, which is what I like doing the very best.”

For updates on residual election results, check out our election section. For further updates, stop by the the Clark County auditor’s site.  

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About The Author

Jacob Granneman is a filmmaker and writer from Clark County. He is a graduate of WSU Pullman’s Edward R. Murrow College where he studied journalism and media production. He has produced documentary stories all over the Pacific Northwest and abroad in Argentina. He has won a regional Emmy and Mark of Excellence award from the Society of Professional Journalists for his film work. His passions range from sharing the love of Jesus, to cinematography, to going on adventures in the most beautiful place on earth, i.e. his backyard. He lives with his wife and son in Vancouver, WA. Proverbs 16:3

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