first_imgAlthough Clark County had the third worst voter turnout in the state in November’s election, Jim Mains, a local political consultant, said he thinks next year will be different.“I think people, no matter where you land politically, are tired of things not getting done,” he said. In the coming year, he predicts, people will realize that if they want change, they’ll need to step up.Next year, there will be plenty to step up to. Rapidly growing Clark County is still struggling with housing and land-use issues. In 2018, Clark County voters will decide races for state Legislature and county council, as well as whether Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Battle Ground, will keep her seat.Meanwhile, some newly formed citizen groups could see their first victories, while others continue ongoing battles.“I think you are going to see a lot of engagement in this coming year from numerous tribes,” said Mains.Here is a field guide to some of those tribes.The DemocratsRich Rogers, chair of the Clark County Democrats, is optimistic about his party’s prospects given the results of the 2017 election, where voters decided races for various city council and school board seats, as well as the contentious Port of Vancouver commissioner race.Although these races are nonpartisan, Rogers said many candidates the party recommended and campaigned for prevailed. In particular, he pointed to Don Orange, who won the Port of Vancouver commissioner race on an environmental platform despite being significantly outspent.last_img read more