Monday, August 24, 2009

City Council Primary Candidate Supports Leavitt for Mayor

From a press release the Bart Hansen campaign issued on Friday, August 21, 2009:

Former City Council candidate Bart Hansen today endorsed Vancouver City Councilman Tim Leavitt for Mayor of Vancouver. Hansen, who competed in the Primary election for City Council Position #1, endorsed Leavitt because of his commitment to better local job opportunities, making Vancouver a family-friendly, affordable place to live, work and play, and to fighting against tolls on the I-5 Bridge.

“Tim has shown that he understands how tough it can be out there for working people, people with families,” says Hansen. “I believe that Tim is looking out for ALL of us, and has the experience, common sense, and energy to lead Vancouver into its next chapter.”

Hansen campaigned extensively for the Council position, but was defeated in the primary by Jack Burkman and Bill Turlay. Yesterday, Hansen endorsed Burkman.

Leavitt thanked Hansen for his endorsement, saying that “Bart ran a strong race, and would have been a great addition to the Council. From my perspective as a voter, that was a hard race to make a decision in. They are all strong candidates, dedicated to helping our city advance. I'm happy that Bart will stay involved and interested in City affairs, and I hope we'll see more of him in the future.”

Hansen is looking forward to helping Leavitt continue his leading campaign—-in the unofficial results from the Primary, Leavitt leads the 14-year incumbent Mayor, and the Leavitt campaign is already picking up speed, continuing their grass-roots effort to knock on doors and talk directly with voters.

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