Familiar names taking lead in selection of freeholders

first_imgIt appears the board of Clark County freeholders should get ready to talk it out.If Tuesday night’s results for 15 freeholder positions stand, then it appears every major talking point in a new county charter — an expanded board of commissioners, an elected county executive, and the powers of initiative and referendum — will be much discussed.The new board of nonpartisan freeholders will soon have the power to propose changes to the county government, as long as they follow the laws of the state and abide by the U.S. Constitution. The document will then be returned to voters for final approval.Of the 15 Tuesday night leaders, 12 responded to a questionnaire submitted by The Columbian requesting their opinions on issues to be faced in the creation of a new county charter.Of those 12 individuals, four said they support expanding the size of the board of commissioners, which currently has three members. Eight respondents said they were open to discussion on the matter. None of the respondents said they were against the idea.The issue of a county executive received much the same response, with six respondents favoring an elected county executive position and six stating they are undecided on the matter. Again, none of the respondents said they were against the idea of an elected executive.last_img read more