Change in form of government eyed in Washougal

first_imgThe race for Washougal mayor, between incumbent Sean Guard and fire captain Earl Scott, might be for naught Nov. 5 if a controversial proposition passes.Among the most hotly debated issues in the past decade for the city, Proposition 1 would change the city’s government from a mayor-council form, with a strong mayor who sits atop the administrative pecking order, to a council-manager form, in which a council-appointed mayor has a more symbolic role.In July, the Washougal City Council unanimously voted to place the proposition on the ballot. Many councilmembers say they want to see a change in government, even if it would nullify the Nov. 5 mayoral election. Some spend the days leading up to the election canvassing neighborhoods, knocking on doors and talking to residents about the proposition.Even as councilmembers work to drum up support for the proposition by highlighting their disagreements with Guard, they say the proposal to change Washougal’s form of government isn’t intended as a personal attack against the mayor.“I don’t think (Guard) has been a bad mayor, but seven people on council voted to put this on the ballot, so that has to tell you something,” said Councilwoman Joyce Lindsay, whose Washougal First! political action committee is raising money for the pro-proposition campaign.last_img

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