Lisa McCormick Dear Editor:Had I not put my name on the ballot, New Jersey Democrats would literally have no choice in the primary election for US Senate. I believe the incumbent senator will either lose to me on June 5 or to the Republican in November. I did try to recruit someone else to run for Senate and ordinary people to seek other offices but we came up short. This is an unconventional campaign. Our primary method of spreading the word is by email (and I am also sorry about the duplicates, but the technical end of this confounded our volunteer force) but we hope to have about 20,000 volunteers telling other voters about me. We are waging a people-powered campaign.I do not want money.That said, some people can only help by making donations and we need all the help we can get. All I want is for you to talk to people and let them know they have a choice on June 5.We all know the phrase, “ready or not.” I may be unprepared as a candidate because I lack a vast fortune but I am fully able to serve as a US Senator, because I am a mother, a citizen and a regular person. I really do not believe the one with the most money should always win. Voters have the responsibility to learn about their options and make wise choices. This is what democracy looks like.There are detailed plans and statements on my website at www.lisamccormick.org, on Twitter & Facebook to let folks know where I stand on the issues.Humanity faces extinction level threats — deadly virus outbreaks, possible nuclear nightmares and climate change — as well as a long list of more ordinary problems such as low wages and economic inequality, injustice and security concerns. It is all important and we can fix everything if we only make the effort.I am not telling you what to do, but I would appreciate your support. Make whatever choice you think is best, as we are all in this together. I will not betray your trust if given this honor.
The revelation late Thursday afternoon that the federal government has removed a major hurdle blocking the Cowlitz Tribe from constructing a casino complex near La Center caught officials and opponents of the plan off guard. La Center Councilwoman Linda Tracy said she was saddened and disappointed by the news.“It is going to pretty much devastate La Center, easily, because we don’t and can’t offer what a tribal casino can,” she said.The decision by the Bureau of Indian Affairs to allow the tribe to establish a reservation on 152 acres of land along Interstate 5 west of La Center drew criticism from activists and officials who had opposed the measure. It was welcomed by a union official as a source of good construction jobs and spark for economic development.As proposed, the casino would include a gas station, event center, hotel, restaurants and shopping. Tracy predicted that Clark County residents will head there for entertainment and goods because prices will be lower than at non-tribal establishments, and the county will also lose money because the land will be taken off the tax rolls.La Center relies heavily on the success of its four non-tribal cardrooms to fund city services. Taxes from cardrooms make up about $3 million of the city’s $4 million general fund revenue. The city is working to annex land to stretch city limits west to Interstate 5 to allow for industrial development along the I-5 corridor and help the city to diversify its tax base.