Cleveland cites experience Gerhardt challenges her on I5 Bridge taxes

first_imgA first-term state senator who was one of the region’s biggest champions of the Columbia River Crossing project is facing a challenger who was pleased the project was killed.Sen. Annette Cleveland, D-Vancouver, is seeking a second term. Republican Lewis Gerhardt, a former Yacolt town councilor who now lives in Vancouver, is vying to unseat her.Gerhardt, who works as a master technician for Restaurant Technology, a company that automates restaurant kitchens, said he was prompted to run because he doesn’t believe the incumbent is leading the state in the right direction.“I want to see taxes lowered, not raised … As far as education and some of the other issues, she’s a politician that feels like throwing money at the issue rather than solving it,” Gerhardt said.If elected, Gerhardt said, he would prioritize education funding and transportation issues. He believes in building a third bridge across the Columbia River.“I think it’s common sense to have more bridges across the river before we shut one down for reconstruction,” said Gerhardt, who said he is supporting Republican Donald Trump for president.last_img

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