Two of the candidates running for mayor of Vancouver this year offered voters a drastically different pitch in a conversation with The Columbian Editorial Board.
The incumbent, Mayor Anne McEnerny-Ogle, stayed focused on local issues, pointing to the city’s programs to carry businesses through the COVID-19 pandemic, its push to refocus its homelessness strategy and efforts to find new ways to communicate with residents.
“We made it through the pandemic, we made it through the recession, political unrest for racial justice, and I worked diligently to keep Vancouver moving forward,” McEnerny-Ogle said. “We are a thriving community. People are jumping at every opportunity to come and be with us.”
Her challenger, Doug Coop, fielded questions from the board members with more of an emphasis on state and national issues. A self-described “America first candidate,” he said he believed that climate change is a hoax, that the COVID-19…