Last two standing square off in 18th District race
Dennis KampeDemocrato Age: 64.o Occupation: Director, Clark County Skills Center.o Campaign funds: Raised $54,630, spent $29,976, owes $5,000.o Campaign website: ElectKampe.com.o Quote: State government “shouldn’t spend one cent less than we must to provide necessary services, nor should we spend one cent more than we can afford.”Ann RiversRepublicano Age: 44.o Occupation: Political consultant.o Campaign funds: Raised $82,114, spent $68,830, owes $9,000.o Campaign website: electannrivers.com.o Quote: “The No. 1 job of our government must be to enable private business to put people back to work.”La Center political consultant Ann Rivers, a Republican, and Clark County Skills Center Director Dennis Kampe, a Democrat, survived a crowded primary contest for the right to square off for the 18th Legislative District seat in the general election. The seat opened up after Republican state Rep. Jaime Herrera announced her candidacy for the open 3rd Congressional District seat last year. The sprawling 18th District, a Republican stronghold for years, encompasses Felida, Salmon Creek, Ridgefield, Battle Ground, north Clark County, Camas, Washougal, and most of Cowlitz County. Rivers, a resident of the district for 18 years, left all other candidates behind in fundraising in the primary election and leads Kampe in overall fundraising by nearly $30,000. Kampe, the founder and longtime director of the Clark County Skills Center and a lifelong resident of the area, is running as a moderate Democrat with deep roots in the 18th. A graduate of Ridgefield High and Clark College, he is also a journeyman machinist, and for the past 19 years has led the nationally recognized skills center, which offers vocational programs to high school students throughout Clark County.