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Citizen Participation Guide

As a citizen...
you can take an active role in shaping Clark County government policies, programs and decisions.

Participating in government can be as simple as voting in each election. But you can go a step further by participating in the day-to-day process of local government.

  • You can volunteer for one of the many county advisory boards that make recommendations to the Board of County Councilors and county departments.
  • You can influence decisions about adopting laws, the biennial budget or siting a new park.
  • You can be a member of a neighborhood association or help form one.
  • You can seek elective office.

One of the greatest challenges of governance is finding a balance between the interests of the community as a whole and those who have a special stake in a particular issue. Citizens can help strike that balance by looking for solutions that work for the entire community, not just a small group.

Although participating does not always mean prevailing, it does make government a partnership effort. That’s something positive, because when citizens are actively involved in their government, decisions can better reflect the will of the people.

Public Information and Outreach
Director: Mary Keltz

Street address: 1300 Franklin Street, Floor 6, Vancouver, WA 98660
Mailing address: P.O. Box 5000, Vancouver, WA 98666-5000
Main phone: (360) 397-6012 | FAX: (360) 397-6015
Responsible elected official: Board of Clark County Commissioners

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