first_imgPaul HarrisAge: 61City: VancouverOccupation: Owner Quick Meds; sales for Quick CollectParty affiliation: RepublicanEndorsements: U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Camas; Washington Medical Association; Washington Education Association, Riverside chapter; Washington State Farm Bureau; Washington Restaurant AssociationTotal funds raised: $94,043Campaign website: www.electharris.comRichard McCluskeyAge: 63City: VancouverOccupation: RetiredParty affiliation: DemocraticEndorsements: Young Democrats of Washington, Pacific Northwest Council of Carpenters Local 1503, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 48, Southwest Washington Central Labor Council, Washington Electric Vehicle AdvocacyTotal funds raised: $12,175Campaign website: www.mccluskey17.comBefore being elected, Rep. Paul Harris, R-Vancouver, was a proponent of term limits. As he seeks a third term, defending his 17th Legislative District, Position 2 seat against Democratic candidate Richard McCluskey, he’s changed his mind. “To be an effective legislator, it’s taken me a couple of years,” Harris said at a recent candidate forum. The next Legislature, Harris said, will continue to tackle the issues surrounding the federal health care reform and the rollout of legalized marijuana. Harris contends his position as a ranking Republican and spot on the House Health Care and Wellness Committee and Appropriations Committee will help Southwest Washington. “There is a lot of stuff going on and I have an influence there and I believe a good influence for your community,” Harris said. Political newcomer McCluskey said the integrity and compassion he could bring to Olympia is much needed. His level “of respect for each and every human being” would enable him to communicate effectively with those who philosophically disagree with him, he said.last_img