Former Columbian editor to run for Clark PUD Commissioner
Former Columbian business news editor, Julia Anderson, has announced that she will run for Clark Public Utilities Commissioner, District No 1. Anderson said that she will bring her passion for public service to the job on behalf of Clark County working families facing tight household budgets. She also will work on behalf of employers who need affordable power to sustain jobs and add jobs. Since leaving her full-time newspaper job in 2010, Anderson has served as a regional board member of Umpqua Bank, as a business news commentator on KXL 101.1 FM radio, and as a freelance business journalist covering business news, energy, conservation, and personal finance. A graduate of the University of Idaho, Anderson earned numerous professional awards for her business writing. Anderson has been writing the “Energy Adviser” column for Clark Public Utilities, but has taken a leave of absence to work full-time on her campaign for utility commissioner. Anderson is a member of the Washington Farm Forestry Association, Rotary International, the Clark County Historical Museum, and the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce. Anderson and husband, Ken Giles, share five children and five grandchildren.