The race for the state Senate seat in the 18th Legislative District pits a former truck driver, familiar with sitting in stalled traffic on the Interstate 5 Bridge, against the lawmaker instrumental in killing the Columbia River Crossing that would have eased congestion. Political newcomer Eric Holt, a Democrat, is vying to unseat Republican Sen. Ann Rivers, R-La Center. The 18th District encompasses much of the area north and east of Vancouver. Holt told The Columbian’s Editorial Board on Tuesday that had the Columbia River Crossing materialized, people from Portland would visit Vancouver’s restaurants and gems such as Kiggins Theatre. Instead, a lot of people don’t visit Vancouver because they don’t like the idea of crossing the bridge, he said. Rivers said she’s been engaged in meetings with other Southwest Washington legislators about how to move forward with replacing the bridge, one span of which will be 100 years old next year.