One week to go before election day (August 1st) and there is ample time for voters to put a true progressive, Amy Glasser, on the Whatcom County Council. Nobody who looks at Glasser’s positions on issues can deny that she will bring a breath of fresh air into the County Council chambers. Glasser comes out directly on her Facebook page with solid and progressive positions on budget, crime, energy and poverty. She is very clear on her web page (Amy Glasser for County Council) regarding her pledges to the community:
“Advocate for programs that promote clean water, clean air and a healthy environment for future generations.
Approve no project that is shown to be harmful to our citizens and environment.
Block mega jails or any project that is not cost-effective and in the best interest of the people it is meant to serve.
Always support projects that will enhance the lives of the less fortunate and those without a voice, over projects that only profit large corporations.
Encourage and support buying local and increasing business opportunities in our county that promote sustainable well paying jobs.
Actively solicit and listen to your concerns and will consider all consequences when formulating my opinions and decisions.
Always respect and honor Native American treaties.”
We can put Glasser on the council to fulfill these pledges while keeping her opponent, Todd Donovan, in his present council position to work with her and serve out the full term for which he ran and was chosen by the voters. Richard May described the situation perfectly in a recent article in Whatcom Watch entitled New County Council Districts Explained.
“Todd Donovan, halfway through the term he committed to when he was elected 18 months ago, a term that goes until the end of 2019, decided to run for the District 2 seat that Amy is running for — another seat at the same table he already sits at. So, at this point, if the people elect Amy, Todd would still have two years left on the term we worked so hard to elect him to a year and a half ago. But, if the people elect Todd now to a duplicative seat on council (he must then vacate the old one and restart in the new one), then a part of the community that Amy Glasser has inspired and drawn into the progressive coalition could become disappointed, with the County Council remaining a boys’ club.”
By electing Glasser we get the “best of both worlds.” Vote Amy Glasser!