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Tis time to focus on local issues

Elections this fall could bring positive change to Whatcom County and Bellingham. In particular, we need a new Mayor and we need a new Port Commissioner. The challenge is not convincing the voters who to vote for - it is getting good, qualified candidates. When you are faced with an incumbent you cannot stand and challengers who do not even know the issues then you feel like not even voting. And we then suffer through 4 more years.

Encourage qualified people to run for elective office. Promise them money and shoe leather. Liberal and Conservative are empty labels for our local offices. The local Democratic party is so divided as to be dysfunctional. The Republicans have bought into a national program that has no local relevance. We need intelligent, informed and courageous persons to run for office. I’ll take integrity over agreement on issues every time. In over 40 years of political activism, it has been a lesson I’ve learned over and over.

I think we have a good chance to bump Mark Asmundson out of office and I hope all - conservative and liberal - will support whoever makes it through the Primary Election against him. We have been divided in the past and Mark has won. The vast majority of Bellingham citizens want a new mayor. Let’s have a vigorous Primary Election and support the winning challenger.

I will post info on the Port of Bellingham race in a day or two. First I need to confirm some rumors. This is close to my heart, of course. We have such potential with our Port and we have squandered our money and planning for over 20 years on wasteful projects. Bellweather, the International Trade Building at the Airport - formerly the KAP building. And a confusing web of roads at Squalicum Harbor that replaced roads that worked just fine. And many, many more.

About John Servais

Writer • Fairhaven, Washington USA • Member since Feb 26, 2008

John started Northwest Citizen in 1995 to inform fellow citizens of serious local political issues that the Bellingham Herald was ignoring. With the help of donors from the beginning, he has [...]

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