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Ralph Schwartz

Writer • Member since May 23, 2014

After 13 years in mainstream journalism, Ralph Schwartz left The Bellingham Herald in November 2015 to get more involved in the community. He's now a freelance editor and writer, and works in environmental consulting to not quite make ends meet.

Articles by Ralph Schwartz

Conservative Whatcom candidates distance themselves from GOP

By Ralph SchwartzOn Aug 21, 2017

​Four conservative candidates for elected office in Whatcom County have gotten together to chart a third way through local politics—one that doesn’t involve Republicans or Democrats. The four—[...]

If Donovan defeats Glasser in county race, can she take his old seat?

By Ralph SchwartzOn Aug 11, 2017

Whatcom County government is in the midst of what can be a confusing transition, as the seven seats for County Council leave behind the old three-district system and begin to [...]

Democrat infighting emerges in Bellingham’s at-large race

By Ralph SchwartzOn May 14, 2017

​Democrats are in a major fight in the wake of Donald Trump’s victory in the 2016 presidential election. Sure, they are throwing everything they can at the new White House, [...]

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Coal Trains Blocked by Local Protesters

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More on Propositions 1 and 9

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Election Results - Aug 4 Primary
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