False rumor; fiscal responsibility

One rumor proved false. Scott Walker will not run for mayor. He had heard the rumor also.

Not rumor is the fact that Port Commissioner Ginny Benton and her husband declared bankruptcy in Novemb

One rumor proved false. Scott Walker will not run for mayor. He had heard the rumor also.

Not rumor is the fact that Port Commissioner Ginny Benton and her husband declared bankruptcy in Novemb

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One rumor proved false. Scott Walker will not run for mayor. He had heard the rumor also.

Not rumor is the fact that Port Commissioner Ginny Benton and her husband declared bankruptcy in November 2001. Ginny is planning to run for a third term as Port Commissioner. Citizens and voters may feel that her personal financial management is relevant to her ability to manage tens of millions of our tax dollars. I would not be posting this except she has confirmed she is running for office again. She should not.

The particulars of the bankruptcy are not a story of bad luck and hard struggling. Indeed, almost $100,000 of their debt was credit cards. They had an income of over $6,000 per month. Their assets included a yacht and enough property that they might have avoided bankruptcy if they had wanted. It appears they did it for some tax purpose. They just decided to avoid working their way out of debt. She should not file for Port Commissioner.

I asked Ginny if she had any comment as I was going to post this and she said no. No comment. And a search of the Herald did not turn up any story. Yawn. Maybe only this blog is concerned about this. What Port Commissioners do is make decisions on revenue and expenditures - the Port's primary mission is economic activity. She has other problems, for example the conflict of interest she created by taking a high-paying job with Port tenant STS. She should not run again.

About John Servais

Citizen Journalist and Editor • 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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