The following picks are my personal recommendations. Northwest Citizen has eleven writers now and I can no longer speak for the website. Each writer can weigh in with their take on any election races or issues in their own articles, and may do so. I have no recommendations for races with only one candidate. On my ballot of 18 items, seven candidates have no challenger - sad note on our deteriorating democracy. Also, the three state-wide advisory issues are very confused in their ballot titles - and our state voters pamphlet has no explanation of them. I did not vote on them. So, I have only voted for eight out of the 18 items on my ballot. In truth, the 10 that I skipped have absolutely no impact on who is elected or decisions made by our legislature.
Public Safety and Jail Facilities tax - REJECT - all writers at Northwest Citizen, liberal and conservative, strongly recommend a NO vote. Juliette Daniels and David Camp have thoroughly dissected this proposal in 14 articles over the past several months.
District 1 - Liberals will vote for Rud Browne, and conservatives for Philip Morgan. Browne is overwhelmingly favored to win, as this is the liberal south side of Bellingham.
District 2 - I much prefer Amy Glasser over Todd Donovan. Both are liberal, so conservatives have a decision to make. Let me remind conservatives that Donovan pulled dirty and illegal tricks with Rud Browne to screw up the Charter Review Board’s work on election districts. Donovan has also lied repeatedly about Glasser as well as about his own situation in his all-out effort to be elected.
Donovan has two years left on his present term. He only filed months after Glasser announced and has played politics all the way. This is a sad decline by Donovan from the politically clean beginning of his public career. Glasser is a very well qualified candidate and will make a fine County Council member - and a true liberal. We can thank her for causing Donovan to publicly change his position on the jail from being for it to opposing it. If he is elected, he may well switch back to being for it. Vote for Glasser and let Donovan serve out his last two years. His run against her was an effort managed by unseen local Democratic Party operatives to punish her for supporting Bernie Sanders last year. Dirty politics - from our local establishment liberals.
District 3 - Liberals will vote for Rebecca Boonstra and conservatives for Tyler Byrd. This is the new Foothills District. Both are qualified and will serve their constituencies.
At Large - Again, liberals will vote for Barry Buchanan and conservatives will vote for Mary Kay Robinson. Each is well qualified and each will represent their constituency on the County Council if elected.
District 1 - Dan Robbins gets my vote for re-election and my strong recommendation. You can read the article I posted yesterday on this race. Robbins has done a good job in his first four year term and his common sense is needed on our port commission. Michael Shepard is a nice enough guy, but has provided no reason we should replace Robbins.
District 2 - Ken Bell brings better qualifications to the port over the experience of Barry Wenger. Bell knows ports and business. He is committed to a deeper cleanup of our waterfront than either retiring Mike McAuley or the remaining commissioner, Bobby Briscoe, both of whom were touted as environmental heroes. They fell far short. Barry Wenger has retired from a career with the Washington State Department of Ecology - and peddles that as a plus. Sorry, the DOE allowed Georgia Pacific to pollute our waterfront with toxins for all the years Wenger was there. DOE employment is no recommendation for environmental values. Ken Bell is a practical guy and will do all he can to truly clean-up our waterfront - no thanks to the DOE.
Bellingham City Council
Ward 6 - Quenby Peterson got my vote. She hardly campaigned and thus her chances are slim against incumbent Michael Lilliquist. Honestly, I would vote for most anyone running against Lilliquist. He has designs to run for mayor and will not be focused on council issues. Quenby Peterson is a quiet, smart and involved citizen. She is currently serving on the Bellingham School Board - and I endorsed her when she ran for that position. She would be an excellent fit on our City Council.
At Large - I recommend Roxanne Murphy. Duh. The local Republican Party should be ashamed of themselves for endorsing Eric Bostrom. He is a hate monger, a verbal bomb thrower and has made his reputation by disrupting other people in public spaces. While Murphy is favored to win anyway, we all - liberal and conservative - need to vote for her to avoid any chance of Bostrom on our City Council.
Regarding the Bellingham School District 4 position, I do not know enough to recommend or comment.