Last Wednesday, July 24th, 2013, the Whatcom Tea Party held their second Candidate Forum. This forum focused on the people who are running for the Bellingham City Council and the Port of Bellingham positions. There was less audience in attendance (I have it on good authority that there was a Fun-raiser being held at the same time for Barry Buchanan and Pinky Vargas; the Fun-raiser was organized by Lisa McShane and Kathy Lehman who are the master developers of the County Council slate of candidates for the Whatcom Win’s promotion) but, there was still a relatively good balance of people in the audience to participate. The audience questions were focused on; the GP Waterfront development, Emergency Management Service funding, Jobs, Water Quality, Biodiversity, the City and Ports spending and budget priorities, Enticing New Business to Bellingham/Whatcom County as well as retaining the Local Businesses already here. Each candidate who had agreed to participate showed up (again I want to thank them all for that) and answered the questions directly. At this forum I did see distinct differences in each of the candidates platform. The Bellingham City Council At Large race between, Roxanne Murphy, Bob Burr and Allen Brown, being the most indicative of each Candidate standing by their convictions. The COB At Large race will be in your Voters Guide and whittled down to two candidates after the Primary Election results in August 2013.
Both Burr and Brown have accepted no political donations and declared that their votes will be beholden to No One! I want to personally thank them both for running open and sincere races. That is a breath of fresh air for voters and I plan to do my best to share that information with anyone willing to listen. Please take a moment to listen to the audio file I’ve captured from the KGMI podcast and decide for yourself who will best represent you on the Bellingham City Council and at the Port of Bellingham.
Remember, we always get the government we vote for whether you physically vote or not.
~ Kris Halterman
2013 WTP Candidate Forum – City and Port Candidates Part 1:
2013 WTP Candidate Forum – City and Port Candidates Part 2: