Returning to Bellingham in 2007, it was clear that the local economy here is struggling. As a young professional, opportunities to grow are few and far between here in Whatcom County. I believe the Gateway Pacific Terminal will aid in providing career opportunities to all of Whatcom County. The Gateway Pacific Terminal is a great first step in the right direction. This is an opportunity to demonstration how communities and corporations can coexist both economically and environmentally. This will bring family-wage jobs to Whatcom County while at the same time safely utilize our natural deep water port.
Traditionally, when it comes to opposing industry, opposition groups build walls to start ideological wars; this is clearly happening in Bellingham. This is not only highly unproductive but it can come at the cost of social and economic stability for many family, friends and community members. It takes the power out of the community and puts it at the will of the political interests. I find it troubling when powerful outside influences interject and force themselves into local issues. Funding misguided local opposition groups to harass our elected officials and pressure them to implement a hostile ideology suppresses the voices of the community. Join me in making a stand for Whatcom County!