Kathy Kershner announced on Tuesday, April 9, her intent to run for a second term on the Whatcom County Council. In the same statement, she went public with the cancer she fought at the beginning of her first term.
Doctors declared her cancer free on Feb. 26, 2010, Kershner said, less than four months after being diagnosed the day before Election Day. She won a close race in November 2009 against Dan McShane.
Kershner, 48, said enough time has passed to let the public know about having non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.
"I didn't want the focus to be on my battle at that point," Kershner said in an interview. "I wanted the focus to be on the job I was doing."
Kershner, the council chairwoman, is active in the county Republican Party but has not voted a strict political line. Her vote last month in favor of a state-to-county land transfer to create a large park around Lake Whatcom went against the conservative grain.
She is also known on the council for her impatience at the sometimes slow pace of council decision-making.