BELLINGHAM - Bob Burr intends to seek the at-large City Council seat being vacated by Seth Fleetwood.
Burr is one of the "Bellingham 12" protesters arrested on trespass and obstructing charges in December 2011 after they lay down on BNSF Railway tracks to block Canada-bound coal trains.
In a press release, Burr said the current City Council was wrong in going to court to block a citizen initiative aimed at outlawing coal shipments through the city, in hope of stopping the Gateway Pacific Terminal project proposed at Cherry Point.
Burr also said he wants to curb the influence of cash on political campaigns, even at the local level.
"I will champion taxpayer financing of City Council elections in hopes that we can influence county, state and federal officials to follow our lead," Burr said.
Burr moved to Bellingham 18 years ago after retiring as a vice president at The Prudential. He set up a research and consulting practice that he ran for 13 years before retiring again to devote all his energy to political activism.
He has held a number of posts in the local Democratic Party organization and is now treasurer of the Whatcom County Green Party.