Ferndale councilman seeks second term




FERNDALE - Jon Mutchler, pastor and musician, would like to continue wearing another hat in the city - that of city council member.

Mutchler, 53, announced Monday, April 29, he will seek a second term on the council. He defeated incumbent Ken Downey by five votes in a recount in 2009.

Mutchler is a fiscal conservative who voted with the minority against a 3 percent property tax hike for 2013.

He took a firm position on the city's hard-water problem, which drew hundreds of complaints from residents and businesses. He said the city should pursue a large-scale water softener for the treatment plant.

Mutchler is the founding pastor of the Ferndale Alliance Church. He had a regular gig as a pianist at the Semiahmoo Resort until it closed in December.

Reach Ralph Schwartz at 360-715-2289 or ralph.schwartz@bellinghamherald.com. Read his politics blog at blogs.bellinghamherald.com/politics or follow him on Twitter at @bhamheraldpolitics.

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