Recently, I had an opportunity to have dinner with Barry Buchanan, who is running for the County Council in the fall. For over an hour, Barry answered questions from a group of 15 or so citizens. His answers to questions on various policy issues, including the unified system of Emergency Medical Services, Growth Management Act compliance and the proposed new jail sound to me eminently reasonable. More importantly, he is a Whatcom County native with experience in both city and county government, a record of accomplishment, and a history of respect for citizens, respectful cooperation and debate with officials elected and appointed, and thoughtful examination of all sides of the issues. In the course of our conversation, Mr. Buchanan demonstrated his comprehensive understanding of the most controversial issues and his commitment to finding workable, fair solutions for all residents of Whatcom County. My mind is made up, I am voting for Barry Buchanan in this year's County Council election.