Over the last year I've been working to educate myself on city and county issues that run parallel with what is important to me. And I'm seeing that it's important to not stop there -- I need to find out the character and experience of those in city and county office positions who have a strong part in shaping policy for our community. After meeting Barry Buchanan several weeks ago, I knew I'd found a just that person! Barry Buchanan is one of those candidates for Whatcom County Council. He's optimistic and respectful in working with everyone, no matter what side of the issue. He has honed his skill, through four years on the Bellingham City Council, to carefully study each issue no matter how complex. Whether it be the issue of a no-coal port future, right-sized jail or emergency services for all the community, I trust Barry to make good decisions for our community's well-being.