Burr emerges as second candidate to advance in Bellingham council primary


BELLINGHAM - Bob Burr, an anti-coal activist and active Green Party member, has secured enough votes to face Roxanne Murphy for the Bellingham City Council's at-large seat in the November general election.

Burr widened his lead over Allen Brown in the latest ballot count, released Wednesday afternoon, Aug. 7. With almost 1,500 additional ballots in, Burr leads Brown by 166 votes or 11/2 percentage points. Whatcom County Auditor Debbie Adelstein said late Wednesday that she doesn't expect to receive many more valid ballots.

Brown said he emailed Burr to congratulate him.

"I wished him well and said I'd help him out with his campaign," Brown said.

Murphy was the clear winner in the primary, with 51.4 percent of the vote. She and Burr will square off in the Nov. 5 election to claim the council seat being vacated by Seth Fleetwood.

Other races in the primary were for seats on the Bellingham School Board and Blaine City Council. Voter turnout was about 21 percent.

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

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