As the local campaign season gets started, I've noticed a disturbing trend. Some candidates running for re-election or for higher office seem to be campaigning against the government that they've been in charge of. For example, a flyer that was circulated recently alleges that county policies are hurting farmers, but the flyer endorses the people who are currently running the county! These folks are a bit confused, or maybe a bit dishonest. Either way, they're not the people I want making decisions for Whatcom County.
I don't believe it's fair for elected officials to point fingers about a problem they've had the chance to solve. Kathy Kershner has been chair of the county council for two years. She and Bill Knutzen have been part of the majority for four years. Michelle Luke is chair of the Whatcom County planning commission and Ben Elenbaas is part of a conservative majority there. These people have held the power for years. They should own up to the results.
I agree that we should vote to protect farmers and farmland; I also agree that the folks we elected haven't done that. I'll be voting for change in November: Ken Mann, Carl Weimer, Rud Browne and Barry Buchanan.