Prepare for voting at Whatcom election forums


Local elected officials grapple with often-conflicting community needs: Grow business, protect the environment; provide services, manage taxpayer money; respond to community wishes, obey the law. If you have an opinion on any of those, you must vote.

Majorities on the Whatcom County Council, Bellingham Port Commission and many city councils will be decided in the Nov. 5 election.

The Bellingham Herald has again partnered with the League of Women Voters of Bellingham/Whatcom County to bring you more information to make informed voting choices.

We invite you to join us at a series of forums with candidates and initiative representatives.

Members of the League of Women Voters will moderate the panels. Our editorial board will attend to form our opinions for our local endorsements.

There are three forums:

Whatcom County Council candidates will speak at the forum to be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10, at the Bellingham Municipal Court Chambers, 2014 C St.;

Bellingham Board of Education candidates and representatives for and against two ballot issues, the Bellingham School bond and statewide Initiative 522 on labeling genetically modified agricultural products and statewide Initiative 517 on the initiative and referendum process, will speak at the forum to be held at 9:30 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 19, at Bellingham City Hall Council Chambers, 210 Lottie St.;

Candidates for Bellingham City Council and Port of Bellingham will speak at the forum to be held 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 24, in the Bellingham Municipal Court Chambers.

The league will be taking written audience questions for the candidates during the events.

The forums will be televised live and repeated on Bellingham's BTV Channel 10. The telecasts will also be available on demand on the city's website and audio will be available on radio stations KMRE-LP and KAVZ-LP.

Ballots are scheduled to be mailed Oct. 19 and are due by Nov. 5. We hope you will take this opportunity to join the League of Women Voters of Bellingham/Whatcom County and The Bellingham Herald in becoming a more informed voter.

Reach JULIE SHIRLEY at or call 715-2261.

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