Statewide initiatives, utility district candidates topics of Saturday forum in Bellingham

This weekend voters can learn about candidates for Public Utility District No. 1 of Whatcom County and hear from supporters and opponents of two statewide initiatives that will be on the Nov. 4 ballot.

The League of Women Voters of Bellingham and Whatcom County will host the first of its General Election forums from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, in the Bellingham City Council chambers, 210 Lottie St. Doors open at 9 a.m.

PUD commissioner candidates Bob Burr and incumbent Jeffrey McClure will participate in the forum, as will people for and against Initiative 1351, which would reduce classroom size, and Initiative 594, which would change state rules for background checks required to purchase guns.

The forum will be broadcast live on the city’s public access channel, BTV10 (Comcast channel 10 in Bellingham), and at cob.org/services/education/btv10. It will run several times on BTV10 and be available on the League’s website, LWVbellinghamwhatcom.org.

The League will host two more forums Oct. 8 and 23 featuring candidates for U.S. House of Representatives Districts 1 and 2 and for state legislature.