FILE - In this Feb. 5, 2015 file photo, Sen. Kevin Ranker, a Democrat from Orcas Island, listens during a hearing in Olympia, Wash. State Sen. Kevin Ranker, an Orcas Island Democrat, resigned Jan. 11 in the wake of workplace harassment allegations made by a former aide, according to an Associated Press report.
FILE - In this Feb. 5, 2015 file photo, Sen. Kevin Ranker, a Democrat from Orcas Island, listens during a hearing in Olympia, Wash. State Sen. Kevin Ranker, an Orcas Island Democrat, resigned Jan. 11 in the wake of workplace harassment allegations made by a former aide, according to an Associated Press report. Rachel La Corte AP
FILE - In this Feb. 5, 2015 file photo, Sen. Kevin Ranker, a Democrat from Orcas Island, listens during a hearing in Olympia, Wash. State Sen. Kevin Ranker, an Orcas Island Democrat, resigned Jan. 11 in the wake of workplace harassment allegations made by a former aide, according to an Associated Press report. Rachel La Corte AP

Robert Mittendorf covers civic issues, weather, traffic and how people are coping with the high cost of housing for The Bellingham Herald. A journalist since 1984, he’s also a volunteer firefighter for South Whatcom Fire Authority.