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One week left to cast your ballot in Whatcom County elections

Election '17: County Council candidates Byrd, Boonstra make their case to voters

Whatcom County Council District 3 candidates Rebecca Boonstra and Tyler Byrd make their closing remarks Oct. 23 at Mount Baker High School during an election forum presented by the Bellingham/Whatcom League of Women Voters and the City of Bellingh
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Whatcom County Council District 3 candidates Rebecca Boonstra and Tyler Byrd make their closing remarks Oct. 23 at Mount Baker High School during an election forum presented by the Bellingham/Whatcom League of Women Voters and the City of Bellingh

Ballots for the Nov. 7 election are due in one week. Ballots deposited in a drop box don’t need postage and may be dropped off until 8 p.m. Election Day. If you return your ballot in the mail, a 49-cent stamp is required and the ballot must have a postmark no later than Nov. 7 to be counted.

In Bellingham, all voters can cast ballots for all district and at-large seats. All voters in the county can cast ballots for all Port of Bellingham races and the County Council at-large seat. Other County Council district representatives will be selected by voters in those districts.

The Whatcom County ballot also includes Proposition 2017-6, a two-tenths of 1 percent public safety and jail facilities sales and use tax. Shoppers would pay 20 cents of every $100 spent on non-food purchases toward the 480-bed jail, until the tax ends in 2048.

Candidates have been busy campaigning at election forums and with cards sent to mailboxes across Whatcom County. The Bellingham/Whatcom League of Women Voters, among others, held candidate forums for Whatcom County Council, Bellingham City Council and Port of Bellingam.

The posts are all non-partisan, but political parties have supported candidates.

Whatcom Democrats urged support for Rud Brown, Todd Donovan, Rebecca Boonstra and Barry Buchanan for County Council; Michael Shepard and Barry Wenger for Port Commission; and Michael Lilliquist and Roxanne Murphy, along with Gene Knutson and Pinky Vargas who are running unopposed, for Bellingham City Council.

The Whatcom County GOP website recommends support for Philip Morgan, Mary Kay Robinson and Tyler Byrd for County Council; Eric Bostrom for Bellingham Council; and Dan Robbins and Ken Bell for Port Commission.

Amy Grasher, election coordinator with the Whatcom County Auditor's office, explains how to fill out a ballot. General election ballots must be postmarked by Nov. 7.

Candidates for Bellingham, Port and County Council reported raising $454,672 for their campaigns, according to the Public Disclosure Commission Monday.

Bellingham City Council

Ward 6 incumbent Lilliquist faces Bellingham School Board member Quenby Peterson. Lilliquist has raised $6,911. Peterson has raised $666.

For the at-large seat, Bostrom has raised $6,946; incumbent Murphy has raised $15,345.

Whatcom County Council at-large seat candidates Barry Buchanan and Mary Kay Robinson discuss their approaches to water rights in light of the Hirst decision. That decision by the state Supreme Court clarified that Washington's Growth Management Ac

Whatcom County Council

In the 1st District, race, County Council member Browne has raised $37,290. Morgan is not required to disclose contributions as a “mini filer” who will raise and spend no more than $5,000.

In District 2, County Council member Donovan has raised $34,472; Amy Glasser has raised $17,468.

In District 3, Boonstra has raised $30,471; Byrd has raised $39,487.

For the at-large seat, County Council member Buchanan has raised $37,655; Robinson has raised $43,815.

Port of Bellingham

In District 1, incumbent Robbins has raised $52,637; Shepard has raised $52,934.

In District 2, Bell has raised $30,186; Wenger has raised $48,390.

Voter info

The Whatcom County Auditor’s Office, whatcomcounty.us/1728/Voters, has links to help you find a ballot drop box and check if your ballot has been received.

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