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Pencil them in: October packed with Whatcom County candidate forums

Election season is in full swing and local candidates will be getting in plenty of face time at forums and debates over the next month in anticipation of the Nov. 4 general election.

Last weekend PUD candidates and proponents and opponents of two initiatives on the ballot (I-594 and I-1351) spoke at the first of three League of Women Voters candidate forums.

At this week’s Whatcom Tea Party Forum, candidates in five of Whatcom County’s races spoke their minds on issues from the proposed Gateway Pacific Terminal to right-to-work legislation, Growth Management Act participation to corporate personhood and campaign finance.

Details from a handful of forums will soon make their way into election stories by myself and fellow blogger Ralph Schwartz, but if you’re hungry for some detailed analysis on Wednesday’s Tea Party forum, here are links to pieces put out by the Political Junkie, Riley Sweeney and the Seattle P-I’s Joel Connelly.

I was going to include results from the Tea Party Forum’s straw poll that I got today, but I quickly realized the graphs don’t really allow us to analyze much. Of about 160 attendants, 57 voted in the straw poll; They were asked to rank candidates on a scale from 1 to 5 with 1 for “very unfavorable” 3 for “neutral” or 5 for “very favorable.” Graphs sent out by the Tea Party this afternoon simply showed how many total points each candidate got. Each Republican candidate in the four partisan races and Jeff McClure in the nonpartisan PUD race led in favorability in the poll. Because the graphs weren’t broken down to show how many of each type of vote the candidates got, I’m not including them here.

Many of our Politics Blog readers may already have the upcoming forums zealously scrawled into their calendars like Ralph and I do, but for those who’ve run out of space between other appointments (and having a life), I thought I’d throw a somewhat comprehensive list of them up here on the blog:

Wednesday, Oct. 8

•  Northwest Business Club 42nd District State Senate Debate,

11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

at

Bellingham Elks Lodge, 710 Samish Way

. Cost for the lunch and admission is

$10 for members, $15 for non-members.

Scheduled to feature debate on statewide issues between 42nd District State Senate incumbent Doug Ericksen (R) and challenger Seth Fleetwood (D).

•  League of Women Voters Forum,

6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

at

Bellingham Municipal Court, 2014 C St.

Doors open at

5:50 p.m.,

audience members must go through security check.



Candidates may be asked written questions submitted by audience at the event.

Scheduled to feature:

U.S. House of Representatives District 1: incumbent Rep. Suzan DelBene (D) and challenger Pedro Celis (R)

U.S. House of Representatives District 2: incumbent Rick Larsen (D) and challenger B.J. Guillot (R)

42nd District State Senate: incumbent Doug Ericksen (R) and challenger Seth Fleetwood (D)

Forum will be broadcast live on BTV10, Comcast Channel 10 in Bellingham, and rerun on KMRE 102.3 FM Bellingham and KAVZ 102.5 Deming.

•  Whatcom County Granges Present Charter Review Information Night,

7 to 9 p.m.

Voters can learn about the County Charter, offer ideas for changes to the charter, and meet the Charter Review Commission candidates for their district.

District 1 candidates and voters can meet at the Rome Grange, off Mount Baker Highway at milepost 7

District 2 candidates and voters can meet at the Ten Mile Grange, near the intersection of East Pole and Hannegan roads

District 3 candidates and voters can meet at the North Bellingham Grange, near the intersection of West Smith Road and Northwest Drive

Thursday, Oct. 9

•  Birch Bay, Blaine, Lummi Island Candidates Forum, starts at

7 p.m.

at

Birch Bay Bible Community Church, 4460 Bay Road

(corner of Blaine and Bay roads). Meet-and-greet starts at

6:30 p.m.

Candidates may be asked written questions submitted by audience at the event or submitted beforehand to ChairKathy@birchbayinfo.org.

Scheduled to feature:

42nd District State Senate: incumbent Doug Ericksen (R) and challenger Seth Fleetwood (D)

42nd District State House of Representatives, Position 1: incumbent Vincent Buys (R) and challenger Joy Monjure (D)

42nd District State House of Representatives, Position 2: candidates Satpal Sidhu (D) and Luanne Van Werven (R)

Wednesday, Oct. 15 (Ballots mailed to voters)

•  Whatcom County Council on Aging Candidates Forum,

1 to 3 p.m., Bellingham Senior Activity Center auditorium, 315 Halleck St. in Bellingham

.



Candidates in seven races will each get five minutes to talk about their priorities and answer questions from attendees.

Scheduled to feature:

U.S. House of Representatives District 1: incumbent Rep. Suzan DelBene (D) and challenger Pedro Celis (R)

U.S. House of Represenatives District 2: incumbent Rick Larsen (D) and challenger B.J. Guillot (R)

42nd District State Senate: incumbent Doug Ericksen (R) and challenger Seth Fleetwood (D)

42nd District State House of Representatives, Position 1: incumbent Vincent Buys (R) and challenger Joy Monjure (D)

42nd District State House of Representatives, Position 2: candidates Satpal Sidhu (D) and Luanne Van Werven (R)

40th District State House of Representatives: incumbent Kristine Lytton (D) and challenger Daniel Miller (R)

Public Utility District of Whatcom County no. 1 non-partisan commission: incumbent Jeffrey McClure and challenger Bob Burr

Thursday, Oct. 16

• 

Human Services Candidate Forum

,

5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Bellingham Municipal Court, 2014 C St.

Doors open around

5:15 p.m.,

audience members may need to go through security check.



Scheduled to feature:

42nd District State Senate: incumbent Doug Ericksen (R) and challenger Seth Fleetwood (D)

42nd District State House of Representatives, Position 1: incumbent Vincent Buys (R) ( As of Friday afternoon, Oct. 3, Buys had not confirmed if he would go to this forum) and challenger Joy Monjure (D)

42nd District State House of Representatives, Position 2: candidates Satpal Sidhu (D) and Luanne Van Werven (R)

40th District State House of Representatives: incumbent Kristine Lytton (D) and challenger Daniel Miller (R)

Forum will be broadcast live on BTV10, Comcast Channel 10 in Bellingham.

Thursday, Oct. 23

•  League of Women Voters Forum,

6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

at

Bellingham Municipal Court, 2014 C St.

Doors open at

5:50 p.m.,

audience members must go through security check.



Candidates may be asked written questions submitted by audience at the event.

Scheduled to feature:

42nd District State House of Representatives, Position 1: incumbent Vincent Buys (R) and challenger Joy Monjure (D)

42nd District State House of Representatives, Position 2: candidates Satpal Sidhu (D) and Luanne Van Werven (R)

40th District State House of Representatives: incumbent Kristine Lytton (D) and challenger Daniel Miller (R)

Forum will be broadcast live on BTV10, Comcast Channel 10 in Bellingham.

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