Politics Blog

Bornemann formally announces Bellingham City Council re-election bid

City Council member Terry Bornemann has made it official — he’ll run for office again this year.

This blog is a quick follow up to this story from last week, outlining election plans for Bellingham’s incumbents. At that time, I spoke with Bornemann, who told me there was a “strong possibility” he’d run again, but that he wanted to check in with a few people over the weekend.

In a news release this morning, Monday, March 9, Bornemann, the Ward 5 rep, said he’s running again “to provide stability, leadership, and historical knowledge of city government to the Council as the city continues to navigate its way into better economic times.”

Part of the challenge for the city will be “planning for the growth that comes from being such a desirable place to live without pricing long-time residents out of the market,” Bornemann said in the release.

“City government made agreements with our neighborhoods under previous administrations and councils to protect single-family neighborhoods while placing increased density around neighborhoods in urban villages,” he said. “It is important that these agreements be remembered and upheld.”

The other council seats up for election this year include those of Jack Weiss (Ward 1, not running for re-election), Dan Hammill (Ward 3, will run to keep the spot he was appointed to when Cathy Lehman resigned in December 2014), and Roxanne Murphy (at-large, will run for re-election).

Mayor Kelli Linville also said she will run again.