Western Washington University professor and Democrat-friendly Todd Donovan announced this morning, Tuesday, May 5, he will run for Whatcom County Council.
Donovan, 52, currently sits among the progressive minority on the 15-member Whatcom Charter Review commission. He was one of six successful candidates endorsed by the county Democrats.
In 2013, Donovan filed a complaint with the state Public Disclosure Commission claiming that Republicans were earmarking donations from BNSF Railway and Pacific International Terminals — the two applicants for a coal terminal at Cherry Point — to conservative County Council candidates. The result of that action wasn’t immediately available (meaning, I couldn’t find it on the PDC website before having to run off to a County Council meeting).
The full press release announcing Donovan’s run for office can be read here.
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Donovan joins a race that already has conservatives Bruce Ayers — former campaign manager for Sheriff Bill Elfo — and Theresa Sygitowicz, who ran for council on a budget-cutting platform in 2010 and has said in statements this year she would protect rural landowners. They are running for the seat that will be vacated by Pete Kremen, who is retiring from public office after 31 years.
Kremen’s District 1 is politically the most progressive of the three districts in the county, but council members are elected countywide in the general election.