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Election View: Emily Weaver offers experience, balance to Whatcom County Council

Emily Weaver is a candidate for Whatcom Couny Council District 1, Position B.
Emily Weaver is a candidate for Whatcom Couny Council District 1, Position B. Courtesy to The Bellingham Herald

I am running for the County Council position 1B currently held by Pete Kremen.

The county is currently facing some major issues.

Regardless of the issue or which side of the political aisle you are on, you will have my pledge to listen to all your concerns and issues and will deliver a fair and just decision on the issues that is the best benefit to all my constituents.

I believe in taking the money out of local politics; therefore I am running a campaign based on minimal spending to ensure that I represent all the people of my district and not the special interest behind the big money.

I have served this community before and I would like the opportunity to serve you again on the County Council District 1B seat. I believe you must be a good listener, study the issues independently and after having heard the citizens’ concerns you have to “ask the right questions.”

Here are some quotes regarding my capabilities and character:

Pete Kremen, former county executive and current council member: “Her mediation skills combined with her strict interpretation of the law would make her a valuable asset.”

Tim Douglas, former Bellingham mayor: “undertakes responsibility with commitment and zeal. She has no ties to any specific interest group.”

Rob Johnson, former State Representative 40th District: “Emily served with distinction on the Whatcom County Council. She recognizes and can deal with the delicate balancing act, which is required for complex issues. She has great energy and dedication to the quality of life which is so important to the people.”

Thomas R. Cowan, former San Juan County Commissioner: “Her excellent communication skills would be welcomed by the public.”

David R. Syre, former president of the Trillium Corporation: “Fariness, careful application of the law, high energy and enthusiasm are personality traits of Emily.”

I pledge to you that I will use the experience that I gained listed below to chart a course for the future of this beautiful county that I love and cherish. My door will always be open to hear your concerns and I will fight hard for the best solutions. We will have to work together to get what is best for this community. I will bring balance to the solutions.

A vote for Emily Weaver is a vote for the candidate with experience:

Public service experience on the County Council 1988-1992;

Whatcom County appointments — chair, Planning and Development, Capital Facilities, Public Works, Solid Waste Advisory, Lake Whatcom Watershed Committee, County Health Board, Finance and Personnel,

chairman WTA, Northwest Senior Services Board. Board of Equalization (currently serving);

State of Washington appointments — Shoreline Hearings Board, High Capacity Transportation Commission, Governor’s Drug Policy Board, State Council on Aging, Timber Futures Forum, Whatcom Council of Governments, Vice President Association of Washington Counties, Puget Sound District;

Regional appointments — Youth 2000 Commission, Conference Committee Environment 2010 Committee, Transportation 2030 Committee, Growth Management Act Committee, Student and Instructor, Planning Curriculum, County Government Official Training School;

Guest lecturer Harvard/M.I.T. School of Government.

In the upcoming primary there are four candidates for the 1B county council seat. The top two vote-getters will advance on to the general election. In the field of candidates I have the most experience. I would appreciate your support and vote.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

This is one of a series of commentaries from candidates in the Aug. 4 primary election. Emily Weaver is a candidate in the non-partisan election for a 4-year term for Whatcom County Council District 1, Position B. District 1 includes south Bellingham and south Whatcom County. Incumbent Pete Kremen is not seeking re-election.

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