Let’s compare the two candidates running for the 42nd legislative district position in Whatcom County.
LuAnn VanWernen’s website states she grew up in Whatcom County, is a college graduate, a youth advisory committee participant, a “voice for women, an advocate for farmers and for conservative values.” She hopes to scale back the authority that state agencies have in agriculture. She was vice-chair of the state Republican Party and chair of Whatcom County Republican Party.
Satpal Sidhu has three graduate degrees and is a Fulbright scholar. As a former dean of Bellingham Technical College, he created alliances with four local oil refineries starting a new degree program, resulting in hundreds of jobs for students. He has a unique prospective of our community having served on many local boards and committees. Sidhu has managed multimillion-dollar budgets and is a small business owner along with having 40 years in international business. He states that his decisions are based on using a long-term perspective. His focus is in education and job creation.
The comparison between the two candidates is stark. We have a unique opportunity to have a well-qualified person represent our county. I think we would be foolish not to allow Satpal Sidhu the chance to work in Olympia.