Kudos to the Whatcom County Council for stepping up to deny the charter commission what I believe to be its haphazard, inappropriate and potentially illegal rigging of our election rules. I believe coal interests funded and propped up these activist charter members to sway the chances of local approval of the Cherry Point facility. It is important that the voters have their say in the makeup of our Country Council and that the election system is fair to all of our county citizens, regardless of their political ideologies or beliefs or whether they live in the city our out in rural Whatcom County. I am personally grateful for those who have pushed the county to allow the voters to choose this coming election to have five fair and equal districts to represent them on the County Council. I will be voting for this as the most appropriate way to adjust our election system to allow for the most democratic and representative solution to our out-dated election laws.