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Thursday, July 16, 7-9 pm
Whatcom Democrats Membership Meeting
LOCATION: Norway Hall, 1419 N. Forest St, Bellingham, (between Champion & Magnolia) MAP
PROGRAM: School Board Candidates who are seeking the Democratic Party endorsement: With the budget crunch, neighborhood schools and other issues, their comments will mean even more this year. Endorsement in these races will be considered in AUGUST. Also: possibly some resolutions on state party policies.
by Tim Douglas
If the recession is affecting you at all, pay attention to the two Port of Bellingham Commissioner races in the August Primary and November General Election. The outcome will decide who holds the majority on the Commission. The Port of Bellingham is the one government entity whose focus is economic development and job production. It enjoys unique powers under the State Constitution, including the sale of industrial revenue bonds and the authority to impose property taxes. Fully 3.67% of all property taxes levied in our County go to the Port.
With my background as a community leader and my academic resume in urban studies and environmental policy, I am uniquely suited to address the challenges facing the Port today. I am a green builder, and former US Marine with a solid record of working with the City of Bellingham as a citizen and as a representative of the Lettered Streets Neighborhood.
John Blethen owns and operates New Whatcom Interiors, a successful cabinetmaking business started in 1979 and several commercial buildings including a new ‘Live-Work’ facility. He has worked in shipyards, schools and construction.
Catherine Chambers, President of the Whatcom County Democratic Women’s Club, and candidate for Bellingham City Council, 6th Ward, was elected President of the Washington State Federation of Democratic Women at its state convention June 21. Chambers, a long time Bellingham community organizer, said “I am honored and grateful to the women of this state for this opportunity.”
Tim Douglas and Darlene McLeod were honored for the long and dedicated service to the Democratic Party at the Eleanor Roosevelt Luncheon in May, as “Honored Democrats.” Both received framed certificates, their names on to our Honored Democrats plaque which hangs in our office, and a lifetime membership in the Whatcom Democrats.
The membership of the Whatcom Democrats met with candidates seeking the endorsement of the party at our regular monthly membership meeting at Norway Hall, Bellingham, Thursday, June 18th, 2009.
In accordance with our Endorsement Policy, the membership of the Whatcom Democrats will consider candidates for endorsement, at its June meeting. Members must attend to participate. The meeting is held at Norway Hall, 1419 N. Forest St, Bellingham, 7 - 9 pm.
Due to the full agenda on endorsements, the presentation by Dr. Dave Lynch on LOCAL & STATE HEALTH CARE SOLUTIONS has been postponed.
FACT: The County budget is balanced every year. For twelve straight years there has been no County property tax increase.
Brett Bonner, unsuccessful candidate for Mayor of Bellingham, has gathered the required signatures for a mini-initiative calling for voter approval for County property tax increases using “banked” taxing capacity.
The prognosis for meaningful health care reform in the United States in 2009 is not good, but there is a glimmer of hope. Congress and the President have invited the Health Insurance Industry to the table, but have excluded single-payer advocates from discussion on legislation.