Candidates prepare for upcoming public forum in Birch Bay

With the general election on the horizon, five candidates, representing both legislative and congressional districts, have committed to attending a public forum in Birch Bay next week.

Locally known moderator Terry Terry will lead the discussion at 7 p.m. on Thursday, October 6 at the Birch Bay Bible Community Church, located on Bay Road.

Robert Sutherland, who is running for a congressional seat in District 1 will be in attendance. Remaining candidates are running for office in Legislative District 42, including Position 1 candidates Luanne Van Werven and Sharlaine LaClair, and for Position 2, Tracy Atwood and Vincent Buys.

Just one of the many topics expected to be on the table Thursday include the EMS levy, which would raise property taxes in an effort to maintain and survive existing emergency services in the county. In May, the Whatcom County Council agreed to put the idea up for a vote on the November ballot. If approved, homeowners would be taxed 29.5 cents per $1,000 on assessed home value for six years.

The public should also expect to see candidates discuss platforms, intentions for the future and other issues important to Whatcom County.

The event is sponsored by the Birch Bay Chamber of Commerce, the Blaine Chamber of Commerce and The Northern Light.

To read up on the issues, review this year’s general election voting guide at

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