Blaine, Birch Bay candidate forums set

This month, voters in Blaine and Birch Bay will have the chance to ask their burning questions to the full slate of candidates on the November 7 general election ballot.

Two forums are scheduled over the coming month to help inform voters, including one in Birch Bay at 7 p.m. on Thursday, October 12 at Birch Bay Bible Community Church, located at 4460 Bay Road.

Blaine-Birch Bay Park and Recreation District 2, Birch Bay Water and Sewer District, Fire Protection District 21, Blaine School District and Blaine City Council have positions up for election this year. Voters will also decide whether or not to approve a sales and use tax for a new county jail and a six-year levy to fund Blaine-Birch Bay Park and Recreation District 2. The forum in Birch Bay will feature a question and answer period and extended discussion.

Confirmed speakers include Whatcom County Council at-large candidates Barry Buchanan and Mary Kay Robinson, Port of Bellingham District 1 candidates Michael Shepard and Dan Robbins, Port of Bellingham District 2 candidates Ken Bell and Barry Wenger, Blaine School District candidate Laura McKinney, Fire Protection District 21 position 4 candidate Rich Bosman and Fire Protection District 21 position 5 candidate Larry McPhail. The forum will feature discussion about the Whatcom County Jail facilities and use tax as well as the Blaine-Birch Bay Park and Recreation District 2 property tax levy.

The second forum takes place in Blaine at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, October 17 at the Blaine Senior Center. Candidates running for contested Blaine City Council and Blaine school district positions have been invited to attend and meet the voters. Each candidate will be allowed three minutes to make a campaign statement, followed by a question and answer period. The event will be moderated by Pat Grubb, publisher of The Northern Light.

The public is invited to submit questions for candidates and positions before the event in Blaine; please send them to by 3 p.m. on the day of the event.

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