Get to know general election candidates at upcoming forums

By Stefanie Donahue

Just days remain before general election ballots arrive in mailboxes across the county. Two forums will answer voters lingering questions including one in Birch Bay at 7 p.m. on Thursday, October 12 at Birch Bay Bible Community Church, 4460 Bay Road and another in Blaine at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, October 17 at the Blaine Senior Center, 763 G Street.

The Birch Bay forum will feature Whatcom County Council at-large candidates Barry Buchanan and Mary Kay Robinson, Port of Bellingham candidates Dan Robbins, Ken Bell, Barry Wenger and a representative of Michael Shepard, Blaine school district candidate Laura McKinney and fire district 21 candidates Rich Bosman and Larry McPhail. The Whatcom County Jail facilities and use tax and the Blaine-Birch Bay Park and Recreation District 2 property tax levy will also be discussed. The audience will have the chance to submit written questions to candidates.

The Blaine forum will feature Blaine City Council candidates Charles Hawkins, Justin Ledesma, Rachel Hrutfiord, H. Paul Greenough, Eric Davidson, Harry Robinson and Alicia Rule and Blaine school district candidate Laura McKinney. Each candidate will have three minutes to make a campaign statement. The Northern Light publisher Pat Grubb will moderate a question and answer period. The public may submit written questions in advance until 3 p.m. October 17; please email Questions will also be accepted from the floor.

Ballots will be mailed to all Whatcom County voters on Wednesday, October 18.

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