Candidates invited to file for council vacancy
County Auditor Shirley Forslof said that there will be a special filing period to fill Bruce Wolf’s unexpired term because his resignation came just before an August 21 state deadline.
“State law provides for a special filing period when a non-partisan race becomes open before August 21,” she said. Candidates must live in ward two and may file at the Whatcom County Courthouse, 311 Grand Avenue, first floor, on August 22, 23 and 24 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. There is no filing fee.
In the meantime, Blaine city council may fill the vacancy by appointment, she said, but the person’s tenure would end on November 27 when the election winner is certified. If no one files then the council would solicit names of ward two voters for appointment to serve out the vacancy until 2009.
Ward two, which is also represented by Ken Ely, covers Semiahmoo Spit and the Drayton Cove, Aerie and Boundary Ridge neighborhoods, Beachwalker condominiums and both the Semiahmoo and Blaine marinas, most of Marine Drive and a six-block wide swath between G and Cedar streets through downtown east to the city limits. At Odell it narrows to a one-block wide segment that runs along the north side of H Street Road to the eastern city limits near Valley View Road.
For a detailed map of Blaine’s three wards, visit the city’s web site at www.ci.blaine.wa.us. Click on city council and then on voting precincts. For more information, call 332-8311 or the county auditor’s office at 676-6742.