County council candidates step up to the mic

Published on Wed, Oct 2, 2013
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Gather around if you want to know who stands for what in the upcoming county council election. On Thursday, October 10, candidates for Whatcom County Council will be exchanging their views in a forum at the Bellingham Municipal Court from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

The forum, which will be the first of three election presentations, is a collaboration between the League of Women Voters of Bellingham/Whatcom County and the city of Bellingham.

Doors open at 6 p.m. and audience members are encouraged to arrive early. The live telecast will begin promptly at 6:30 p.m.

All registered voters in Whatcom County – regardless of where they live – will be voting for four of the seven county council members, a majority of the council for four-year terms. 

Candidates and their opponents are: Kathy Kershner and Barry Buchanan (District 1A), Ken Mann and Ben Elenbaas (District 2A), Michelle Luke and Carl Weimer (District 3A). Rud Browne and Bill Knutzen (at large seat).

Candidates will have the opportunity to respond to questions from the league moderator and written questions from the audience. 

The forum will be telecast live and repeated on the city’s channel BTV10. It will also be available live and on demand at . Radio stations KMRE-LP and KAVZ-LP will also broadcast the session.

A forum for residents to hear from candidates for the Port of Bellingham will be held from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 24 in Bellingham Municipal Court.

Founded in 1920, the League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan organization with 800 affiliates across the country. It encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues and influences public policy through education and advocacy. 

Membership is open to men and women of all ages.