There is a primary election coming up with local candidates running for several offices that impact our lives right here. See the Whatcom County Auditor’s website for all the details at co.whatcom.wa.us/1574/Elections.
The race I am focused on this year is the coastal district 5 seat of the Whatcom County Council. That’s the area from the coast to I-5 and from the border to Bellingham city limits. The candidate for whom I am volunteering my time and energy is Natalie McClendon. She is totally prepared by experience, knowledge and character. She is a life-long environmentalist, a small business owner and a current Whatcom County planning commissioner. She is one of the smartest people I know, who studies issues carefully before deciding on action, and gives her time to worthy organizations such as the League of Women Voters and the Sierra Club.
Be sure to vote in this election and vote for Natalie for coastal district 5.
I have carefully read the candidate statements for school board in the latest issue. All the candidates have expressed lofty goals for the district. What seems lacking is specificity in how to meet the needs of all students.
Blaine schools should define excellence not only by their programs for the high achieving students but also by how they meet the needs of struggling students. I am disappointed that none of the candidates spoke to the explicit need for the district to focus on our students who need additional support due to special needs, mental health, poverty and homelessness.
Our search for the next superintendent must be led by a school board who recognizes that unless our new superintendent is skilled in addressing the diversity of our students, we will continue to leave some students behind.