Candidate forum focuses on court race, local ballot issues

The League of Women Voters of Bellingham/Whatcom County and the city of Bellingham are hosting a candidate forum at 10 a.m. (doors open at 9:30 a.m.) on Saturday, Oct. 13, which will cover the race for position two on the Whatcom County Superior Court, as well as two local ballot issues.

The forum will be held in the Bellingham City Council chambers at 210 Lottie St. Audience questions are encouraged.

The forum will be aired live, and then re-broadcast on BTV10 Comcast Channel 10 by the city of Bellingham, as well as on the city’s website.

It will also be repeated on the radio stations KMRE-LP and KAVZ-LP. The Bellingham Herald is a media partner for the event, and league member Dan White will moderate.

The candidates for position two of the Whatcom County Superior Court are Dave Grant and Deborra Garrett.

Local ballot issues that will be covered include:

Bellingham Proposition No. 1: Low-income housing levy

The Bellingham Ciy Council adopted Ordinance No. 2012-06-033 concerning property taxes for low-income housing assistance. This proposition would fund housing and housing services for people with low or very low incomes, including those with disabilities, veterans, seniors, and families with children by (a) authorizing an increase in the city’s regular property tax levy by up to $0.12/$1,000 to $2.62/$1,000 of assessed value as allowed by RCW 84.55; and (b) authorizing a regular property tax levy of up to $0.24/$1,000 of assessed value under RCW 84.52.105, each for seven years generating approximately $3,000,000 annually.

Port of Bellingham Proposition 1: Number of port commissioners 

The commissioners of the Port of Bellingham adopted Resolution no. 1310, concerning a proposition to increase the number of port commissioners. This proposition would increase the number of commissioners of the port district from three (3) commissioners to five (5) commissioners.

For more information, contact Kay Ingram at 360-927-2141 or, or at

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