Several local election forums planned this month

Candidates running for seats on the Bellingham City Council, the Port of Bellingham and the Whatcom County Council are participating in several candidate forums in October.

– The Bellingham Food Bank is hosting a forum from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 7, at Bellingham Municipal Court at 2014 C St. Candidates for the Whatcom County Council and the Bellingham City Council will be asked for their perspectives on issues such as poverty, hunger and homelessness. For more information, contact the Food Bank at 360-676-0392.

– The League of Women Voters of Bellingham/Whatcom County is collaborating with the city of Bellingham and The Bellingham Herald to present several candidate forums. One for the Whatcom County Council will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 10, in Bellingham Municipal Court, 2014 C St. A second forum for the Port of Bellingham and the Bellingham City Council will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct 24, in the same location. Doors will open for both events at 6 p.m., and audience members are encouraged to arrive early.

– The League of Women Voters and it partners are also hosting a forum on Bellingham Board of Education candidates and the Bellingham School Bond is from 9:30 a.m.  to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 19, in the Bellingham City Council Chambers, 210 Lottie St. This forum will include discussions on the statewide Initiative 522 (labeling of genetically modified food).

The League of Women Voters’ forums will be telecast live and repeated on the city’s channel, BTV10, and available live and on-demand from www.cob.org/services/education/btv10.

Radio stations KMRE-LP and KAVZ-LP will also repeat the audio.

This story has been updated with new information.

Update: Oct. 8, 2013

The League of Women Voters of Bellingham/Whatcom County has canceled a discussion on Initiative 517, which proposes changes to the state’s initiative process, during its Oct. 19 forum. League co-president Annette Holcomb said representatives from both pro and con sides of I-517 were invited to participate, but neither will be unable to attend. 

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