Watch, listen, judge, vote - Salish Current
September 22, 2023
Watch, listen, judge, vote
Mike Sato

Get ready to vote by Nov. 7: forums on candidates and ballot issues over the next several weeks will give voters an opportunity to see and hear first-hand, and information they need to make up their own minds. (Salish Current file photo)

September 22, 2023
Watch, listen, judge, vote
Mike Sato


First, some dates to keep in mind: The general election is Nov. 7. Ballots will be mailed out Oct. 20. 

Next Wednesday, Sept. 27, the City Club of Bellingham at Noon holds its forum for candidates for Bellingham mayor and city council Ward 1, Ward 3 and at-large positions— and the Bellingham/Whatcom County League of Women Voters holds its forum at 7 p.m. for Whatcom County executive candidates, live in Whatcom County Council Chambers.

That’s just the beginning. Salish Current stands with the City Club and the three county League chapters in encouraging you to attend or Zoom these forum presentations: watch and listen, then judge and vote. 

Hang on, here’s the schedule:

Sept. 27

11:30 a.m. — In-person, Mount Vernon city council and school board, at Hillcrest Lodge, registration. Mount Vernon Chamber of Commerce.

Noon — In-person, Bellingham mayor and council races at the Bellingham Yacht Club, reservations no later than 6 p.m., Sept. 24. Bellingham City Club.

7 p.m. — In-person, Whatcom County executive, in Whatcom Council Chambers. Bellingham/Whatcom LWV. 

Sept. 28

6 p.m. — In-person, Ferndale mayor and council, in Ferndale Council Chambers. Bellingham/Whatcom LWV. 

Oct. 2

6 p.m. — In-person and by Zoom, Sedro-Woolley mayor and city council positions, at Skagit PUD. Skagit LWV.

Oct. 3

5:30 p.m. — In-person and ZoomLopez School Board Position #3, public hospital district Proposition #1, Grace Church Parish Hall. San Juan LWV.

7 p.m. — In-person, Whatcom Council, in Whatcom Council Chambers. Bellingham/Whatcom LWV.

Oct. 4

Noon — By Zoom, Whatcom Proposition 4 (Jail) Levy, Bellingham Initiative 1 (minimum wage), and Bellingham Initiative 2 (rental relocation). Register by Oct. 2. Bellingham City Club

6 p.m. — In-person, Jail levy debate and Whatcom Sheriff forum, in Whatcom Council Chambers. Bellingham/Whatcom LWV.

Oct. 6

6 p.m. —By Zoom Ferndale School Board. Bellingham/Whatcom LWV.

7:45 p.m. —By Zoom Mount Baker School Board. Bellingham/Whatcom LWV.

Indivisible Bellingham [additional details not available at publication]

Oct. 10

5 p.m. — In-person, Anacortes City Council Position 3, School Board Position 5, Port of Anacortes Commissioner Position 4, at Anacortes City Council Chambers. Anacortes Chamber of Commerce and Skagit LWV.

6 p.m. — By Zoom Meridian School Board. Bellingham/Whatcom LWV.

7:30 p.m. — By Zoom Bellingham School Board. Bellingham/Whatcom LWV.

Oct. 11

5 p.m. — In-person and ZoomSan Juan Fire Commissioners #2 and #3, Fire Protection District 2 Proposition 1, in the Firehall. San Juan LWV.

6:15 p.m. — In-person, Burlington mayor, city council, school board positions. Registration. Burlington City Council Chambers. Burlington Chamber of Commerce and Skagit LWV.

Oct. 12

5:30 p.m. — In-person and ZoomFriday Harbor Town Council Member #2, San Juan Fire Commissioner #3, in the Grange Hall. San Juan LWV.

6 p.m. — By ZoomBlaine School Board and 8 Zoom Blaine City Council. Bellingham/Whatcom LWV.

Oct. 16

6:30 p.m. In-person and by Zoom, La ConnerMount Vernon and Sedro-Woolley school board candidates at Skagit PUD. Skagit LWV.

Oct. 17

6 p.m. In-person, Bellingham Mayor and Council, in Bellingham City Council Chambers. Bellingham/Whatcom LWV.

Oct. 18

6 p.m. By ZoomLynden School Board. Bellingham/Whatcom LWV.

— Mike Sato, Managing Editor

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