Council approves ward redistricting

Published on Thu, May 14, 2009
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By Tara Nelson

In a special meeting May 4, Blaine City Council voted 5-0 to approve an ordinance that would create new voting ward boundaries for the city of Blaine.

Sheri Sanchez, clerk for the city of Blaine, said the new ordinance will help clarify a boundary in ward one and to create a separate ward for Semiahmoo.

The change also affects the area currently represented by Jason Overstreet as his ward will be transferred from ward 3 from which he was elected, to ward 2 where he will serve the remainder of his term. Council member Harry Robinson has also shifted from ward 2 to ward 3.

Sanchez said because four council positions are up for election this November, the decision was necessary to clarify districts and stagger terms to ensure they would not all expire in the same year.

As a result, position six in ward 3, currently represented by Paul Greenough, will become a four year term after the 2009 election. Although Greenough is one of the newest members on council, his current term is shorter than most because he had been appointed last spring to fill the position of Bruce Wolf, who had resigned last year for health reasons.

Position 5 in ward 3 will also be changed to a two-year term as opposed to a four year term for this election year only, she said. After the 2009 election, both ward 3 positions will be four year terms.  

Also, in 2011, ward 2, position 3, represented by Scott Dodd, will be a four year term and position 4, represented by Overstreet, will be a two year term.

The ordinance would also fix a scribner’s error that read the at-large position was position 4. It now reads position 7, which is represented by Charlie Hawkins.

Four positions are up for election this year. They are Harry Robinson and Paul Greenough, ward 3, position 5 and 6, respectively; Bonnie Onyon, ward 1, position 2; and Charlie Hawkins, position 7. Those interested in running can call the Whatcom County auditor’s office at 360/676-6742, or Blaine City Hall at 332-8311.

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