The Whatcom County primaries will be held on August 6. Primary elections are only held in races where there are three or more candidates vying for the same position. This year, three candidates will be competing for a position on Blaine City Council. Brian Thomasson, David Gallion and the incumbent Charles Hawkins will be seeking a seat in Blaine’s Ward 2.
Hawkins has served the Blaine City Council in the second ward for eight years. He describes himself as “a moderate candidate with a history of putting forward reasonable solutions to the problems facing Blaine.”
Hawkins stressed the importance of building a good relationship with new city manager Dave Wilbrecht, and continuing to address the problems afflicting Blaine.
“The increase in border travel, the residential growth in east Blaine and encouraging business growth are all issues the Blaine City Council has been anticipating and planning for,” Hawkins said.
Thomasson, a realtor for Keller Williams, says one of his main objectives would be to turn Blaine from a place people drive by to a place people stop in.
“The city has done an excellent job creating one-time, family-friendly events that bring us all together, but I see a need for us
Thomasson graduated from Western Washington University in 2008 with a degree in accounting and sociology and a minor in business administration.
Gallion retired to Blaine in 2004 from Bakersfield, California, where he presided over the PTA of the largest school district in the state from 1999 to 2000. He is currently serving as chairman of the planning commission of Blaine, adding on to a lifetime of serving in public offices.
“I am very comfortable in running public hearings and explaining to the public how our city runs,” Gallion said. “I won’t need to be trained to be a city council member. I will go to work on day one.”
In addition to the planning commission, Gallion is active with the Friends of Blaine Library and the “Friendly Visitors” program, which offers aid and companionship to the elderly.