League of Women Voters to host November election forums


The League of Women Voters of Bellingham-Whatcom County (LWV) is hosting a series of virtual forums for the November 8 election candidates starting at the end of the month. The forums will be held until ballots are mailed Wednesday, October 19.

The forum for the Public Utility District 1 commissioner will kick off the series at 5 p.m. Friday, September 30. Jaime Arnett and Eric Davidson are running for the position. The forum for Whatcom County District Court Judge position 2 will be held 6:15 p.m. that evening. Jonathan Rands and Gordon Jenkins are running for the judge position.

On Friday, October 7, the forum for U.S. Congressional District 2 representative candidates incumbent Rick Larsen (D) and Dan Matthews (R) will start at 6 p.m. 

On Wednesday, October 12, a forum will host 42nd Legislative District senator candidates incumbent Simon Sefzik and Sharon Shewmake at 5 p.m. 

On Friday, October 14, a forum for 42nd Legislative District representative 1 will start at 5 p.m. Alicia Rule (D) and Tawsha (Dykstra) Thompson are running for the position 1 seat. A 42nd Legislative District representative 2 forum will start at 6:15 p.m. Joe Timmons (D) and Dan Johnson (R) are running for the position 2 seat. 

Starting 6 p.m. Tuesday, October 18, LWV will host a forum on the children’s initiative levy-lid lift, or Whatcom County Proposition 5. The proposition would increase the regular property tax levy by 19 cents per $1,000 of assessed valuation for 10 years, according to measure. The levy would generate $8.2 million annually for early learning programs, childcare and support for vulnerable children such as those experiencing housing insecurity. 

The forums will be held via Zoom and can be accessed through the LWV website at bit.ly/3xuYsEO. LWV is also encouraging voters to submit questions they want candidates to answer online at bit.ly/3DwpM9n. Forum recordings will be available for those who are unable to attend on the LWV website and the city of Bellingham’s YouTube channel, bit.ly/3NaSjTi.

LWV is a national nonpartisan organization founded in 1920 that encourages everyone, regardless of gender, to participate in government. 


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