Earlier this summer, Councilmember Roxanne Murphy announced her resignation from the Bellingham City Council. This initiated an appointment process to fill the vacancy. The council will meet on Monday, October 1st to hear from the applicants and vote to appoint an interim council member who will serve out the remainder of the term, ending November 2019.
The Riveters Collective has, with input from a number of community groups, crafted a 10-question questionnaire as a way to collectively get to know the applicants. We are sharing the responses we received so that you can:
- Learn more about the applicants and their positions.
- Evaluate how well each applicant aligns with our platform.
- Email the Bellingham City Council and urge them to vote for the candidate you think would best represent you. You must do this before 6:00 pm Monday, Oct 1st.
Please note that we did not receive questionnaire responses from all applicants. It was difficult to share our questionnaire with all applicants because the city removed the contact info from their applications before posting them online. Click here to view the 12 responses we received.
You can view more information about all of the applicants, including those who did not complete our questionnaire, by going here and viewing the “special meeting packet”, linked in the Final Candidate Applications section.
Email contacts for Bellingham City Council (use individual emails AND group email for best results).
firstname.lastname@example.org (all 6 Council Members)
email@example.com (2nd ward) Gene Knutson
firstname.lastname@example.org (1st ward) April Barker
email@example.com (6th ward) Michael Lilliquist
firstname.lastname@example.org (4th ward) Pinky Vargas
email@example.com (5th ward) Terry Bornemann
firstname.lastname@example.org (3rd ward) Dan Hammill