S1E1 “Talk of the Town: Bellingham’s 2019 Mayoral Race”

You can get more information about registering to vote in Washington State here: https://www.sos.wa.gov/elections/register.aspx

Learn more about the candidates at their respective websites, https://sethfleetwood.com/ and https://www.aprilbarker.com/

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  • Whether you’re excited about it or not, Bellingham is changing and growing every day.
  • Whatcom county is expected to gain at least another 70,000 people by the time this baby graduates high school.*
  • In the last 9 years our city has increased by 10,000 people*
  • The county’s comprehensive plan is expecting Bellingham alone to get another 25,000 people by 2036.
  • And as voters, we’ve got a few questions about the next 20 years.
  • Like: what will our jobs look like?
  • How sustainable will we be?
  • What will our housing options look like?
  • In 20 years, what will our community look like?
  • We’ll have to be ready to adapt to whatever the rest of our county, state, or country are doing. Let’s make sure we are ready for that.
  • In Bellingham’s last contested mayoral election, only 24,811 votes were cast.*
  • Just in case you weren’t planning on voting in this election, let me break this down for you. In the last presidential election, 138 million  people voted.*
  • That means your vote is, no joke, 5,000 times stronger in this upcoming mayoral election than it was in the last presidential election.
  • Sometimes it’s hard to understand what a factor of 5,000 really is—it’s a big number. Let me put it into real-world terms. If you’re making $15/hour, taking home about $31,200 annual salary. If you got a raise by a factor of 5,000, you’d be making $75,000/hour or 3 million dollars a week or 156 million a year. So yeah, that’s a big number!
  • Just a little more election history, back in 2011 when Mayor Kelli Linville beat Daniel Pike and became mayor, she only won by 151 votes.
  • Last February, our mayor Kelli Linville announced she won’t be running for another term. On November 5th we get to choose our next mayor.
  • The person who will be the head of our city’s executive branch, have over 900 city workers, and oversee a 600 million dollar budget—
  • —and be the new face of our town.
  • So, get registered to vote!
  • You can do it online, right now. All you need is a Washington state driver’s license or ID. Check the link in the description, or you can literally just Google “register to vote in Whatcom County”
  • It’s free!
  • Now, I’m not going to tell you how to vote, but it’s important to remember why we vote. We vote because we get to decide who’s best suited to get us where we want to go.
  • But before we can know that, first we have to know:
  • Where can we go? Why aren’t we there yet? And, how long will it take us to get there?
  • So, Seth and April, where do you want to take Bellingham?
  • Why aren’t we there already?
  • And how long will these plans take?

Sources: https://www.cob.org/Documents/planning/urban-villages/downtown/2019-downtown-survey-report.pdf | https://wa-whatcomcounty.civicplus.com/DocumentCenter/View/24081/Chapter-1-intro?bidId= | https://guides.libraries.psu.edu/post-election-2016/voter-turnout | http://results.vote.wa.gov/results/20111108/whatcom/

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