Theoretically, there should be a ballot arriving in your mailbox soon. I have yet to see one appear in my mailbox yet, but the auditor’s office assures me they are out there. Somewhere.
Anyway, I thought I should share a few recommendations for this election. There are really only two races that have something worthwhile going on in the primary this year; the race to fill Rep. Jason Overstreet’s state representative position and Public Utility District.
For State Representative, we have four very different candidates running. There is Luanne Van Werven, the former Republican party chair with an extreme record on social issues. We have Bill Knutzen, the affable former County Councilman who recently received the endorsement of the Lummi Nation, surprising many people across the political spectrum. Readers of this blog are familiar with Nicholas Kunkel, running as a Libertarian who has made a colorful splash this year, raising awareness about Libertarian values.
Finally, we have Satpal Sidhu, former Dean of Engineering at Bellingham Technical College, business owner (LyndenBerry, Spice Hut) and a job creator.
Obviously, my descriptions tip my hand a bit but for me the choice is abundantly clear. Kunkel would make a fascinating representative and Knutzen would do an alright job but Satpal Sidhu would excel as a State Representative.
Sidhu brings a wealth of technical knowledge and policy experience. His efforts on Workforce Development have been exceptional, connecting displaced workers with real wage earning skills. Obviously, he and I share a political perspective but beyond that, his expertise puts him head and shoulders above the competition.
For Public Utility District, vote Bob Burr. The Public Utility District is about to be at the center of a maelstrom of criticism as the pressure over water rights increases and the looming Gateway Pacific project prepares to hoover up every drop of spare water (and some we can’t spare) in this county.
Burr has been a passionate voice for the people. While I don’t always agree with his tactics, he has always labored for the people to protect the commons – those resources that belong to the general public. I trust him completely as our next Public Utility District commissioner.
Obviously, there are a few more races on the ballot but these are the most important this round. Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below.