Full disclosure: I am very proud to say that I am one of Joy Monjure’s campaign advisors.
If Satpal Sidhu’s kickoff was all about fresh ideas from a smart man, Joy Monjure’s was all about the depth of connection she has with this community. Joy Monjure is running against incumbent Rep. Vincent Buys in the 42nd Legislative District and on Thursday over 200 people packed into Bellewood Acres to donate and support her campaign.
Monjure, a lifelong sustainable farming advocate, owns a farm stand in Everson and sports a deep career of community involvement. She has been an Everson City Councilwoman and Everson/Nooksack Chamber of Commerce president, was involved in the Whatcom Council of Governments and worked on water issues with the City of Bellingham for over two decades. She started the Whatcom Food and Farm finder and started the Procession of the Species in Bellingham.
The attendees of her kickoff showcased this wide base of support. Everyone I talked to had some story of a time they had worked with Monjure, or tackled some problem and she helped them out. Rep. Kris Lytton did the introduction, and shared her excitement about Monjure’s agricultural experience. “The first year I sat on the agricultural committee, I was the only woman there. It would be great to have Joy there, fighting for Whatcom County.”
Monjure shared her hesitation about running since it would mean losing time with her grandchildren, “But then I realized that is exactly why I have to do this.” She laid out the three planks of her platform; farms, families and the future. She talked about the importance of a sensible plan for water in our community and the need to fully fund education.
Her criticism of her opponent was mild, suiting her upbeat style, but she did point out that, “Not passing a transportation budget doesn’t help anyone, we need to start investing in our infrastructure.”
Pete Kremen closed out the event, making the ask and highlighting his role, thirty years ago, in unseating a deeply religious opponent by running a vigorous campaign. You can find out more about Joy Monjure here.