The ink barely dry on his appointment and already new Councilman Dan Hammill has a potential challenger for his seat. Roxanne Murphy, elected to the Bellingham City Council at-large seat in 2013, is considering filing for the Ward 3 position this upcoming year.
Murphy currently lives in the 3rd Ward and winning that race would ensure that she only needs to run once every four years, rather than the rapid two year terms of the At Large seat.
Hammill was appointed, unanimously, to the City Council last month to fill out the remainder of Cathy Lehman’s term which expires this year. He is planning to run for election this year, setting off a potential showdown between Hammill and Murphy.
Murphy confirmed that she is considering the seat switch but has not made a firm decision.
An interesting side effect, this would leave the At Large seat wide open for anyone within the city limits who wishes to run. Let the wild speculation begin!