Okay, a slight abuse of the “Breaking News” headline but yes, it is official: Kelli Linville is running for her second term as Mayor of Bellingham. In an email to supporters, she cited some of her accomplishments during these last three years,
We worked with the Port to get a waterfront plan adopted. We’ve partnered with Whatcom County to resolve our 911 emergency management system, to establish a county-wide emergency coordination center, and to create with our councils a strategy to protect and clean Lake Whatcom.
Currently, no one else has declared or even expressed any interest in running for mayor. Although I have hassled Michael Lilliquist as a “suspected mayoral candidate” for sometime now, he has been pretty adamant at refusing to take the bait. If Linville wins, she will be the first mayor of Bellingham to win reelection in over a decade (since Mark Asmundson won his second reelection campaign in 2003).
I was able to interview Linville on Tuesday and as part of that interview, asked about her plans for reelection and some of the thorny issues she currently faces as mayor. Stay tuned for that interview on Saturday.