By Ralph Schwartz
We reported in today’s paper Bellingham City Council member Stan Snapp’s retirement announcement, effective at the end of this year. (He took the opportunity in his announcement to endorse Pinky Vargas as his replacement.)
We mentioned in passing that Snapp replaced Joan Beardsley. He was elected in November 2007. Beardsley died early that year.
In the interim, the City Council in April 2007 appointed former councilman Don Gischer to the Ward 4 seat. He served for seven months.
Strictly speaking, the chain of leadership in Ward 4 was Beardsley-Gischer-Snapp. Snapp was elected to replace Beardsley for a full term.
It was Gischer’s intent ever since his appointment to earn the seat before the voters in November, but he didn’t make it past August. He came in third in a three-way primary in August, right behind Damon Gray. Snapp won the primary and went on to defeat Gray in the general election.
And now you know … the rest of the story. Good day!