Clayton Petree has announced he will run for mayor of Bellingham, setting up a three-way race with incumbent Mayor Dan Pike and former state legislator Kelli Linville, who was anointed as the front-runner in the race even before she confirmed her candidacy.
Petree, 36, portrayed himself as an alternative to two other candidates who tend to share similar views.
“The only core difference between the two candidates who have offered themselves so far is gender,” Petree wrote in his announcement.
In a race featuring an incumbent mayor and a prominent former legislator, Petree might look like a longshot at best. But he said he isn’t running just to raise issues.
“I think I have a shot,” he said. “I’m running because I want to be mayor and I think I can do a good job.”
Among other things, he pledged to reexamine the city policy of spending millions on land in the Lake Whatcom Watershed.
He thinks that programs to transfer or purchase watershed development rights could be more productive.
He also indicated that he wants to make Bellingham more receptive to new and existing businesses.
He also pledged not to use yard signs, calling them “visual and environmental pollution.” He plans to distribute window signs to supporters instead.
More details will be available in print and online Saturday, March 19.