Since our robust debate on coal trains and the mayor’s race seems to be in danger of dying down, here’s a new provocation for both sides–a press release from Kelli Linville:
(Begin press release) Bellingham mayoral candidate Kelli Linville has been consistent about her stance on coal from day one. She does not support exporting coal or any other non-renewable natural resource. She does not now nor has she ever supported a coal terminal at Cherry Point.
Her opponent has released a new campaign piece that implies she supports a coal pier.
“Dan Pike’s campaign has paid for and distributed a doorbell piece that has taken my comments about the Gateway Pacific terminal out of context,” Linville said. “I have worked against exporting and burning coal for many years. Misrepresentation of facts does not serve the public, and what my opponent is doing is dividing our community.
“Our next mayor will be faced with an exhaustive number of questions that must be answered so our downtown and waterfront will be redeveloped and jobs created, our drinking water source will be protected and our neighborhoods will retain their character while meeting our affordable housing, growth and safety goals.
“The Gateway Pacific project is a critical issue, and the public needs to stay involved. I will vigorously ensure that we are engaged in the scoping and permitting process from beginning to end to ensure our interests are represented.”
(End Press Release)
As some of you noted in the previous post, Riley Sweeney has a blog entry on Political Junkie that includes a picture of the doorknob literature that Linville is incensed about. Sweeney also offers critical commentary.