To my fine readers across the political spectrum:
I wanted to let you know that I have been offered, and accepted, the position of Ferndale city clerk, and my last day at The Bellingham Herald will be January 7.
The job is contingent on the Ferndale City Council approving my contract during a December 20 meeting. As of now, I will no longer be covering Ferndale for this newspaper. Editors here are determining how to handle government and political coverage — including the future of this blog — as the days go on.
It’s been an absolute pleasure as the reporter who got to be a part of this great experiment here on the Politics Blog, and I truly treasure the community conversations that have developed over the years. We have people from all walks of life, touching on every political philosophy here. The Average Joe chats with local elected officials, and I got to spend some time refereeing rather interesting debates.
This move wasn’t taken lightly, and I know this is a major change both professionally and for my family. But I made the decision without hesitation, and I’m truly excited to serve the community in a different way than I did as a journalist. I’m also excited about being able to be more a part of the community. As a reporter I took my ethical obligations very seriously, and so being able to be civically involved, honestly, will be something new for me.
We’ve had an amazing journey here. We raised $1,500 for the Friendly Visitors Program in the county, which connects volunteers with seniors who need someone in their lives. You all were massively supportive when our baby boy, Wesley, spent three weeks in Seattle Children’s Hospital, a time that pulled me away from this blog and election coverage. I truly appreciated all the support.
Thank you again to all of you, and more information will be posted as I learn it.