By John Stark
If you only talked to Bellingham’s citizen activists, you would probably expect the Port of Bellingham commission expansion measure to pass handily. But the Port of Bellingham is really the port of Whatcom County, and the expansion measure is getting a 51 percent no vote as of now.
That margin is small enough to be in jeopardy as further votes are counted, but the chances of a reversal are rather small at this point.
The 42nd District House results may provide further evidence that Gateway Pacific Terminal is not as widely hated as some people believe. Opponents of the terminal turn out in impressive numbers for every public meeting on the issue, and they deride SSA Marine’s polls showing a majority of county residents favor the project.
But when 42nd District voters had the chance to vote for Matt Krogh, a prominent early critic of the terminal, they chose Vincent Buys instead, by a 54 percent margin. Not to say that this race was a referendum on a single issue, but it’s hard to see much evidence that opposition to the terminal is getting much traction outside Bellingham.