Tag: 1st District
When 1st Congressional District congressional candidate Laura Ruderman visited Whatcom County in January, she acknowledged that she was still pondering the complexities of the proposed Gateway Pacific Terminal coal port at Cherry Point. Now, she seems to be leaning cautiously toward the project.
Her January comments can be reviewed in our blog post here.
In a recent visit to Whatcom County, she sat down with Political Junkie Riley Sweeney and offered a slightly different take. She says she supports construction of an export terminal at the deep-water site, and coal exports could be a way to get the job done. But she also tells Sweeney, “I hope we can find a different way to get it built.”
In other 1st District news, 40th District State Sen. Kevin Ranker has endorsed a fellow Senator, Steve Hobbs, for the redrawn 1st District seat that now includes almost all of Whatcom County outside the city of Bellingham. Here’s Ranker’s statement, contained in a press release from the Hobbs camp:
“I strongly support Steve Hobbs for Congress. Having served in the legislature with Steve and gotten to know him personally, I know he will fight for equality, justice and the protection of our needy while maintaining a true commitment to his fiscally conservative roots and creating efficiencies,” Ranker said. “Senator Steve Hobbs will be an excellent member of Congress who will represent the new 1stcongressional district extremely well.”
The race for the open Congressional seat in the 1st District, which includes most of Whatcom County outside Bellingham, is heating up fast.
Earlier this week, Democrat Darcy Burner released poll results showing her with a commanding lead among voters in her party.
On Tuesday, Jan. 31, rival Democrat Suzan DelBene issued a press release saying she has raised more than $122,000 in campaign contributions since she announced her candidacy Jan. 12. The press release suggests that this compares favorably with the slightly larger $127,875 sum that Burner has raised in the two months she has been campaigning.
At this point, I am aware of only two visits to Whatcom County by 1st District Democratic hopefuls: Burner and Laura Ruderman, who is also a former Microsoft executive.
If anyone else slipped across the county line without checking in with the Bellingham Herald politics blog, let me know.