Looking back on yesterday’s lively exchanges in this space on the Bellingham mayor’s race and the Gateway Pacific Terminal issue, one thing strikes me: Partisans of both Mayor Dan Pike and challenger Kelli Linville seem to have convinced themselves that this election contest is a battle between good and evil.
Having gotten to know both candidates to some extent, I would have to say that after the ballots have been counted, Bellingham city government will be headed by an experienced, committed and competent person. Both candidates have their strengths and their foibles. Neither one is likely to bring disaster to Bellingham.
Here’s the video of the City Council meeting of Jan. 10, 2011–Dan Pike’s state of the city address. Start watching at 18:05. This was about two months before Linville announced her candidacy.