I like Lloyd Zimmerman. I’m voting for him for Port of Bellingham Commissioner. I’ve gotten to know him over the last year and a half, not super-well, but well enough to want to support his candidacy, and to call him a friend.
He’s not afraid to take a stand for something he believes in, or take a stand against something he thinks is wrong.
He cares about our natural resources and environment, and wants to preserve those.
He did/does not support the proposed coal terminal at Cherry Point. As a Ferndale City Council member in 2013, Lloyd joined the Leadership Alliance Against Coal. The coalition was comprised of leaders of city governments and tribal nations across the Pacific Northwest which opposed coal trains and coal exports. The Leadership Alliance Against Coal worked to raise awareness about the harmful economic, environmental, cultural, and health impacts of exporting coal, and the transportation of that coal throughout the Pacific Northwest. The leaders who joined that coalition took action to protect their communities, and for that, I’m thankful.
Meanwhile, the mayor of Ferndale, Gary Jensen, has been the poster boy for GPT. I’m glad that Lloyd Zimmerman was not afraid to take a stand with other leaders who understood the ramifications and the damage that would accompany a 48 million ton per year coal export terminal, and the other coal export terminals proposed in our region.
If you take at look at some of the people who make up Lloyd Zimmerman’s circle of friends, you can see right away it is a mix of people from various walks of life. And, I think calling it a “circle” of friends is probably a good way to describe that because those people that are in that circle, can all fit together because Lloyd is the common denominator. He brings people together with his positive and out of the box thinking.
I think he would make a great Port Commissioner because he sees our beautiful natural surroundings here in our county, and he wants to preserve, protect, and enrich them–he sees that as our legacy, our responsibility–just as the Lummi Nation and the Nooksack Indian Tribe do.
Bobby Briscoe sounds like he has some good support behind him too, so it would be great if it turned out to be Lloyd and Bobby Briscoe winning in the primary. Whatever happens though, I don’t want Gary Jensen elected to Port Commissioner, or any elected office.