Local elections are over with most of the ballots counted.
In Whatcom County coal was the big looser.
With the passage of Charter Amendment #9 which moved the County from a three district system to a five district system. How this undermines coal interests is that it prevents a minority take over scheme pushed by the local GOP. Coal interests put about $100,000 into the County Charter amendment races and they needed to win #1, #2 and #3 and defeat #9 and #10. While they did win # 1, #2 and #3, those wins are empty without also defeating #9 and #10.
Details of the amendments are presented below:
Coal also lost in that the two council members elected are not likely to be coal supporters. […]