Wednesday, April 27, 2016 Tim Johnson
FIVE FAVOR FIVE: The Gristle was optimistic in thinking there would be consensus in the effort to draw five new voting districts for Whatcom County elections. After all, representatives from the Democrats and the Republicans had already agreed on the shape of the coastal district that would include Blaine, Birch Bay, and Ferndale; and they’d agreed on shapes for Bellingham districts that closely followed the contours of city limits. That’s three out of five districts; and the particular point of contention remaining was whether an incorporated city would be included in the district that includes the Foothills and Lake Whatcom—and there appeared willing flexibility on that matter by committee members. But optimism appears to have won out over cynicism, because the five-member committee did in fact unanimously agree last week to a final map to send to the County Auditor in charge of elections.
Theirs was a curious proceeding. […]