VOTE TO REJECT PROPOSITION 1 TO PROTECT YOUR RIGHT TO VOTE FOR ALL OF YOUR ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES.
VOTE TO APPROVE PROPOSITION 9 TO PRESERVE FAIR ELECTIONS BY PROVIDING FIVE FAIR AND EQUAL COUNTY COUNCIL DISTRICTS.
The seven members of the Whatcom County Council have one of the most important votes on the proposal to build North America's largest coal terminal at the Cherry Point Aquatic Reserve. Following the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) currently being prepared, the County Council will cast the only local vote on whether or not to build the coal terminal project.
In 2013, Whatcom County voters rejected the four candidates heavily funded by the coal industry.
But the coal industry isn't taking "no" for an answer. In 2014, they funded candidates for the Whatcom County Charter Review Commission, and now their Commissioners are trying to change the way we elect our local officials with Proposition 1, splitting up voters with district-only voting, so they might ensure a pro-coal majority on the County Council for the next decade.
Proposition 1 is an attempt to guarantee local approval for the coal export terminal at Cherry Point. Proposition 9 for five fair and equal districts prevents a coal industry take over by providing fair representation for everyone.
click here to read how Charter Review Commissioners made this connection their own words.
Here's what District-Only Voting (Proposition 1) will do:
REJECT PROPOSITION 1 TO PROTECT YOUR RIGHT TO VOTE FOR ALL OF YOUR ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES.
Proposition 9 was placed on the ballot after Whatcom County residents like you collected 2,100 signatures demanding the County Council take action. After an exhaustive public hearing with lopsided testimony in favor of putting this option on the ballot, the Whatcom County Council voted 6-1 to add a reasonable alternative to the partisan extremist proposal from the obscure Charter Review Commission.
Proposition 9 preserves fair elections and provides better representation by creating five fair and equal County Council districts.
VOTE TO APPROVE PROPOSITION 9 FOR FIVE FAIR AND EQUAL COUNTY COUNCIL DISTRICTS.
PRESERVE FAIR ELECTIONS.
PROVIDE BETTER REPRESENTATION.
The people of Whatcom County -- just like you!
Countless current and former local elected officials have endorsed the proposal for five fair and equal districts. Unlike the district-only voting campaign, our ballot measure committee has taken NO money from established political parties or out-of-state financial interests. RE Sources's campaign for five fair and equal districts is volunteer powered and 100% locally funded.
See for yourself -- click here to read our filings with the Public Disclosure Commission. Our contributors are people like you: small businesses, local elected officials, and individual supporters located right here in Whatcom County who are concerned about the future of their community.
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