Welcome to the League of Women Voters of Bellingham/Whatcom County! 

The League of Women Voters is a non-partisan political organization encouraging informed and active participation in government. It influences public policy through education and advocacy. 

We do not support or oppose any candidates for office or political parties. We want everyone to vote so our elected leaders represent our entire community. We are a voice for all, working to connect people directly with government. We provide and work from facts. We educate. We advocate for change. 

What’s Happening/News of LWBWC

LWVBWC Presents:

LWVBWC 2016 Election Forums

The Presidential race is on all our minds, but local and state elections, as well as issues and initiatives, will be on the ballot this fall too. Join us for the following great election forums, hosted by the LWVBWC and the City of Bellingham. As you may know from attending our earlier primary election forums, the League works hard to present informative, thoughtful forums that focus on our community. Each event will be moderated by a LWVBWC member, and attendees may submit written questions to the candidates and ballot issue spokespersons. Please join us and learn more about the candidates and ideas that will appear on your ballot this fall.

The events will be televised and streamed live, then rebroadcast on BTV10, the City's public access channel. The forums will also be available on demand at the City's website and here on our site (each forum title is linked to YouTube video). Radio stations KMRE-LP and KAVZ-LP will also rebroadcast the audio of the forums. The Bellingham Herald is the media partner for these forums. 

Forum 1: Saturday, October 15th, 9:30-11:30am

  • 1st District US Congressional Representative Candidates: Suzan DelBene & Robert Sutherland

  • 2nd District US Congressional Representative Candidates: Marc Hennemann & Rick Larsen

  • City of Bellingham Greenways Levy

  • Whatcom County EMS Levy

If you missed our first forum, you can view it here.


Forum 2: Tuesday, October 18th, 6:30-8:30pm

  • 40th Legislative District State Senate Candidates: Daniel Miller & Kevin Ranker

  • 42nd Legislative District State Representative, Position 1 Candidates: Sharlaine LaClair & Luanne Van Werven

  • 42nd Legislative District State Representative, Position 2 Candidates: Tracy Atwood & Vincent Buys

If you missed our second forum, you can view it here.

Forum 3: Saturday, October 22nd, 9:30-11:30am
Pro & Con Debate on State Ballot Issues

  • Initiative 732: Carbon Consumption Tax. Concerning reducing specific state taxes and creating a carbon tax.

  • Initiative 1433: Raise-Up Washington. Concerning raising the state minimum wage.

  • Initiative 1464: Government Accountability. Concerning campaign finance reform, disclosure and enforcement, and creation of a public campaign financing program.

If you missed this forum, you can view it here.

For more information about any of these forums, please contact the League at info@lwvbellinghamwhatcom.org. 

Your League is Working for You

Advocacy in our community is one of the roles of the League of Women Voters. After research, study, and deliberation among committee members, followed by Board review, the League will write letters and advocate in support of certain policies or actions. This advocacy work is based on the underlying principles and positions adopted by the League at the local, state, and national level. 

Two letters have been submitted recently by the LWVBWC. The first addresses proposed amendments to Chapter 2 of Whatcom County's Comprehensive Plan, "Land Use," and can be found HERE

The second relates to issues of equity and inclusion in the City of Bellingham's Comprehensive Plan. The LWVBWC urges the Bellingham City Council, and the Planning & Community Development Department to ensure that issues of equity and inclusion are emphasized in the Comprehensive Plan’s introduction, the Land Use Chapter, and woven throughout the document. Our letter to the City of Bellingham can be found HERE.

The League's Vote411 is your one-stop resource for all things election!

Want to find out where the candidates stand? Compare candidates on the issues? Find out who is running in your district? Visit the League of Women Voters' Vote411 page here to find candidates running to represent YOU in 2016.