It was a drizzly evening on Thursday June 21 when the Whatcom County Democrats assembled for their monthly meeting at the Sons of Norway Hall off State & Champion Street in Bellingham. Walking into the room the mood was frenzied as candidates swarmed around voters to garner support for their campaigns. Many of the volunteers phone-banked for weeks prior to the meeting to remind Democrats to come and vote for a candidate to endorse. Phone and Email blasts reached over 7,000 voters, I personally received at least 3 phone calls to request my support.
In the front of the hall were tables of literature, buttons and enthusiastic greeters. BBQ dinner was served and the atmosphere in the Norway Hall was one of a rock concert - loud and stiffling hot making the audience feel a bit restless and uncomfortable. Discomfort aside, the impassioned speeches of the candidates seeking endorsement enveloped the room.
Darcy Burner won the nomination by a 75% vote.