Request an absentee ballot for the Conservation District election by February 9, 2015. Click on the link right now and and get it done!
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The biggest little election you've never heard of:
Whatcom Conservation District

Maybe you've heard of Conservation Districts, created after the Dust Bowl of the 1930's to help land managers with their conservation choices. They work directly with landowners and farmers in Whatcom County to protect our soil and water for generations. Joy Monjure, recently a candidate for 42nd Legislative District Representative, is running for a seat on our local conservation district, and she needs your help to get elected. Read the message below on why she's running.

The "supervisors" of the Whatcom Conservation District are elected by the voters of Whatcom County, but you'll never see a ballot unless you ask for one. Because of budget constraints, they don't run a regular election.

Here's how you can help Joy win a seat on the Conservation District Board:
  1. You must request an absentee ballot by February 9, 2015 by 4pm. Click on the link right now and and get it done!
  2. A ballot will then be sent to you after February 9th.
  3. Mark your ballot and returned it to WCD or post marked no later than March 10, 2015 by 6pm.  You can vote in person on March 10, 2015 at the Whatcom Conservation office on Hannegan Road, but voting absentee is easier.

A Message from Joy Monjure

2014 was a year to remember. My campaign for 42nd Legislative District Rep. created an opportunity to learn so much more about our community, meet many concerned, caring, kind neighbors and make wonderful new friends. I also learned a lot about myself through this process. Even though it was extremely stressful at times, I discovered that I have the ability to influence others and perhaps affect positive change in this community that I love so much.

So, I am jumping in again this spring and running for a Supervisor position with the Whatcom Conservation District. I have worked with the District many times over the past 30 years in my former job with the City of Bellingham, as a member of the Everson City Council and as a local land owner. It is a well-run and important Whatcom County resource. You're probably asking why this election is important and why do I want to run?

Whatcom County faces several natural resource challenges that threaten our health, culture, economy, and quality of life. We’ve made progress towards salmon recovery, but still have a long way to go to improve habitat conditions.  Shellfish harvest areas continue to close due to worsening water quality. The impacts of climate change, including warmer temperatures and more extreme weather events are expected to drive a significant migration of “climate refugees” to the Pacific Northwest. This growth has the potential to degrade our natural systems and change the very character of our community.
 
Conservation Districts are a unique form of non-regulatory government. They match local resource needs with technical and financial resources to help landowners with “on-the-ground” conservation projects. With a network of 45 conservation districts operating locally across the state, the Washington State Conservation Commission (SCC) and partner districts are well positioned to lead resource conservation efforts. Conservation district staff has both the technical expertise to ensure quality work and the local knowledge needed to build trusting relationships with landowners.
 
Joy Monjure
PO Box 505
Everson, WA 98247
360-303-7391
EMAIL JOY and offer your assistance



 

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