Bellingham Mayor

Over nearly three decades, WCV has worked to ensure our endorsement is a clear sign to voters that any candidate who has earned this designation will fight to ensure all people in Washington state have a healthy place to live, a strong economy, and a protected environment. We have a rigorous vetting process and don’t decide to endorse lightly. While there are many candidates who have environmental credentials running for Bellingham Mayor, there are two candidates that stand out and earned WCV endorsements as the best candidates to protect our environment and take on the climate crisis.

April Barker is prioritizing climate justice in her campaign and understands the connection between affordable housing, transportation, healthy communities, and the environment. Working as a middle school teacher, she was elected in 2015 to the Bellingham City Council and made combating climate change a centerpiece of her campaign. As mayor, she would challenge Bellingham to set bold goals to combat climate change and be a leader for clean energy.

Pinky Vargas is calling for Bellingham to be a leader on environmental solutions and has the background voters can trust to get the job done as mayor. Through her work with Puget Sound Energy, she has a deep knowledge of water and energy efficiency programs, and was even given PSE’s 2017 Energy Award for her work. Pinky’s commitment to her community and finding solutions is clear from her time on the City Council where she made water quality a centerpiece of her work and fought for improvements to the state’s toxic clean up law.

Voters would be served well by both of these candidates. To learn more about the candidates visit their websites: April Barker: and Pinky Vargas:

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