Candidate Statements


Silver Beach Candidate Statements



Dan Pike

Bellingham is a good place with the ingredients to be great.  Achieving greatness requires elected officials who can build consensus and implement shared visions.  I’m the candidate who’s repeatedly demonstrated those skills.  My experience includes fishing and dock work, results-focused political advocacy, as well as managing a $500 million project—with dozens of public and private partners—from dream to delivery.  I have a BA from Huxley, and a Master’s from Harvard.  Join me in moving Bellingham forward to a stronger economy and a cleaner environment.  Please visit my website——for much more information.  Let’s improve Bellingham together!

Dan McShane Bio and Statement

 I’m a geologist, a business owner and a proven leader. I’ve served two terms on the Whatcom County council and in that time brought successfully brought forward more than twenty ordinances to protect Lake Samish, Lake Whatcom and farmland. I protected basic services and reduced spending.

I’m running for Mayor to implement neighborhood planning that keeps the character of our neighborhoods intact while planning for quality redevelopment, to take the lead on solutions for Lake Whatcom and to bring fiscal accountability to City Hall. Working with you I will lead Bellingham forward with energy, vision and a commitment to solutions.

Damon J. Gray

I am a 16 year resident of Bellingham, married, with five children, living in the Alabama Hill neighborhood.  As a leader in the software development industry, my daily task is to find creative, cost-effective solutions to difficult problems.   As your representative, I will bring that same creative skill to the challenges Bellingham faces, asking tough questions, and requiring the best efforts that our professional staff, aided by public input, can provide.  Working together, we will create intelligent, balanced solutions that are in step our community's goals, from maintaining public safety and economic prosperity, to managing change and protecting the environment.


Stan Snapp

I seek Ward 4’s Council position to protect what’s best in Bellingham.  I have the leadership skills and conviction to actually make watershed protection Bellingham’s highest priority.  My focus is:

·         Keeping our drinking water safe

·         Ensuring responsible growth through active neighborhood involvement

·         Requiring fiscally responsible government

I’ve lived here 40 years, served 25 years as a Bellingham firefighter, and on numerous community boards; United Way, North Coast Credit Union, and Parks Master Plan Committee.  I’ve chaired the local Red Cross chapter, Greenways and the Watershed Advisory Board, and currently serve on the Parks Boards.