Speculation included claims that the board would vote in favor of both mandatory detainment for people who are not vaccinated against COVID-19 and mandatory vaccinations for school children.
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The Councilmembers voted 4 to 2 in favor of the appointment.
State legislators passed an initiative in 2019 to end the ban on affirmative action, but voters blocked the initiative in 2020.
“it’s clear that [this aggravated classification] was targeted at gangs that were predominately young and Black."
This means the district will be without a state senator when the Washington State Legislature starts its 2022 session on Jan. 10.
"The President’s declaration will make federal funding available to Whatcom County, along with the Lummi Nation and Nooksack Indian Tribe after the devastating floods and landslides."
A special meeting of the Whatcom County Council is scheduled for January 4th with the sole purpose of selecting an appointee.
“As an employer, the state of Washington is following the law and will have to begin collecting money from state employee paychecks as of January 1st.”
Ericksen was born and raised in Whatcom County and had been serving in elected positions in Olympia since 1998.