In the Media
Bellingham Herald: Satpal Sidhu running for Whatcom County executive to end divisiveness over key issues
Political divisiveness frustrates Whatcom County Council member Satpal Sidhu, and he’s making it a key issue of his campaign for county executive. “We all know that we are better than the politics of today. We have more in common than what divides us,” Sidhu said in an interview with the Bellingham Herald. He said the county’s top issues — housing, water, a new jail — have pitted residents against one another for too long. Read full article here.
Cascadia Weekly: Election Elucidations
This one is a no-brainer. The exceptionally qualified Satpal Sidhu has experience as a business owner, business executive, exporter, project manager, college dean, as well as experience on the county council. Sidhu holds degrees in business, physics, math and engineering. He is, moreover, a man of calm wisdom and the highest personal integrity. Read full article here.
The uptick in vandalism took on a more sinister aspect last week with the destruction of a campaign sign for County Executive candidate Satpal Sidhu near the Valley View Road and Birch Bay Lynden Road that rose to the level of a hate crime.
“During the election season, the Sheriff’s office sometimes receives complaints regarding the vandalism or theft of campaign signs,” Sheriff Bill Elfo told the Bellingham Herald. Elfo admitted that even one of his own campaign signs had been recently destroyed. “However, in this instance, the clear message is one of hate and attempted intimidation. We have classified and are investigating this matter as a hate crime,” Elfo said. Read full article here.
Bellingham Herald: Campaign sign vandalism ‘clear message … of hate and attempted intimidation,’ sheriff says
In answering a question about racism at Wednesday’s forum, Sidhu discussed bias and bigotry in general terms and then announced that one of his signs had been defaced again, this time with a racial slur and bullet holes. There were audible gasps in the room with about 200 people in attendance, followed by silence. “I was born in India and I’ve served on the County Council for five years,” he told the audience. “That is a sign that Whatcom County is not racist. But racism does exist.” Read full article here
Bellingham Herald: In Bellingham, six new ways to say ‘welcome’ to immigrants and celebrate unity
“Welcome” in six new languages will soon be added to the Arch of Healing and Reconciliation, a granite monument that honors the sacrifices and contributions of Whatcom County’s immigrants. “This is a celebration of our diversity and recognizing there are people from so many different places, so many different languages, so many cultures in America. It is a symbol of our diversity and our unity,” Sidhu said. Read full article here
Bellingham Herald: Whatcom County executive candidates offer support to one vote leader on day 2 of count
In an interview Wednesday with The Bellingham Herald, Sidhu said he talked with Burke and Boyle after the initial ballot count Tuesday night, and he said he expected their support for the November campaign. Boyle offered his “full support” to Sidhu in an interview Wednesday with The Herald. “I want to thank my supporters,” Boyle said. “It was a remarkable experience and we’re thankful to everyone we got to know along the way.”
In an email, Burke thanked those who voted for her and worked on her campaign, saying she was “honored and humbled” by the experience. “I spoke to Satpal last night to wish him well and offer my support and endorsement,” said Burke, who is executive director of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Services. Read full article here
With both the county executive and Bellingham mayor incumbents retiring, the races are open to new candidates. Satpal Sidhu is without question the most qualified for the executive office of our county. He is on the county council and has been very active in local issues and organizations. He is considered progressive by most but also seen as someone who works well with conservatives. Read full article here.
Most prominent of those who have expressed early interest in the office of County Executive is Satpal Sidhu, the genial and practical County Council member and former dean of engineering at Bellingham Technical College. Sidhu brings the county’s legislative efforts strongly to the executive’s office, where they have at times met resistance—particularly in the areas of water resource management and response to fossil fuels and climate change. Yet he is a pragmatist on these issues. Read full article here.
The proposal to cut back on ferry service is short-sided, Whatcom County Council Member Satpal Sidhu told The Western Front. Federal involvement in maintaining the routes is necessary if Alaska wants to balance its deficit, he noted. “If an I-5 bridge fails and we put federal and state money into it as everybody goes crazy—how come this bridge is falling and nobody is paying attention to that?” Sidhu said. “It’s just like another bridge on the highway.” Read full article here.
“During my tenure as a councilmember, I have engaged in fruitful conversations with people of all walks of life – from hardworking union members and tireless farmers to young students and tribal elders, whose history here goes back hundreds of generations,” said Sidhu. “And I have educated myself on the issues impacting their lives. Regardless of where you come from, I hear a common theme: we love this area and we want a better future for our children and grandchildren.” Read full article here.
“It’s clearly very impressive that this county elected a guy named Satpal Sidhu,” Whatcom County Council Member Donovan said. “Not just given the history of this place 100 years ago, but because of the contemporary challenges anyone from a visibly distinct minority community has running for public office.” His patient role on the council, many locals say, has burnished his place as a community leader, particularly among minority groups. Read full article here.