Transition Whatcom (TW) is an exciting grassroots project aimed at social change. I was one of the original organizers of the group and am the only member who transferred to the Transition Whatcom Operating Group (TWOG) last year. Since we started TW, we have inspired many people to make positive changes in their lives by looking seriously at the threats caused by climate change, peak oil, and economic instability. As time has passed, these threats continue to show up in significant ways.
Last fall when Warren Miller suggested each TWOG take responsibility for a specific focus, I volunteered for government relations. As I discussed TW with local elected officials who were supportive of our concerns, I began to wonder what our county might look like if the county executive was supportive as well. I started to consider running for the position, but I faltered, questioning whether it was worth the effort. Then I realized how much faster TW could impact our community if it were supported from the top, from a governmental framework, as it continued to grow and function as a grassroots movement. I became excited about running when I realized the office of County Executive could not only support TW, but had the potential to make significant differences. We would have the political clout to move local citizens away from a consumptive, destructive lifestyle and into a more resilient local economy. Wow! Being County Executive could bring real momentum to the TW effort. The possibilities are very exciting.
The problem is that I first need to get elected. We are on the eve of the primary election and I need your help to get the vote out in my favor. So, to my friends in the TW network, please vote for me when your ballots come in the mail next week. I also hope you will tell all your friends to vote for me. Ballots are being mailed the end of this week and must be returned by Aug 16th. Please help me get out the vote.
Another easy way to help is through email. My campaign will be sending out an email flyer soon, seeking voter support. If you are willing to participate in this email push—sending my flyer to people in your address book—please send me a note at Tomxyza@comcast.net and I will see that you receive a copy of the email flyer. Finally, my campaign is currently being out-spent and I do need money for a mailer and more signs, so contributions are most welcome. You can find donation instructions on my website at http://www.tomforwhatcom.com/donate.html. If you have any campaign questions please feel free to contact me. Tom Anderson 739-1968