Richard May is a family man, business man,
and longtime Whatcom leader,
with the depth of countywide info and skills
to make impact in state government.


Richard May's Government and Community work:

( or you can click here for Richard Family & Personal background )


Richard May is currently serving as city council member for the city of Blaine, WA, where he has helped lead Blaine to find safe, cost effective ways to prosper and grow, even during pandemic restrictions. He is council liaison to the Chamber of Commerce.

Before that, Richard was Blaine Planning Commissioner for a decade, helping re-plan and re-design how Blaine's economic development could finally end many years of stagnation and get on track to new success.

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Other government and civic work Richard May has done:

Government:

  • Elected to Blaine City council with 75% of the vote.
  • Elected in 2015 to a one year Whatcom County position revising our county charter.
  • Two terms on Whatcom County permit appeals board.
  • Led or co-led the winning vote campaigns for the Whatcom County Library System , Blaine school bond, and a traffic safety initiative in Bellingham.
  • Appointed to the Whatcom Utilities Planning & Advisory Committee.
  • Served on Blaine Parks Board.

Attends state legislative sessions each year for over a decade, following bills, suggesting bill language, advocating issues to legislators and testifying in committee. In Whatcom, Richard learns the concerns of business, farmers, teachers, parents, working families, people of differing faith and culture groups, and keeps in touch with legislators all year.

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Business and work:

  • Owned two small restaurant businesses in Whatcom with a total of 20 employees.
  • Was president of the Everson Nooksack Chamber of Commerce.
  • Currently heads up regional operations for a major autographed memorabilia company.
  • Built / contracted home on vacant land (understands permits, trades and deadlines)

After graduating high school, earned culinary arts (chef) diploma, 1986. Worked in hospitality, and also webdesign, media & entertainment production & promotion. Also freelance tutor of language and music.

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Community Volunteering and Serving on Boards:

  • Board of directors, Communities in Schools Whatcom, a drop out prevention org.
  • Habitat for Humanity.
  • Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association.
  • Chair of Whatcom Libraries campaign PAC.
  • PSE's giveaway of energy saving lightbulbs.
  • Legislative captain for Sierra Club (Mount Baker Group chapter, Whatcom Skagit, San Juan).
  • Board of Blaine Community Theater, and performed at Haynie Grange.
  • Leadership Whatcom nine month civic training hosted by Bellingham Chamber of Commerce.
  • Hired day workers from the program at Lighthouse Mission.
  • Narrated 10 episodes of local radio historical Bellingham-based drama.
  • Hosted free lead testing of toys in Bellingham and Lynden.

Current or former member of... Bellingham City Club, Northwest Business Club, Donors Choose and other charitable nonprofits, Lynden First Reformed Church, Seahawks season ticket holder, Sierra Club, Semiahmoo MBC, WSDP Labor Caucus.

Richard May knows what it's like to struggle for food, rent and a paycheck. His approach to government draws from personal experience on the road from poverty to self sufficiency, and the challenges of business, child care, and getting bills paid.

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