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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.
Other government and civic work Richard May has done:
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.
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.
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.