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November 8, 2011 at 10:55 PM

Bellingham mayor trailing after supporting red-light cameras

Voter discontent with red-light camera operations may have helped cost Bellingham’s mayor his job.

In Tuesday returns, former state legislator Kelli Linville led one-term mayor Dan Pike by nearly 400 votes, with 14,000 votes counted.

Linville had signed the petition that put the challenge to red-light cameras on the ballot.

Pike, in contrast, signed a contract that allowed an Arizona-based company to begin work on setting up a red-light camera system in Bellingham, although it has not yet been installed. A spokesman for the mayor said he backed the contract on the advice of his police chief.

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