Alaska Airline's kiosk at the Bellingham International Airport July 9, 2019. // Photo by Zack Jimenez
Nestled on North State Street is the 11th Hour Tea and Coffee Bar, where customers can stop in to grab a drink and take some time to relax. Upon entering, the earthy smell of freshly brewed tea fills the shop as soft music plays in the background, slightly masked by the sound of a whirring espresso machine.
Jennifer Christine Mansfield was organizing her campaign for Bellingham city mayor — until she received an email outlining the fee required to apply as a candidate — $1,656 according to the Whatcom County Auditor's Office.