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August 17, 2011

Quick Primary Election Reflection

With many ballots left to count, last night the Bellingham Herald was already calling winners.   Second place between David Stalheim and Jack Louws, in the County Executive race is still a little close.  In the other races, pairs advancing to the fall election were pretty clear or their was a single candidate, such as Bill Elfo, that took such a high percentage of votes that it really doesn’t matter who he faces off with.

Nothing is certified and anything can happen, but here is how I see things as of this morning.


  • Bill Elfo vs. It doesn’t matter – Bill had almost 75% of the ballot, he needs to keep on doing the great job he’s doing to be reelected this fall.

Ferndale Mayor

  • Gary Jensen vs. Lloyd Zimmerman – Mayor Jensen had over 65% of the vote so as good as I think it would be for Ferndale to have Gary Jensen leave office, it doesn’t look like it will happen this election.

Bellingham Mayor

  • Dan Pike vs. Kelli Linville – Kelli Linville should start picking out colors for her new office.  80% of the people of Bellingham evenly split their vote between these two liberal candidates and my guess is that the other 20% who voted for Steve Moore or Clayton Petree will now side with a slightly more moderate  Kelli Linville or simply skip voting for either in the fall.  Dan Pike has been drilling holes through his hull for four years and now that his ship is clearly sinking, all Kelli Linville had to do was pull alongside with a liberal boat that floats.

Whatcom County Executive

  • Doug Ericksen vs. David Stalheim – If David Stalheim can manage to pull ahead of Jack Louws, we can expect that Doug Ericksen will win by a decent margin in the fall.  I think support for David Stalheim is about tapped out at the 25% or so that he has received in the primary from local progressives and much of the conservative vote that went to Jack Louws will be redirected to Doug Ericksen.


  • Doug Ericksen vs. Jack Louws – This would be the one situation that wouldn’t be so good for Doug Ericksen as most of those that support David Stalheim and Tom Anderson are also part of the we hate Doug Ericksen crowd so I would anticipate most of  their vote moving to Jack Louws.   If percentages follow this model then Jack Louws would be winning roughly 60/40 in the fall.

Update 8/19 – Louws, Ericksen to face off in general election for Whatcom County executive – either would be a good executive, so I guess I’ll just watch and see what race or other shenanigans come about.


Well there you go, if you are looking for election excitement from this group, then you are going to have to hope that there is either some aggressive campaigning on the part of the underdogs or a candidate crushing scandal.

Whatcom County Primary Election Results

June 13, 2011

2011 Election Season

Update: Instead of continuing to update this post, I’ve added a page for the 2011 Elections and will update that as my positions evolve.

As of Friday the candidate filings are closed, so they’re off and running.  The Herald has covered the filings both in the news and in their politics blog.   In turn, the Whatcom Democrats have also  covered the Herald politics blog with a layer of partisan comments from some of their officers.  On Saturday the Whatcom GOP had their first endorsement of the season, with their  endorsement of Sen. Doug Erickson’s for County Executive.

It may seem contrary to the somewhat political nature of this blog, but I really don’t find it much fun to speculate about who will file and why.  I don’t find fantasy football of any interest either.  But now that the dust has settled for the moment, I did go through a quick assessment of where I stand at this moment on some of the more important races.

UPDATE: I’ll just keep updating this post as things move along and I learn more about each candidate.

Whatcom County Executive

  • Jack Louws  – I’ve heard good things, but right now its difficult to think of a better candidate than Sen. Ericksen
  • Smile Doug Ericksen – Doug has represented us well for years in Olympia and I’m all for him now working at home to make this a better area to live.
  • Tom Anderson – Don’t know anything at this point.
  • Sad smile David Stalheim – So in the last 4-5 years he left a community development job for the city of Wenatchee, for a community development job for the city of Ashland, which he left for a job as Whatcom County Planning Director, which he left for a job with the City of Bellingham as Planning & Community Development director and shortly thereafter sues his former employer Whatcom County for problems with their planning.  Now he want’s to quit with Bellingham to become the executive of the county he is sued?  ROFLMAO, oh and no.

Whatcom County Council District 1, Position B

  1. Smile Tony Larson – I find Tony to be an independent, level headed guy who has given a lot to this community.  I see him asking all the right questions rather than just rubber stamping status quo.    I supported him before and especially after seeing him in action, I’ll do it again.
  2. Pete Kremen  – I’m not really sure why he’s running yet ????

Whatcom County Council District 2, Position B

  • Smile Sam Crawford – I like what I see of his values and he has thus far shown he is more than up to the challenges of the position he has had for more than a few years.  He’s a keeper.
  • Sad smile Christina Maginnis – Our county already throws way too much of our money towards stormwater issues and Lake Whatcom without much in the way of results.    Having a DOE water quality expert on the council seems a bit like voting to have someone beat your head against a wall.

Whatcom County Council District 3, Position B

  • Barbara Brenner – I like watching her on the council because like Tony Larson, she is always asking good questions.  I don’t get the impression from her that she has already made up her mind on things, like I do from a couple of the other council members
  • Alan Black – don’t know much yet.

Whatcom County Treasurer

  • Smile Brian Smith –  So I had a chance to meet Brian today and I can report that the good things I had heard were all true.   His qualifications to handle county finances were definitely there and he struck me as someone who would take his duty as a servant to the people of Whatcom County very seriously.
  • Sad smile Steven Oliver – Well, I haven’t met our current treasurer either, but I’ve suspected in the past, that he was playing politics while at work and I just can’t vote for someone to watch the bank accounts that I have a shady/slippery feeling about.

Whatcom County Auditor

  • J. Lynne Walker  – don’t know much about her yet.
  • Debbie Adelstein – don’t know much about her yet either

Whatcom County Sheriff

  • Steve Harris – perhaps someday he’ll have half the experience of Sherriff Elfo.
  • Bob Taylor – perhaps someday he’ll half the experience also.
  • Smile Bill Elfo – What can I say, we live in a county that borders another nation and there is a lot of potential for crimes due to our location.   He’s been the tough but fair Sheriff that we need.

Bellingham Mayor – I don’t live in Bellingham, but Bellingham is such a large part of Whatcom County that what happens there has significant effects on all of us.  If they raise taxes we pay when we shop.  The more unfriendly they make it for people to live and work in the city, the more sprawl is encouraged.

  • Sad smile Kelli Linville – She lost her 42nd district State Rep gig to Vince Buys primarily due to her over spending issues.  I haven’t heard that she has mended her ways, so I don’t see supporting her doing the same in Bellingham.  If Bellingham over spends like our state has for the last few decades, the money will be coming out or your pocket whether you live in Bellingham or not.
  • Sad smile Dan Pike – Too bad I couldn’t bold the frowny.   As I’ve brought up numerous times here in this blog, Dan Pike has such a gift for taking money away from others that he really had only two career paths, criminal or liberal leaning politician.  I’ve never heard of him passing on a chance to take from taxpayers, so there is no way in Hellingbam that I’d give him an ounce of support.
  • Clayton Petree – Ok, he rides a bike, but so does the current mayor, so no decision yet.  Much more to learn here.
  • Steve Moore – don’t know much yet.

I’ll add more when I have had more time to think on the mayor races and a couple of other positions.  I’ll also be  adding or adjusting the smileys and frownies as I learn more about the candidates.

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