Incumbent Ely wins ward 2 council seat, Berge takes school board position

Published on Thu, Nov 6, 2003
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Incumbent Ely wins ward 2 council seat, Berge takes school board position

The only challenged race within the Blaine city council was the ward 2 race won by incumbent Ken Ely on Tuesday, as he defeated former mayor and challenger Andy Anderson.

According to the latest poll results, Ely took a 70 percent win, with 410 votes cast in his favor. Anderson had 175 votes, about 30 percent.

Ely, a local chiropractor, said he was seeking a second term to finish work that was started during his current term, which ends on December 31. The city�s sewer system and the downtown economy are both issues Ely wants to continue focusing on.

John Liebert will serve another council term for Ward 1, as he ran unopposed, and received 468 votes as of Tuesday evening. Dieter Schugt, also unopposed, will serve another council term for ward 3. He had 440 votes.

Blaine school board
Three positions were voted on within the Blaine school board; however, only one of them was challenged.

Betty Nunamaker, currently serving her 24th year on the board, was beaten by newcomer and parent Todd Berge for the seat. Berge took about 53 percent of the vote and had 841 votes. Nunamaker received 739 votes. Deborah Hart ran unopposed for her seat, as did Barrie E. Hull.

Other positions
In the race for Whatcom County Council, district 1, position B, incumbent Dan McShane had 15,277 votes, a little more than 66 percent. Challenger Kerry Chappell had 7,692 votes.

For the council�s district 2, position 8 seat, Mike Kaufman had about 48 percent of the vote, and was defeated by Sam Crawford, who received 11,770 votes, or 51.29 percent.

Running unopposed
Several positions were unopposed this election year, and Whatcom County executive Pete Kremen was voted into another term, as well as County council member Barbara Brenner, and Whatcom County assessor Keith M. Willnauer. Whatcom County auditor Shirley Forslof also ran unopposed, as did Whatcom County sheriff Bill Elfo. Fire district 13 commissioner James V. �Butch� Hinchey will also serve another term.

Point Roberts
Residents in Point Roberts said no to the proposed fire district 5 levy, voting 80 percent against it.

Arthur Wilkowksi won the water district position 2 race, with 59 percent of the vote, defeating David Niles. Madeleine Anderson, in position 1, ran unopposed.

Regarding the formation of a park and recreation service area, residents voted 135-85 for it. The vote will allow the formation of a district to fund maintenance and insurance for a Gulf Road pier if and when it is constructed.

Final numbers
The election will be finalized Wednesday, November 19. For the latest update, log on to and click on general election results.