Residentscan relax on primary day

Published on Thu, Sep 15, 2005 by ara Nelson

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Residents can relax on primary day

By Tara Nelson

Whatcom County is gearing up for its first year of a vote-by-mail system but residents of the city of Blaine and Birch Bay community will not be seeing a primary ballot.

Whatcom County auditor Shirley Forslof said her office began mailing out primary ballots August 31 and has received 8,491 ballots in return as of September 12. Although Whatcom County has more than 100,000 registered voters, only 74,105 are eligible to vote in the primary election. This is because if two or less candidates file for an office, their names will not appear on the primary ballot.

Forslof said people outside Bellingham city limits who live west of the Guide Meridian will not receive ballots because there are no races in that area that involve more than two candidates. This includes Blaine and Birch Bay.

Those citizens, however, can vote in the general election and Forslof’s office will be sending out ballots for that election on October 19.
Blaine and Birch Bay residents will vote on the following positions in the upcoming general election:

County Council District 3: Carl Weimer, of Ferndale, and Mike Kent, of Blaine. Sharon Roy is not running for re-election.

Blaine City Council Ward, Position 5: Incumbent Bob Brunkow and Jason Overstreet, owner of Red White and Brew espresso stand and Scrubby’s Car Wash in Blaine.

Blaine City Council-At-Large, Position 7: Incumbent Charles Hawkins and Jason Burke, of Blaine. Burke is facing possible fines for failure to disclose campaign finance information with the state’s public disclosure commission.

Blaine City Council Ward 1, Position 2: Bonnie Onyon, uncontested.

Blaine City Council Ward 2, Position 4: Bruce J. Wolf, uncontested.

Blaine City Council Ward 3, Position 6: Mike Myers, uncontested.

Blaine School District Director, Position 1: James “Red” Goodwin, of Ferndale, uncontested.

Blaine School District Director, Position 2: Pebble J. Griffin, of Blaine, uncontested.

Blaine School District Director, Position 5: Michael M. Dodd, of Blaine, uncontested.

Fire Commissioner, District 5, Position 1: Susan Brownrigg, of Point Roberts, uncontested.

Fire Commissioner, District 5, Position 2: Bill H. Meursing, of Point Roberts, uncontested.

Fire Commissioner, District 5, Position 3: David Gellatly, of Point Roberts, uncontested.

Fire Commissioner, District 13, Position 2: Bill Salter, of Blaine, uncontested.

Point Roberts Water District 4 Commissioner, Position 2: Renee Coe, of Point Roberts, and Sue Johnson, of Point Roberts.

Cemetery District 8 Commissioner, Position 2: Jeralyn Smith, of Blaine.

Northwest Parks and Recreation Commissioner Position 1: Ted Morris, of Blaine, uncontested.

Northwest Parks and Recreation Commissioner Position 2: Jere G. Hawn, of Blaine, uncontested.

Birch Bay Water and Sewer District 8 Commissioner, Position: Don Montfort, and Stephen Nelson.

Forslof said those with recent address changes should call the auditor’s office or send in a change of address before October 8.

Twenty-nine other Washington counties have also chosen to vote by mail. They are: Adams, Asotin, Benton, Clallam, Clark, Columbia, Cowlitz, Douglas, Ferry, Franklin, Garfield, Grant, Grays Harbor, Jefferson, Kitsap, Lewis, Mason, Okanogan, Pacific, Pend Oreille, San Juan, Skagit, Skamania, Stevens, Thurston, Wahkiakum, Walla Walla and Yakima counties.

For more information about the vote-by-mail system, visit the county auditor’s website at www.whatcomcounty.us/auditor or call 676-6742.