Blaine incumbents Charlie Hawkins and Bonnie Onyon will keep their positions on city council according to preliminary election results released by the Whatcom County auditor late Tuesday evening.
Mayor Onyon, who holds the council’s ward 1, position 2, garnered 77 percent of the vote as opposed to challenger David White’s 23 percent.
Hawkins, who represents the council’s ward 2, position 4 seat has a strong lead over challenger John George with 77 percent as opposed to 23 percent of the vote.
“It’s a statement by the public about David White’s and John George’s politics and the people who are behind them more than anything,” Hawkins said.
Blaine council members Paul Greenough and Harry Robinson ran unopposed.
When asked what he plans to tackle during his next term, Hawkins said he was disappointed in the removal of impact fees for developers and hoped to find a way to supplement funding for the resources schools will need with a growing population.
“I think it’s also a missed opportunity to fund things that need it, such as the school district,” he said. “(The school district) should have had impact fees for all the development that had been going on the last few years and yet we keep having to pay for the new people coming in. It’s a missed opportunity.”
In an email, Hawkins’ opponent John George, said he thinks Charlie will do ‘a wonderful job for the city of Blaine,’ and that he ‘will make sure nothing changes.’
“The voters have spoken and the good news is with initially 174/584 votes I, John George am no longer in the world of politics... Let’s all go downtown and go shopping to celebrate!”
Whatcom County Council
In the race for Whatcom County Council district 2, position A, Ken Mann beat out Mary Beth Teigrob with 54 percent to 46 percent.
In the race for Whatcom County Council district 1, position A, Dan McShane squeaked ahead with little more than 1 percent with 50.82 percent of the vote as opposed to newcomer Kathy Kershner’s 49.18 percent.
In the race for Whatcom County Council district 3, position A, incumbent Carl Weimer pulled ahead with 52 percent of the votes as opposed to newcomer Michelle Luke’s 47 percent.
Lastly, newcomer Bill Knutzen beat out incumbent Laurie Caskey-Schreiber with 52 percent as opposed to Caskey-Schreiber’s 48 percent.
Port of Bellingham
Incumbent Scott Walker beat out newcomer John Blethen with 52 percent as opposed to Blethen’s 48 percent for Port of Bellingham, district 1.
Meanwhile, newcomer Mike McAuley beat out incumbent Douglas Smith with 55 percent of the vote as opposed to Smith’s 45 percent.