Senator Dale Brandland announced March 10 that he will not run for a third term as state senator this fall. First elected in 2002, Brandland represented the 42nd legislative district, which includes Bellingham, Ferndale and Blaine. His current term ends in January 2011
In a statement released from his Olympia office, Brandland said, “I feel incredibly fortunate to have had the opportunity to serve in the legislature but at this time my family and I have agreed it that the time is right to step aside and give someone else an opportunity to represent the district.”
A former Bellingham police officer, Brandland first entered elective office when he ran for Whatcom County Sheriff in 1992, a position he held until running for the state senate. During his campaign, he had said he only intended to be sheriff for 12 years, a pledge he stuck to.
While in the senate, he served on the Ways and Means, Human Services and Corrections and Early Learning and K-12 committees. His plans are to return to Whatcom County and spend time with his wife Jean, two children and seven grandchildren.
In the meantime, others are shuffling up in response to the new opening. State representative Doug Ericksen has announced he intends to run for Brandland’s seat. He made the announcement March 10 saying he felt it was time “to have his experienced leadership in the senate.” Ericksen, a Republican, has served 12 years in the legislature as one of the two 42nd District state representatives. The other representative is Democrat Kelli Linville.
Not to be caught napping, Blaine councilmember Jason Overstreet announced he would run for Ericksen’s seat come this fall. Overstreet, a small business owner and father of four children, was first elected in 2005, running on a pro-development advocate platform. He was re-elected in 2007. Two Democrats, Al Jensen and Richard May, will face off in the August 17 primary. Jensen, a Ferndale resident, first sought the seat in 1998. May, a Blaine resident is a member of the Blaine parks board and other community organizations.