As the August 17 primary election approaches, residents of Washington’s 42nd legislative district have a number of candidates from which to choose.
The race for the district’s state senate seat, the winner of which will serve a four-year term, has Democrat Pat Jerns running against Rep. Doug Ericksen, R-Ferndale, who will be vacating his current state house seat.
The primary election for the 42nd district’s two state house of representatives, both two-year terms, presents the voters with a larger field of candidates. Five candidates are seeking state representative position 1, the seat being left vacant by Ericksen, while Rep. Kelli Linville, D-Bellingham, is seeking reelection to position 2 against Republican Vincent Buys.
Five men are seeking state representative position 1. The primary election will narrow the field down to two candidates for the November 2 general election.
Al Jensen is a Democratic living in Bellingham who has worked as a detective for the Bellingham Police Department for 30 years. According to his statement on the Washington state candidates website, he supports investments in education and opportunities for families to build strong, safe communities.
His top campaign contributors include the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 77 political action committee and the Washington Council of Police and Sheriffs, according to the Washington Public Disclosure Commission.
Richard May is a Democrat who owns two food service businesses: Café Caffe in Bellingham and Master’s Blend Coffee House in Everson. He has served on the Blaine Parks and Cemetery Board.
May said he plans to put people back to work while investing in renewable energy and other environmentally friendly technology, according to his statement. His top campaign contributor is the Washington Restaurant Association.
Craig Mayberry is an Independent who owns Heritage Lane Farm in Lynden. He is also a lecturer in the management department at Western Washington University. Mayberry is dedicated to transparency and a commitment to not take money from special interest groups, according to his statement.
Jason Overstreet is a Republican who currently serves on the Blaine city council. He is a full-time firefighter and a U.S. Army veteran.
Overstreet said he support “market-based solutions that allow for more job creation and reductions in statewide spending,” according to his statement. His top campaign contributors include Premera Blue Cross, a nonprofit health insurance company and the Walmart political action committee.
Michael C. Smith prefers the GOP Party and has spent 32 years teaching agriculture and science. He has been recognized as a Washington State University Educator of Excellence. Smith said he supports an equitable tax system and a strong, properly funded educational system, according to his statement. Specific campaign contribution information is unavailable for Mayberry and Smith. The Washington Public Disclosure Commission does not require candidates who plan to raise less than $5,000 to report specific campaign contributors. As of July 30, Mayberry has raised $1,051 and spent $151. Smith has spent nothing.
In the race for representative position 2, Buys is a graduate of Bellingham Technical College and has worked for Intel and Horizon Air, in addition to starting his own construction company.
Buys said he supports the initiative to require a two-thirds vote in the legislature or voter approval to raise taxes and a more transparent government, according to his statement.
Buys’ contributors include Dickson Medical Clinic and Mayberry Packing LLC.
Linville has been a state representative since 1993. She graduated from Western Washington University with a master’s degree in speech pathology and audiology.
Linville said she supports fully funding basic education and protecting the environment as a way of stimulating the local economy, according to her statement. Linville’s top campaign contributors include Astrazeneca, an international pharmaceutical company, Bellingham Firefighters Local 106, Boeing and the BP employee political action committee.
In the state senate race for the 42nd district, Ericksen brings 12 years of experience in the state house of representatives. He graduated from Western Washington University with a master’s degree in environmental policy and political science. Ericksen supports patient-based healthcare reform and putting a stop to deficit spending, according to his website. His top campaign contributors include 7-Eleven Corporation and Anheuser-Busch.
Jerns is a Democrat and has been working in real estate for the past 20 years. Jerns’ priorities in the state senate will be keeping taxes low and supporting bills that help small business owners and their families, according to his statement.
Jerns’ top campaign contributors include Home 4 Investment Inc., a local real estate firm, and the Silver Reef Casino.