Debbie Adelstein, the chief deputy auditor, has announced her candidacy for Whatcom County auditor. Adelstein brings six years of senior experience to the office as the chief deputy of the auditor’s office.
Adelstein has lived in Bellingham since 1967 with the exception of three years while husband Steve attended law school at Gonzaga University.
She and Steve raised their family here, and the Adelsteins are third generation residents of Whatcom County. She is a graduate of Western Washington University with a bachelor’s degree in political science.
Offering her endorsement, Whatcom County Auditor Shirley Forslof, who is retiring at the end of this year, said, “I am endorsing Debbie Adelstein, chief deputy auditor for county auditor because Debbie has experience managing the election and voter registration division, the recording division and the licensing and titling division of the auditor’s office. She will not have to learn on the job, she knows the job of county auditor.“
During her time of service in the Auditor’s Office as chief deputy auditor, Adelstein has participated at a senior leadership level in several key innovations including the transition to vote by mail, implementing the federally mandated changeover to optical scanned ballots, and bringing the auditor’s recorded documents online to enable easier public access.