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Kathy and Ryan Barnes
I recently read about state representative Sharon Shewmake telling the four Democrats on Whatcom County Council who they should appoint to the vacant 42nd district Senate position after senator Doug Ericksen passed away. It was particularly interesting to see her involvement because Shewmake already had announced she would run for election to that position this year.
Republicans could nominate three people for the interim position but county council, with a majority of Democrats, would pick one of those three. Most people assumed the Democrats would choose the candidate least likely to defeat Shewmake in this year’s general election.
It was no surprise that Shewmake wanted to run against 22-year-old Simon Sefzik and the Democrats on county council appointed him. He’s an intelligent, well-spoken young man but was the least known of the three nominees and had worked for only a year after graduating from college.
I’m supporting the candidate who Shewmake doesn’t want to face – Ben Elenbaas. Elenbaas was elected to Whatcom County Council in 2019 with 59 percent of the vote. He received more votes for the charter review commission than any other candidate in 2015 and also has served on the county planning commission.
Elenbaas has worked in the Cherry Point industrial area for 20 years. He’s also been a farmer during that time, the fourth generation of his family to farm in the Nooksack River Valley. That experience drives him to seek practical solutions that preserve jobs and protect the environment.
Please join me in voting for Elenbaas for the 42nd district state Senate seat in the August 2 primary election.
(Ed note: Whatcom County Council are nonpartisan positions.)
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