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GET YOUR BALLOT
Every registered voter will be mailed a ballot approximately two and a half weeks before Election Day. Call the Auditor’s Office at 360-778-5100 or contact email@example.com if you haven’t received one. You can also vote in person at the Auditor's office.
Our Certified and Endorsed Candidates
2023 Candidate Endorsements
Whatcom County Council Dist. 5 (Coastal): Jackie Dexter
Whatcom County Sheriff: Blaine Police Chief Donnell (Tank) Tanksley
Meridian School District Pos. 5: J. Riley Sweeney
Certified Democrats for the August 1 Primary:
County Executive: Satpal Sidhu, Barry Buchanan, Alicia Rule
County Council At-Large: Atul Deshmane, Jon Scanlon
Bellingham Mayor: Kim Lund, Kristina Michele Martens, Seth Fleetwood
Bellingham City Council Ward 1: Eamonn Collins, Hannah Stone
Bellingham City Council Ward 3: Liz Darrow, Dan Hammill
Bellingham City Council Ward 5: Lisa Anderson
Bellingham City Council At-Large: Jace Cotton, Paul Schissler, Russ Whidbee, Maya Morales
Blaine City Council: Richard May
Members will vote on further endorsements after the August 1 primary, including ballot measures. Offices up for election this year include County Executive, County Council At-Large, Assessor, Auditor, Bellingham Mayor, Bellingham City Council, other city mayors and councils, school boards.
2022 Candidate Endorsements
US Senate: Patty Murray
US Congress: Rick Larsen
40th LD State Rep Pos 1: Debra Lekanoff
40th LD State Rep Pos 2: Alex Ramel
42nd L.D. State Senator: Sharon Shewmake
42nd LD State Rep Pos 1: Alicia Rule
42nd LD State Rep Pos 2: Joe Timmons
Public Utility District No. 1 Commissioner District 3: Jaime Arnett
Whatcom County Proposition No. 2022-045 - Healthy Children's Fund
2021 Candidate Endorsements
Whatcom County Council District At-Large: Barry Buchanan ElectBarry.com
Whatcom County Council District 1: Eddy Ury – Eddy4What.com
Whatcom County Council District 2: Todd Donovan DonovanForWhatcom.org
Whatcom County Council District 3: Rebecca Lewis LewisForWhatcom3.com
Port of Bellingham District 1: Michael Shepard Shepard4Port.com
Port of Bellingham District 2: Kelly Krieger Kelly4Port.com
City of Bellingham Ward 2: Hollie Huthman
City of Bellingham Ward 4: Edwin “Skip” Williams PeopleToElectSkipWilliams.com
City of Bellingham Ward 6: No candidate received 60% support and thus there is no endorsement. Please view here for more information.
City of Bellingham At-Large: Kristina Michele Martens ElectKristina.com
Ferndale City Council Position 6: Kate Bishop KateForFerndale.com
Bellingham School Board Position 4: Jenn Mason VoteJennMason.com
Currently we are supporting two iniatives from Community First Whatcom.
Ballot Box Locations
Use a ballot box to ensure your ballot is counted. Ballots are collected by the Auditor's staff daily, and there is no delay and no risk of the ballot not getting postmarked on Election Day.
Whatcom Courthouse South Parking Lot,
201 Grand Ave.
Regal Barkley Village
3005 Cinema Pl.
210 36th St., NE Corner of Parking Lot
Whatcom Community College
231 W Kellogg Rd.
WWU, Red Square
516 High St.
WWU, Student Engagement Hub (Nov. General Election Day Only)
516 High St.
WWU, outside Wade King Student Recreation Center
1880 Bill McDonald Pkwy.
5200 Turkington Rd.
610 3rd St.
(North Whatcom Fire & Rescue)
4581 Birch Bay-Lynden Rd.
7660 Custer School Rd.
5044 Mt. Baker Hwy.
106 E Main St.
Ferndale City Hall
2095 Main St.
Lummi Nation Admin Building
2665 Kwina Rd.
216 4th St.
Meridian (Laurel Grange)
6172 Guide Meridian
(North Fork Community Library)
7506 Kendall Rd.
Point Roberts Marketplace
480 Tyee Dr.
(Located inside, contact the store for hours)
534 Railroad Ave.
Security Turnaround, Gate One
Running for Office
The Whatcom Democrats’ Candidates Committee works year-round recruiting and talking to prospective candidates. If you are considering running for office, your first stop should be talking to us. We can help you understand the process and requirements and help you decide if you are committed to do the work necessary to be elected, such as fundraising calls and door-belling.
When the committee explains the efforts needed, some prospective candidates decide they are not prepared to run at this time. One of the biggest challenges for the committee is convincing people that getting elected is possible, that they can grow into the public role, and that the party will provide support.
Official candidate filing is done during a one-week period in May of each year. Contact the County Auditor for specific information.
A special meeting of the membership of the Whatcom County Democratic Central Committee will be held prior to Primary Elections to give candidates an opportunity to present their case for endorsement. Candidates who wish to be considered for Endorsement must request this at least 72 hours in advance of this meeting. Members in good standing vote on endorsements.
Democratic candidates may be able to access party resources prior to endorsement if they request and receive Certification as a Democrat. Click on the Certification and Endorsement Process for details.
Certification & Endorsement Process
Difference Between Party Endorsement And Party Nomination
A political party endorsement is a statement of support of a candidate for public office. It is also an internal policy decision saying where the organization’s resources will be spent. It is no different than a PTA, voter’s league, or labor union picking which candidates they want to support and work for. This is why we require membership in the Whatcom Democrats in order to vote on our endorsement decisions.
A party endorsement has no direct effect on which candidates may run for office. Endorsement does not decide which candidates qualify for the general election ballot, the way a party nomination normally would.
State election law governs the rules of the Primary Election, and currently, in Washington State, primary elections are run like non-partisan primaries, advancing the top two vote-getters to the General Election ballot, regardless of party affiliation. Primaries (in WA State) for partisan offices do not constitute a party nomination process.
Only voters casting a ballot in a Primary Election have the power to eliminate, or advance, a candidate to the general election ballot.
Since we do not hold public nominating primary elections in Washington at this time, the Washington State Democratic Party has adopted its own process and rules to designate who is the nominee of the “Democratic Party” in partisan races in Washington. These rules have no direct impact on the endorsement policy of the Whatcom Democrats.