Simon Sefzik of Ferndale was appointed as the new senator for the 42nd LD after a vote by Whatcom County Council during a special session on Jan. 11th. He will serve the remainder of the late Senator Ericksen’s term through the next general election in November.
Prior to his appointment, Sefzik and two other candidates nominated by the Whatcom County Republican Party were invited to fill out a 20-question questionnaire on a number of local issues and policies. A link to Sefzik’s responses can be viewed here. According to the questionnaire, the new senator’s top priorities include flood relief, homeless outreach, housing affordability, police reform, and supporting the local agricultural community.
Sefzik has previously interned with the U.S. House of Representatives in 2019 and the White House in 2020 and 2021. Most recently he was the Operations and Logistics Coordinator for Nomi Health COVID-19 Initiative, a Colorado-based healthcare company.
“I will be present and attend the needs of the State Senate and the needs of the residents of the 42nd,” Sefzik wrote in his questionnaire. “I will humbly listen and learn from the key stakeholders as we tackle the challenges of our time to deliver effective solutions. To be effective in Olympia, I will reach across the aisle and find the points that unite us, rather than the areas that divide us. I believe that we have more in common than what separates us, and that we can, in good faith, achieve great things for Washington together.”