FERNDALE - A Ferndale native raising his young family in the city announced on Monday, April 29, his candidacy for a city council seat.
Eric Kelton, 31, will run for the position currently held by Lloyd Zimmerman, who announced in January he would not seek re-election.
Kelton's press release doesn't mention political experience, but it describes him as an active community member who volunteers for the Pacific Highlands Homeowners Association and serves as vice president of the Bellingham Men's Slow Pitch Association.
Kelton wants to maintain Ferndale's small-town atmosphere, the statement said.
"He is passionate about recreational activities for individuals and families that are accessible to the public and fiscally responsible for the city," the statement said.
Kelton and his wife Zhiva have two children, ages 4 and 2. He works in the shipping department at Ershigs in Bellingham.