Blaine City Council candidate withdraws from race

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDJuly 11, 2013 

BLAINE - Doug Dahl has withdrawn his candidacy for the Ward 2 seat on the Blaine City Council after learning this week that he didn't meet the one-year residency requirement.

Dahl was one of four candidates vying for that post in the Aug. 6 primary election.

The others are incumbent Charlie Hawkins and challengers David Gallion and Brian Thomasson.

"I'm disappointed I can't run," Dahl said Thursday, July 11, after signing the withdrawal paperwork.

There's enough time to remove his name from the ballots being mailed out July 19, according to Whatcom County Chief Deputy Auditor Diana Bradrick. His name also will be removed from the voter pamphlet.

Dahl wasn't aware of the residency requirement when he filed to run. Neither were those who encouraged him to seek the seat.

Under the provision, Dahl must have been a resident of Blaine for at least one year before being elected to office, in this case, in November.

He is in the process of moving into Ward 2 in the city from a residence at 9591 W. 34th Crest, which is just outside Blaine limits.

Dahl left open the possibility of seeking a position on the City Council four years from now.

"It's a four-year term. A lot could happen in four years. It very well could," he said.

The issue of his candidacy was discussed Thursday, July 11, after a Whatcom County Canvassing Board hearing of a voter registration challenge against Dahl.

Kristin Shipp, a Blaine resident and city employee, filed the challenge, saying Dahl didn't live at the address listed on his voter regisration - 1378A Bayview Court. She said he actually was living on West 34th Crest.

"I think the big confusion is we're in the middle of the move," Dahl told the three-member board.

The board agreed with Dahl and approved the registration at the address he presented at Bayview Court, essentially allowing him to vote in the Ward 2 precinct.

The voter registration challenge was separate from the residency requirement that led Dahl to withdraw from the City Council race.

Reach Kie Relyea at 360-715-2234 or kie.relyea@bellinghamherald.com.

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