Whatcom council member Sam Crawford to resign after 15 years

Sam Crawford
Sam Crawford The Bellingham Herald

Sam Crawford announced Tuesday, Jan. 27, at the end of the Whatcom County Council meeting, that he will resign from the council effective March 1.

In a letter to County Executive Jack Louws, dated Jan. 27, Crawford said he resigned “with great reluctance” after he was asked to take on more responsibilities at his workplace, Westside Building Supply in Lynden.

The county charter says the a majority of the council, or four of the remaining six members, will appoint Crawford’s replacement. Crawford’s term ends this year, and anyone seeking his seat beyond 2015 must run for election in November.

Crawford, 55, who lives northeast of Bellingham, has served on the council for 15 years. After the most recent council elections in 2013, the conservative council member went from being in the majority to perhaps the only reliable conservative vote on the council.

In his most recent election campaign in 2011, Crawford touted his consistent record of not voting for property tax increases. He has supported the interests of property owners in deliberations over limiting rural development, and of making homeowners around Lake Whatcom pay for part of the cost to keep pollution out of the lake.

Crawford also has conscientiously looked out for the county’s broader interests. He was willing to hold up a grant-and-loan package for a stormwater treatment system Bellingham intended to build near the site of a new Costco because he was concerned about increased traffic.

In his letter, Crawford said he was leaving the county in a good position.

“Our county is financially strong, well managed and efficient in service delivery,” he wrote. “I will always remain very proud to tell people, ‘I’m from Whatcom County’ because I believe most people find it to be one of the most desirable places to live, work and recreate in the country.”