Ferndale City Council member says he won’t run for re-election

Council member Mel Hansen has announced he will not seek re-election for City Council this year.

Hansen, 73, was elected to City Council in 1999. He has been chairman of the Whatcom Transportation Authority board of directors for the past four years in addition to serving on several city committees.

“The three mayors and 20 council members, along with a hard working, visionary and dedicated city staff, have made the last 16 years a pleasure to serve,” Hansen said in a prepared statement.

Hansen said he is most proud of how Ferndale’s infrastructure has improved in the last 16 years.

His son, Greg Hansen, 48, already has announced he will run for the vacated seat. Greg Hansen works at Whatcom Community College as the hospitality and tourism management coordinator. He has lived in Ferndale for 45 years.

“I hope to continue the fine reputation my dad has received over the past 16 years of listening carefully to the citizens, approaching issues with no pre-conceived outcome, and collaborating with the other six council members, the mayor and staff to produce the best outcome for the city,” Greg Hansen said.