Local Election

Whatcom Reps. Larsen, DelBene leading U.S. House races

Early election results pointed toward a solid sweep for the two Democrat incumbents who represent Whatcom County in the U.S. House.

As of Tuesday night, Nov. 4, Rep. Suzan DelBene, fresh off her first term, and seven-term incumbent Rep. Rick Larsen were both leading in their races for the 1st and 2nd Congressional Districts, which together cover most or part of Whatcom, Skagit, Snohomish, Island, San Juan, and King counties.

In the 1st District race, DelBene had 55 percent of the vote, while Republican challenger Pedro Celis had 45 percent, as of 9 p.m. Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Larsen was cruising toward an eighth term, with 62 percent of the early count, while Republican challenger B.J. Guillot had 38 percent.

Larsen said he was excited with the early results.

“I believe they’ll hold,” Larsen said. “I’m looking forward to serving the 2nd District for the next two years.”

Guillot, a Republican software developer, got 33 percent of the vote to Larsen’s 56 percent in the top-two August primary, beating out independent Mike Lapointe.

Lapointe threw support to Guillot on social media, praising him via Facebook for reaching out to constituents and supporting environmental efforts, but it did not appear that support would be enough to help Guillot gain the necessary votes to win against Larsen.

The 2nd District encompasses most of Bellingham, Sudden Valley, and southwestern Whatcom County, as well as Island and San Juan counties and the western portions of Skagit and Snohomish counties.

Celis, who was a distinguished engineer at Microsoft and has said he is proud of living the American Dream after immigrating from Mexico, edged out five other challengers in the August primary, winning a spot in the top two by just shy of 1,000 votes.

DelBene, an ex-Microsoft vice president, served on the Committee on Agriculture (a rare thing for a new member of Congress) and helped pass a farm bill, which was one of the only large pieces of legislation to pass the 113th Congress.

The 1st District encompasses most of Whatcom County except for Bellingham, Sudden Valley and areas to the southwest. It also includes most of eastern Skagit and Snohomish counties and part of King County.

More ballots will be counted in coming days as they are received in the mail. Counties will certify results before the end of the month.