Local Election

Whatcom County election results

Election worker Bob Cecile puts a ballot in the new drop-off box in the parking lot south of the Whatcom County Courthouse on Grand Avenue in Bellingham on Election Day 2010. The county Auditor’s Office recommends using a drop box for last-minute ballots instead of mailing to ensure they are counted.
Election worker Bob Cecile puts a ballot in the new drop-off box in the parking lot south of the Whatcom County Courthouse on Grand Avenue in Bellingham on Election Day 2010. The county Auditor’s Office recommends using a drop box for last-minute ballots instead of mailing to ensure they are counted. THE BELLINGHAM HERALD

Preliminary ballot counts of the Tuesday, Nov. 3, election as of 9:30 p.m. Tuesday. State initiatives include statewide totals. Only contested races are listed. For other races or updated ballot counts, go to http://results.vote.wa.gov/results/20151103/whatcom/. The Whatcom County Auditor’s Office will certify official results by Nov. 24.

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State Measures

Initiative 1366

Tim Eyman proposal to decrease sales tax unless legislators put on the ballot a state constitutional amendment requiring “supermajorities”

Yes

478,817

No

407,826

Initiative 1401

Makes selling or trading animal parts derived from certain exotic, endangered creatures a crime

Yes

632,094

No

259,206

County Measures

Prop. 2015-1 Jail tax

Imposes sales tax of 20 cents per $100 purchase for constructing and operating new jail

Yes

19,701

No

19,122

County Charter Amendments

Prop. 1

Approves district-only voting for Whatcom County Council

Yes

21,122

No

17,844

Prop. 2

Limits council power to undo charter amendments approved by two-thirds of voters

Yes

20,156

No

18,265

Prop. 3

Limits council power to undo district-only voting should it pass

Yes

20,117

No

18,141

Prop. 4

Word limit for citizen-sponsored changes to county rules increases from 20 to 40

Yes

31,650

No

6,064

Prop. 5

Requires fewer signatures on petitions for citizens to put county-rule changes on the ballot

Yes

19,294

No

18,623

Prop. 6

Requires fewer signatures on petitions for citizens to put charter amendments on the ballot

Yes

22,995

No

14,895

Prop. 7

Imposes term limits for county executive and council members

Yes

26,613

No

11,485

Prop. 8

Allows minor parties on the Districting Commission

Yes

16,483

No

19,664

Prop. 9

Creates five Whatcom County Council districts instead of current three

Yes

20,772

No

17,646

Prop. 10

Requires supermajority of Charter Review Commission votes to put item on ballot

Yes

19,838

No

17,880

Whatcom County Offices

Executive

Jack Louws

25,508

Joy Gilfilen

10,311

Council Dist. 1 Pos. B

Todd Donovan

20,414

Bruce Ayers

16,951

Council Dist. 2 Pos. B

Satpal Sidhu

19,318

Kathy Kershner

19,332

Port of Bellingham

Commissioner Dist. 3

Robert (Bobby) Briscoe

20,575

Gary S. Jensen

16,884

City of Ferndale

Prop. 2015-1 Park district

Creates metropolitan park district to increase property taxes for building and maintaining parks and trails

Yes

751

No

1,181

Mayor

Jon Mutchler

1,094

Cathy Watson

1,053

Council Pos. 3

Keith M. Olson

1,226

Glenn Stewart

639

Council Pos. 4

Paul S. Ingram

959

Teresa N. Taylor

990

Bellingham School District

Director, Pos. 2

Quenby Peterson

10,944

Jono Manion

3,897

Blaine School District

Director Dist. 3

Joan Lotze

1,779

Russ Schutt

825

Whatcom County Fire Protection Dist. 1

Prop. 2015-1 Restoring regular property tax levy

Authorizes regular property tax levy of $1.40 per $1,000 assessed value

Yes

855

No

740

Whatcom County Fire Protection Dist. 4

Commissioner Pos. 1

Harry W. Andrews

1,278

Peter H. Arkison

270

Whatcom County Fire Protection Dist. 5

Commissioner Pos. 1

Stan Riffle

128

Judson Meraw

89

Whatcom County Fire Protection Dist. 11

Prop. 2015-1 EMS levy

Imposes regular property tax levy of 39 cents or less per $1,000 assessed value for emergency medical services

Needs a minimum of 212 overall votes cast and 60 percent approval to pass.

Yes

203

No

72

Whatcom County Fire Protection Dist. 14

Prop. 2015-1 Property tax levy

Authorizes regular property tax levy of $1.30 per $1,000 assessed value

Yes

510

No

394

Whatcom County Fire Protection Dist. 17

Prop. 2015-1 Property tax levy

Authorizes regular property tax levy of $1.45 per $1,000 assessed value

Yes

223

No

137

Whatcom County Fire Protection Dist. 21

Commissioner Dist. 1

Dean Whitney

2,234

John Crawford

2,531

South Whatcom Fire Authority

Commisioner Dist. 1

Tom Ekdahl

401

Brian Martin

1,667

Commissioner Dist. 4

Stefen Paige

1,270

John B. Parks

720

Whatcom County Water Dist. 13

Commissioner Pos. 5

Phil Cloward

59

Jeff Larsen

60

Columbia Valley Water District

Commissioner Pos. 1

Richard Banel

92

Gerry Zimmerman

92

Point Roberts Water District 4

Commissioner Pos. 3

Arthur S. Reber

127

Wayne Knowles

92

Lynden Regional Park and Recreation Dist. 3

Commissioner Pos. 5

Barbara Daley

1,252

Hank Roorda

2,488

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