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Whatcom Republicans seek committeewoman

The Whatcom County Republican Party will hold an election on June 14 to replace Lynden resident Luanne Van Werven as state committeewoman for the county.

Van Werven, current vice chair of the state Republican Party and runner-up for state chair in August 2013, will give up her post as the county's state committeewoman so she can focus on her campaign for state representative. Van Werven seeks the seat to be vacated by Jason Overstreet, R-Lynden. All three legislative seats in the 42nd District are held by Republicans.

Van Werven will appear on the Aug. 5 primary ballot with fellow Republican Bill Knutzen, most recently a Whatcom County council member; Democrat Satpal Sidhu; and Libertarian Nick Kunkel.

Here's a press release from the Whatcom Repbulicans on Van Werven's decision to step down and how the party will fill the vacancy:

Luanne Van Werven, former Chair of the Whatcom Republicans, Vice Chair of the Washington State Republican Party and current candidate for the 42nd District house seat has resigned as the State Committeewoman so that she can focus her full attention on her campaign.  The leadership team will miss her ideas, support and hard work she has done on the officers board.

In accordance with our Bylaws we sent a notice last Friday to our Central Committee announcing an election to fill the open Central Committee Officer position.  We will be holding an election at the regularly scheduled Central Committee Meeting on Saturday June 14th at Meridian High School 314 W Laurel Road Bellingham, WA.  The meeting begins at  10:00 AM.  It will be preceded by an Executive Board Meeting beginning at 9:15 AM.

This election will be for an unexpired term so the winner will serve until the December 2014 reorganization meeting where the position will be filled as per our bylaws. Anyone interested in running for State Committeewoman can notify the party at info@whatcomgop.com or call Jan Brown @ 360-734-5215.

From Luanne:

It is with mixed emotions that I submit my resignation as State Committeewoman of Whatcom Republicans, effective today. Serving you in this position has been a privilege and absolute pleasure.

As you may know I have accepted the challenge of running for the open State Representative position in the 42nd District. You may also know that when I accept a challenge I pursue it with vigor and determination. Therefore, I am resigning my position as State Committeewoman so I can fully dedicate my time to running my campaign. I am excited about serving the Republican Party in a new capacity as a State Representative for the 42nd District.

Lastly, I want to say thank you to (county party chairman) Charlie (Crabtree) and the leadership team of Whatcom Republicans. With single-minded resolve we have built the party into a strong and respected organization. I am proud of our accomplishments and look forward to many future successes.

I am very excited about the direction of Whatcom Republicans and know I leave it the best of hands.


Luanne Van Werven

Candidate for State Representative, 42nd District