According to the state Public Disclosure Commission this afternoon (Tuesday, Feb. 17), three incumbents for county offices de facto announced their intent to seek re-election this year by filing their candidate registration (C1) forms with PDC.
Executive Jack Louws and Auditor Debbie Adelstein filed to run for second terms. Sheriff Bill Elfo, who will have served 13 years at the end of this year, would like to hold the job for another four years.
It’s early to be measuring the candidates’ campaign contributions, but it should be noted that Louws already has three maximum-dollar contributions for the August primary, from three businesses that share the same Ferndale P.O. Box: Louws Truss, Inc.; Component Systems Engineering, LLC; and Jelco, LLC. Louws Truss and Jelco are licensed Washington corporations that list Louws as the registered agent. A search of the Secretary of State’s database of corporations came up empty for “Component Systems Engineering,” but the office says in a disclaimer that its information may not be current or accurate.
With the three donations and a $2,000 loan, Louws already has $4,850 in his campaign coffer.
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Other county races up for election this year include three seats on the council — those currently held by Barbara Brenner, Sam Crawford and Pete Kremen. Crawford is resigning on March 1 and won’t seek re-election.
County treasurer (currently Steve Oliver) and assessor (Keith Willnauer) are also on this year’s Whatcom ballot.
Kremen, Brenner, Oliver and Willnauer haven’t tipped their hands yet.
While this PDC form often stands as the first sign of a candidate’s intent to run, the week for filing to be on the ballot is May 11-15.