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The November 2018 General Election is Critical

42nd Legislative Incumbent Candidates

Senator Doug Ericksen

Born and raised in Whatcom County, Doug Ericksen has been bringing hometown values and solutions to Olympia since 1998.   After serving six terms in the House, he was elected to the Senate in 2010. Senator Ericksen represents Whatcom County’s 42nd District, from Bellingham to the Canadian border

Senator Ericksen is ranking minority member on the Senate Energy, Environment and Technology Committee. He also serves on the Higher Education and Workforce Development Committee. His legislative priorities include providing solutions to keep energy prices low, create jobs and enhance our quality of life.

Representative Vincent Buys

Vincent is serving his fourth term representing the 42nd District, which includes most of Whatcom County. Vincent grew up on a dairy farm outside of Lynden and graduated from Bellingham Technical College. He has studied abroad in Europe and participated in missions to Africa, Mexico and Haiti. He currently owns and operates Dutchman Construction in Lynden. He previously worked for Intel and Horizon Air.

In addition to his House committees, Vincent also serves on the Washington State Building Code Council and the Capital Projects Advisory Review Board.


Representative Luanne Van Werven

Luanne represents the 42nd Legislative District, which includes much of Whatcom County.

Whether she is in Olympia or Whatcom County, Luanne is fighting for economic vitality and more job opportunities for Washingtonians, because the health of our community is dependent on a strong and functional economy.

After the 2016 legislative session she received the Guardian of Small Business Award from the National Federation of Independent Business for her 100 percent voting record in support of small business issues.

40th Legislative Candidate

Michael Petrish – Legislative District Representative, Position 1, Republican

Michael Petrish is running as a candidate in the upcoming 2018 race for the State 40th Legislative District House Representative Seat. Michael Petrish is a member of the SCRP and lives in Anacortes.  Michael is a staunch believer in the Constitution and Bill of Rights.


Judge – Court of Appeals

Tom SeGuine – Judge Division 1, District 3, Republican

Over 28 years Practicing Attorney in northwest Washington. 17 years as Prosecutor in Skagit, San Juan, and Whatcom Counties. 10 years private practice, mixed litigation of civil and criminal case. Litigated close to 50 appellate matters since 2007 in private practice.


Whatcom County Council

Mike Peetoom – At Large Position – Position B, Non-Partisan

Mike is a volunteer firefighter, a Birch Bay Chamber of Commerce Director, and owns two local businesses along with his wife Christie. Mike and Christie have been married for 11 years. They have two children who are in the 3rd and 5th grades.


U.S. Senator

Susan Hutchison

Susan Hutchison – Former Republican State Chair

Susan Sylvester Hutchison is a former television news journalist, former Chair of the Seattle Symphony, former executive director of the Charles Simonyi Fund for the Arts & Sciences, and former Chair of the Washington State Republican Party. She is a former television news anchor and a candidate for the United States Senate in the State of Washington.

U.S. Congressman

Jeffrey Beeler — U.S. House of Representatives — District 1

Focus on Healthcare, Immigration, and Deficit/Taxes. Three time Sultan city council member.  Elected in 2014 – 2015 by the cities in Snohomish County to serve on the Puget Sound Regional Council Transportation Policy Board as the representative for cities in Snohomish County.   Elected in 2016 by the cities in Snohomish County to serve on the Snohomish County LEOFF 1 Board to represent small cities in Snohomish County.

Discussion - 19 Comments
  1. William LaFreniere

    Jul 11, 2018  at 11:41 pm

    Interesting that the WCRP is endorsing Mike Peetomb for the County council at large position since there was a gentleman at the last Central committee meeting asking for party support. He was told ” this group has decided not to endorse any candidates for the at large position until AFTER the primary”. Who if anyone in leadership in our local party can be trusted? thanks, Bill L.


    • Karl Uppiano

      Jul 13, 2018  at 11:41 pm

      We have not endorsed anyone for the County Council at large position. There is a big difference between endorsement and support. Support is basically a recommendation or a preference. Endorsement provides access to our voter database, mailing lists, call centers, doorbelling, and possible financial contributions by the party. You can find this in our by-laws.


      • Kimberly Riley

        Aug 30, 2018  at 11:41 pm

        And people let you get away with that answer? You support, therefore you endorse.


        • Karl Uppiano

          Aug 31, 2018  at 11:41 pm

          False. I just described how we define the terms, and how that affects our operation and type of access to resources via our by-laws.

          Incidentally, since the primary, Mike Peetoom has requested, and received our full endorsement, which fully entitles him to all of the resources that we make available to candidates.


  2. Essie Jackson

    Jul 12, 2018  at 11:41 pm

    Will we receive voting in the mail, so we can vote, or do we have to call and ask for this?


    • Karl Uppiano

      Jul 13, 2018  at 11:41 pm

      Ballots will be mailed to all registered voters on July 18th, for the primary election on August 7th.


  3. Brad Jones

    Jul 24, 2018  at 11:41 pm

    What about court of appeals div 1 district 3 judge position 1


    • Karl Uppiano

      Jul 24, 2018  at 11:41 pm

      Whatcom Republicans haven’t officially taken a stand for this position, but several individual Whatcom Republicans have said they’re voting for Tom Seguine. He is running to be Judge for the Washington State Court of Appeals Division One, District Three.


  4. j m

    Jul 25, 2018  at 11:41 pm

    U.S. Representative Congressional District 1 ?


  5. Bonny Ledrsy

    Jul 26, 2018  at 11:41 pm

    Thank you so much Whatcom Rebuklicans for posting endorsements ! I use to wait in anticipation of the yellow post cards you would mail ! Really helps weed through all the info that is out there ! I have read all about the candidates for US rep congressional district 2 and can’t decide which candidate to vote for – some seem pretty “far out there” from my taste – any advice on this ?? Between Carlson, uncle mover, Luke , Bird, Larsen or Franco ?
    Thanks !


  6. Peter Werner

    Jul 30, 2018  at 11:41 pm

    Any advice relative to US Rep / Cngrsnl Dstrc 1? Beeler or Stafne ?


    • Karl Uppiano

      Aug 02, 2018  at 11:41 pm

      Just updated the article to include Beeler.


  7. Coleen

    Aug 02, 2018  at 11:41 pm

    County attorney?


  8. Anna

    Aug 06, 2018  at 11:41 pm

    I want the most conservative candidates. Ones that will hold up the U.S constitution.


  9. Denise Freeman

    Aug 07, 2018  at 11:41 pm

    Prosecuting attorney?


  10. Yvonne Goldsmith

    Sep 27, 2018  at 11:41 pm

    Is it true the Whatcom GOP is endorsing Eric Richey for County Prosecutor. What are the endorsements for all the different Initiatives? I need to get my yard signs ready for voters who come to our yard and park in our driveway while marking their ballots.
    Yvonne Goldsmith


    • Karl Uppiano

      Sep 29, 2018  at 11:41 pm

      Whatcom Republicans are making ‘No Recommendation’ on this race, as both candidates are Democrats.


  11. van trutanich

    Oct 17, 2018  at 11:41 pm

    hi , My name is Van Trutanich , and I am a registered Republican Bellingham resident but live in Costa Rica 90% of the year and I was hoping you can send me a list of the November 2018 election , republican candidates . unfortunately I am not in current touch with the upcoming election and who is running , I do a mail in ballot and would like to know who is running . the sample ballot I have does not say Republican or Democrat and do not want to vote a Democrat in thanks van


  12. William

    Nov 06, 2018  at 11:41 pm

    Thank you so much for being there for us Republican William l J


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