The Whatcom County Republican Party issued the following press release today:

BELLINGHAM: Our 42nd district Senator, Doug Ericksen has stepped up to support the new administration’s transition team, which can be nothing but a boon to Whatcom County citizens. Whatcom Republicans are resolved to support Senator Ericksen, and we believe a recall is purely partisan political posturing.

Doug Ericksen has served for 18 years (12 years in the State House and 6 years in the State Senate).  Doug has performed admirably to preserve agriculture and industry in Whatcom County translating to protecting jobs in our area.

Doug continues to perform and complete his duties as our 42nd Legislative District Senator.  The Energy, Environment panel is ahead of schedule and under budget and has passed nine bills as of Thursday morning (February 9th).  The total bills passed year to date is 21.   Doug has been in attendance for public hearings and voted on the senate floor when necessary.

The GOP-led Majority Coalition Caucus introduced the first complete, ready-for-voting solution proposed by lawmakers since the state Supreme Court ruling in McCleary v. Washington which will not only result in full state-level funding of public schools, but also addresses factors that formerly had made the K-12 system inequitable for students, teachers and taxpayers.

Doug’s appointment to the Trump Administration is a great opportunity to complement his state service and serve us at the national level, which will benefit Whatcom County and Washington State.

Discussion - 15 Comments
  1. Theresa Sygitowicz

    Feb 10, 2017  at 3:53 pm

    I support Sen. Doug Ericksen. Other legislators have other jobs. It would discrimination not to Sen. Ericksen the same opportunity.

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  2. Cheri King

    Feb 10, 2017  at 3:53 pm

    We are so blessed to have him representing us in both positions. I know that Doug will work hard for us in both positions.

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  3. Denise Baker

    Feb 10, 2017  at 3:53 pm

    Other legislators have additional jobs while carrying out their duties as well. I agree with the previous commentator to have a different requirement of Mr. Erickson would be discriminatory.
    Mr. Erickson was elected to serve in our state. A recall effort gives the appearance of trying to change our representation to an official some may hope has a different party affiliation.

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  4. Beth insera

    Feb 11, 2017  at 3:53 pm

    Politicians shouldn’t be allowed to miss 75% of their job duties and still get paid. What other job allows this? It is this kind of behavior that makes people dislike politicians.

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    • Charlie Crabtree

      Feb 11, 2017  at 3:53 pm

      Sen Kevin Ranker takes over $100,000 from contractors over the course of a year. Its posted on his annual report. Many many times I have seen his absence on the same envirnomental committee you are talking about. Check the PDC and get a copy of his F-1

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  5. Kathy Kershner

    Feb 11, 2017  at 3:53 pm

    Doug Ericksen is more than capable of serving his constituents in Washington State as well as serving in a temporary position in the Trump administration. I’m proud that he has been chosen to serve and has stepped up to the plate to help Make America Great Again. Thank you Doug!

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  6. Judy Criscuola

    Feb 12, 2017  at 3:53 pm

    I completely support Senator Ericksen! I have confidence that he can do both jobs very well.
    Judy Criscuola

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  7. Jen Hampton

    Feb 12, 2017  at 3:53 pm

    I would love to know how, specifically, his working for the EPA is a boon for our district. I also can’t understand how someone is doing their job when they aren’t there.
    I have held two jobs at once but was required to be there to perform my duties. I would have to say that a portion of his time he could be remotely performed but this seems in execess.
    I am seeking to understand but so far have not been given evidence to help me rally behind Senator Erickson on this matter.

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  8. Leanne Stogsdill

    Feb 12, 2017  at 3:53 pm

    If Senator Ericksen were to resign his seat he would be replaced by another Republican selected by the party until the next election. To fail to mention this important fact is misleading.

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  9. Jim DeLaHunt

    Feb 12, 2017  at 3:53 pm

    Doug Ericksen should choose one of his jobs and give up the other. Right now, he’s letting down both the state and the 42nd district. If he gives up the Senate seat, then my understanding is you in the Whatcom GOP will get to nominate a set of three Republican replacements. The one chosen from that set will hopefully be willing to concentrate on getting the job done for this district. — WA-42 voter.

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  10. Katrina Lyon

    Feb 12, 2017  at 3:53 pm

    As a citizen of the 42nd LD, I find it troubling that Senator Ericksen is multi-tasking our representation. It’s hard to believe that our district will be given the focus it deserves, when he has the opportunity to make an impression at the national level. We are paying him a salary for a full-time commitment, but we are getting half (at best) of his time.

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    • Karl Uppiano

      Feb 12, 2017  at 3:53 pm

      I work a day job, and volunteer for civic projects in my off hours. It seems to work just fine. And if need be, I have VPN, remote desktop, GoToMeeting, Skype, Google Hangouts, so I can work remotely. So I think the Senator can manage this temporary task. I think the thing that bothers most naysayers is that Senator Ericksen might apply his conservative principles to the EPA. Me, I’m thrilled at the prospect.

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  11. Kenyon Andres

    Feb 23, 2017  at 3:53 pm

    Doug Ericksen literally missed a conference about how he might manage having both jobs. Even with sincere dedication to both he is not fully in control of his schedule and it has already impacted his work and service to the people of Whatcom county.

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    • Karl Uppiano

      Feb 24, 2017  at 3:53 pm

      Nothing is perfect, including working two jobs for the price of one. However, we live in an age of telecommuting, remote access and video conferencing. This should be very doable, unless people are just looking for ways to make sure it cannot work.

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  12. Michelle Hughes

    Feb 24, 2017  at 3:53 pm

    I believe Doug mentioned that he is paying for his plane tickets to D.C. each week and that he had not received any pay for his time at the EPA transition. Is this true? If so, then we (his constituents) are actually paying for the plane tickets and we are paying for him to be absent from his actual job in Olympia. As a resident of the 42nd, this does not sit right with me.

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