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We are under two weeks away from Whatcom County's filing week - the week candidates file to run for office! If you are considering or planning to run for office in 2023, please fill out the form at the link below.

I will be following up with everyone who fills out the form and using the information you provide to determine what future trainings and resources to prioritize, so please take the time to fill it out and let me know if you have any questions!

This year the following seats are up for election:

  • County Executive

  • County Council (4, 5, At-Large B)

  • County Assessor

  • County Auditor

  • County Treasurer

  • Sheriff

  • Port Commissioner

  • Bellingham Mayor

  • City Council Seats in every jurisdiction

  • School Board positions in every jurisdiction

  • Fire Districts

  • Water Districts

  • Water and Sewer Districts

  • Cemetery Districts

  • and more!

If you're not planning to run for office this year, here are some other ways to take action:

  1. Forward this email to two people you'd like to see run for office!

  2. Fill out the form below to let us know that you'd like to volunteer on a campaign!

  3. Stay tuned for election updates and opportunities to volunteer!

Thank you,

Patricia Mullett

WCRP Political Director

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It was an honor to have Julie Hartman this year at our Lincoln Day Gala!

Be sure to check out her show! Timeless with Julie Hartman

Julie Hartman was born and raised in Los Angeles. She graduated cum laude from Harvard University in 2022 with a major in History and a minor in Government. As a sophomore, she won the History Department’s William S. Ferguson Prize for her essay on Patrice Lumumba’s assassination. During the summer of 2021, she appeared weekly on The Dennis Prager Show, a nationally syndicated daily talk radio show produced and distributed by the Salem Media Group. In August 2021 at the age of 21, Julie guest-hosted three-hour broadcasts of The Dennis Prager Show and The Mike Gallagher Show, becoming the youngest person ever to guest host a nationally-syndicated talk radio or TV program. She is now a regular guest host for all of Salem’s nationally syndicated talk radio shows. Julie has also been published in The Wall Street Journal, The Epoch Times, and The Daily Wire. Her senior speech at Harvard, delivered in May of 2022, has – across two videos – garnered over 800,000 views. Julie now co-hosts a weekly show with Dennis Prager, Dennis and Julie, and in late November 2022 she launched her own three times weekly show, Timeless with Julie Hartman. Timeless offers a fact-rich presentation of news, history, and other human endeavors as well as conversations with guests on an unexpected variety of memorable topics. Links Dennis & Julie Timeless with Julie Hartman Harvard Senior Speech Wall Street Journal editorial "Harvard Students are Covid Sheep" Epoch Times editorial "Wake Up America: Soon Is the Winter of Our Discontent" The Daily Wire editorial "The Center is Vanishing: Two Americas Form as Political Chasm Grows" ‘The Center Is Vanishing’: Two Americas Form As Political Chasm Grows | The Daily Wire

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I trust that all of you had a wonderful Christmas time with your families, and I wish the very best for all of you this coming New Year.

This letter is my first as your newly elected Chairman and I want to share with you what has occurred since the Organization Meeting elections earlier this month. The Officers have met twice so far prior to taking the Christmas holidays off to be with our families. We have spent some time getting to know one another and then dove right in to discussing the Chairman’s vision that I shared with you in my Biography letter when campaigning for the position, and what will be our strategies and priorities moving our Party forward in 2023​. I have been in contact with Caleb Heimlich, State Party Chairman, and he and I will be meeting after the first of the year. Next month State Committeeman Dan Robbins, State Committeewoman TawshaDyktsra, and I will be attending the State Committee meeting in Wenatchee, an information sharing, breakout sessions and strategy planning weekend for the entire Party, and to elect our State Chairman.

Here at home I am in process of identifying good Chair candidates for appointment to our Committees as required in our By-Laws. Several of those will be discussed at our Central Committee meeting in January.

During our first two Officer’s meetings we began prioritizing the appointment of Chair positions and Event planning. One of our highest priority objectives is to improve and enhance the “Brand” identity of the Republican Party, who we are, what we believe, why we believe it, and why it is the best way of life for our community. That will be accomplished through a year round Communication Committee led by a Chair and Vice Chair. It is a very important responsibility and will require a great deal of dedication. We have let the Democrats brand us and control the message to the public for far too long. Those days are over. Also, I am pursuing a Fund Raising Committee Chairman and have a few meetings already scheduled for that. Our highest visibility fund raising event is the Lincoln Day Dinner. It will be held on Friday April 14th at the Ferndale Events Center. Typically we hold that earlier in the year, but affordable event locations and our caterer were not available until then. We have already been organizing the team to begin our preparations. Our next very high visibility event is the Northwest Washington Fair in Lynden next August, I plan to have the full volunteer team in place by the first of March and have the entire Fair presentation plan in place by the end of May, led by a Chairman and a Vice Chairman that will put together our Fair Team. We are looking into hiring a Political Director for the upcoming 2023 election season, a person that will work in concert with the Candidate Development Committee. Additionally, a new strategy that we will be putting in place this year is a Forums and Issues event, to be held at the VFW Hall in Lynden as a brand messaging and public education and topical presentation meeting. Initially planned at 2 month intervals, sooner if we can arrange for good speakers and moderators more frequently.


By approval through vote of the PCO's, the following 2023 calendar year meeting schedules are hereby proposed by the Chairman:

Central Committee meetings. Beginning on Thursday January 12th 2023 meetings will be held on the second Thursday of each month from 6:00pm to 8:00pm at the VFW Hall 7011 Hannegan Rd, Lynden, WA 98264

Executive Board meetings will be held four times next year, once per quarter. Meetings will be held from 6:00pm to 8:00pm at the VFW Hall

7011 Hannegan Rd, Lynden, WA 98264

Q-1 February 2nd 2023

Q-2 May 4th 2023

Q-3 August 1st 2023

Q-4 November 2nd 2023

I am looking forward to our working together to serve our Party and our community. To all of our PCO’s elected for the first time this year, my congratulations and welcome aboard! To all of our returning PCO’s, welcome back, and thank you very much for your hard work and dedication.


Larry McDonough

WCRP Chairman

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