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Whatcom County - Council District 4

Whatcom County - Council District 4 - Nonpartisan Office - 4 year term

Endorsed Candidates: Mark Stremler and Kathy Kershner

*Listed in the order that they appear in the voter guide statement and on the ballot

Mark Stremler

Elected Experience: I’m a first time candidate, running to serve you, the people of Whatcom County. Other Professional Experience: After owning Stremler Dairy for 12 years, I became a general contractor, working on farms and homes throughout Whatcom County. I'm currently employed with Whatcom County Public Works. Education: Ebenezer Christian grades 1-8; graduated from Lynden Christian High. Community Service: For 13 years my wife and I were licensed foster parents to over a hundred children. We represented the dairy industry as 1989 Whatcom County Dairy Family and 1990 Washington State Dairy Family. I served on various church advisory boards, as well as in music and youth group ministries. Statement: Hi, I'm Mark Stremler. As your district 4 candidate, I am dedicated to restoring affordability, preserving our heritage, and advancing responsible development. As a lifetime resident of Whatcom County, I’ve witnessed the challenges we face, including the unwarranted rise in our property taxes resulting most recently from Proposition 5. You deserve a representative who will protect your values and interests. Growing up on a fourth generation farm in Lynden, I understand the unique challenges of agriculture and water rights. I’m devoted to re-establishing the conservative values that have driven the prosperity of District 4. Responsible development is essential for our future. I believe in balancing growth, sustainability, and community well- being. By supporting local businesses, attracting new industries, and creating jobs, we can drive economic growth while preserving our resources and County character. By prioritizing affordability and addressing escalating housing costs, we can secure a prosperous future for our community. Together, let's build a thriving economy that works for you, the people of Whatcom County. As your advocate, I will be your unwavering voice on the County Council. Thank you for voting to establish a brighter future for our County and generations to come. For More Information: (360) 851-1776

Kathy Kershner

Elected Experience: Current Whatcom County Council member - 8 years; Chair, Finance and Administrative Services Committee; Chair, Public Works and Health Committee; Board Member - Northwest Regional Council, North Sound Behavioral Health, Whatcom Council of Governments, Developmental Disabilities; Business and Commerce Advisory Committee.

Other Professional Experience: U.S. Navy Officer, retired – 22 Years. Business owner evaluating state-funded programs enabling adults with developmental disabilities lead safe, independent lives – 19 Years. Partnered in human service agency with a 22 million budget. Education: Bachelor of Science, Family Resources, University of Hawaii Community Service: Past Chair – Whatcom County Republican Party; YES – Safe Jail, Healthy Outcomes; Aging Well Whatcom Committee Statement: You deserve an experienced, steady, crisis-tested voice, ever vigilant and working on your behalf. I’m seeking re-election to continue providing you with smart, effective, accountable, and fiscally responsible representation in your local government. I’m inspired every day by the acts of kindness, grace, and strength seen across our community. These are enduring hometown values at the heart of Whatcom County. I’m a dedicated public servant who honors these values and fights for you. My priorities are simple: to put you first and solve our problems. This means being a leader who listens, understands, and represents you and doesn’t waste your time or money. Public safety should be the No. 1 priority of local government because we all deserve to feel safe in our communities. That’s why I added 10 deputy positions to the Sheriff’s department and improved our emergency response countywide. I voted to protect jobs at Cherry Point and remain focused on increasing access to senior housing, transportation, and support services. My endorsements include Lynden Mayor Scott Korthuis, Marv Enfield (Enfield Farms), Port Commissioner Ken Bell, Sheriff Bill Elfo, and 200+ additional community leaders. I humbly ask for your vote so I may continue to serve you. Thank you. For More Information: (360) 220-7535

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