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Whatcom County Republican Party Nomination for State Senate Clarification

Whatcom County Republican Party Nomination for State Senate Clarification Statement | From The Candidate Development Committee as reported to the Executive Board and the Central Committee.

The unfortunate loss of Senator Doug Ericksen resulted in a series of events that led to an appointment to fill the seat January 2022. The criteria were set forth by the Executive Board of the WCRP. Over 80 individuals were considered by the Candidate Development Committee (CDC) of Whatcom County Republicans. The CDC narrowed down the selection based on the following commitments that were required to become one of the three nominees:

1. Immediate availability for the session which was to begin Jan 10 and fill the remaining one-year term.

2. A commitment to run for the four-year term, as the incumbent if they were appointed by the County Council.

3. Each candidate had to assure the CDC that there were no “background issues” that could cause a problem for them or the Republican Party.

4. Each candidate was asked that if not appointed by the County Council they would support the individual that was selected which included not running against the incumbent.

Candidates that could not make these commitments were removed from consideration. Candidates were also interviewed and considered based on their position on various issues and ability to communicate their beliefs in support of the Republican platform.

The three individuals, Tasha Dykstra Thompson, Ben Elenbaas, and Simon Sefzik all made the above commitments to the Republican Party and were the nominees forwarded to the County Council which made the final selection. On January 11, Simon Sefzik was chosen and sworn in as Senator for the 42nd District.

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Jul 01, 2022

Weak arguments and complaining Austin. Why don’t you acknowledge that Ben Elenbaas broke his promise to our Party?


Unknown member
Jun 10, 2022

Why does Simon's mom get to write this “clarification” and why does Simon's paid campaign manager get to post it here on the GOP’s website? Is that not a conflict of interest? The desire for control and obsession with people falling into line isn’t a good look and it risks tearing the party apart.

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Jun 20, 2022
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I have no role with the party. You do. And you’re using your role with the party to promote the candidate who pays you. That doesn’t look great.


Unknown member
Jun 10, 2022

Come on guys…this is silly. Let the voters decide.

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