Ballots for primary elections arriving shortly

The ballots for the August 4 primary elections in Whatcom County will be mailed out on Wednesday, July 15.

Blaine and Birch Bay have candidates running for commissioner positions on the Blaine school district and the Port of Bellingham boards.

Three Birch Bay residents are vying for an open position on the school board. Joan Lotze, Jesse Creydt and Russ Schutt are each vying for the director district 3 seat on the school board. Lotze was appointed to the position in 2014 to replace Susan Holmes.

One Blaine resident is running for port commissioner. Bobby Briscoe, a local fisherman, is running to replace Jim Jorgenson, who will retire from the commission at the end of this year. He will face off against former Ferndale mayor Gary Jenson and businessman Lloyd Zimmerman.

Both the school board and port commissioner positions are nonpartisan seats with four-year terms.

The deadline for new voters to register is 4:30 p.m. on July 27. Only in-person registration for new voters is accepted.

The primary election will take place on August 4. The general election will be held on November 3. For more information, visit the Whatcom County Auditor’s website at

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