County executive Kremen will not seek re-election

Published on Wed, May 25, 2011 by Jeremy Schwartz

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Whatcom County executive Pete Kremen has announced that he will not seek re-election in the 2011 county elections. Kremen made the announcement in a letter released to Whatcom County Council and the public on Tuesday, May 24.

He cited ongoing struggles with hypertension as the main reason he will not enter a re-election bid for county executive.

“I have been looking forward to a vigorous debate on how Whatcom County will deal with the significant challenges we face,” Kremen wrote. “I am confident that others will have that debate – and I call on those who may choose to run to face the issues directly and honestly. The people of our community deserve that.”

Kremen worked in the broadcast news industry for 14 years and was elected to six consecutive terms as a Washington State Representative for the 42nd legislative district, from 1985 to 1995.

Kremen spoke at a recent Birch Bay Chamber of Commerce meeting where he fielded questions from the public on everything from the proposed Gateway Pacific Terminal to the new county jail.

Two candidates had stepped up to challenge Kremen for the county executive spot before he announced his intentions.
Thomas Anderson, who served as the general manager for Whatcom Public Utility District 1, announced his candidacy earlier this month while former Lynden mayor and Birch Bay resident Jack Louws put in his bid on Monday, May 23.

Click here for a PDF of Kremen's letter.