Citizens seek election to county council

Published on Wed, Apr 10, 2013
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Kathy Kershner will be seeking re-election to the Whatcom County District 1 seat she won in 2009. 

Kershner is the current chair of Whatcom County Council, the Flood Control District board of supervisors and the board of health. She also serves on the Northwest Regional Council and the North Sound Mental Health advisory board, which she chaired for two years.

Kershner is a retired Navy veteran, small business owner and advocate for people with disabilities and seniors. She lives in Bellingham with her husband, John, and nine-year-old son, Jake.

Her campaign office may be reached by phone at 220-7535 or email at

Rud Browne, an entrepreneur who built a local high-tech business will be seeking the Whatcom County Council at-large seat this fall.

Browne is no stranger to civic engagement. He’s been a member of the county ethics commission, Whatcom Community Foundation, Bellingham Public Development Authority, Brigid Collins Child Abuse and Family Support Center, the Rotary and Bellingham City Club.

Browne will officially kick off his campaign April 17, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Mount Baker Theatre’s Encore Room, 104 N. Commercial Street, Bellingham.

Carl Weimer has announced his intention to run again for Whatcom County Council district 3 seat. 

Weimer, 59, has lived in Whatcom County for 29 years. During his time on the county council he served two years as council chairman. Weimer is also the executive director of the national Pipeline Safety Trust, which came into being after the June 1999 pipeline tragedy in Bellingham. 

The U.S. Secretary of Transportation appointed him to the national Technical Hazardous Liquid Pipeline Safety Standards committee, and he also serves on the steering committee for the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipelines and Informed Planning Alliance.