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Board Elections

Whatcom CD Board of Supervisor Election Information

Each Conservation District is governed by a board of five supervisors who are all local residents. Click HERE to meet our current board members. 

 

2022 Board of Supervisor Election

Whatcom Conservation District will hold a poll-site and mail-in ballot election for one seat on the District Board. Poll-site voting will be held on Tuesday, March 22, 2022 at the District’s office at 6975 Hannegan Road, Lynden. The poll-site will be open at 9:00 am and close at 6:00 pm. Mail-in ballots are available by request only. The deadline to request a mail-in ballot is 4:00 pm on February 8, 2022. Mailed ballots must be postmarked by March 22, 2022 or hand-delivered to the District office no later than 6 pm March 22, 2022.

Voters registered in Whatcom County are eligible to vote in the District election.

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All in-person ballots and mail-in ballots that were received by Tuesday, March 22, 2022 were delivered to the Whatcom County Auditor's Office Election Division for counting. Counting commenced on Wednesday, March 23, 2022 at 8:30 am.

Mail-in ballots postmarked by March 22, 2022 and received after March 22, 2022 will be delivered to the WC Elections Division for processing and counting on Tuesday, March 29, 2022.

Unofficial Preliminary Results* – 810 total ballots
(includes all mail-in and in-person ballots cast by 3/22/2022 and counted as of 3/23/2022)

Candidates

  • Valeri Wade – 525 votes

  • Write-in - 283 votes

  • Undervote - 2

(listed alphabetically by last name)

*All election results are unofficial until the election is certified by the Washington State Conservation Commission. Election certification will take place the regularly scheduled meeting of the Commission in May, 2022.

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Do you want to become a District Supervisor? 

The Whatcom Conservation District (WCD) is soliciting applications for Supervisors to –serve on the WCD Board of Directors, ensuring that its programs effectively meet the priority natural resource needs of Whatcom County.

  • The deadline to file as a candidate is January 7, 2022 at 4:00 p.m. 

  • Candidates for this seat must be registered voters residing in Whatcom County. 

 

To download the Candidate Application form click HERE

For more information on what a Supervisors/Board Members responsibilities see bottom of this page or click here

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2022 Candidates: bios linked below by Jan 11th

   

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Mail-in ballots are only available upon request.  The deadline to request a mail-in ballot is February 8, 2022 by 4:00 p.m.  

Voters can request ballots by phone (360) 526-2381 or by using the Whatcom Conservation District’s ballot request form here

For your privacy and to ensure your information is current, a new request for a mail-in ballot must be completed every election year.  

Your email addresses will be NOT be collected when you complete a ballot request.  NOTE:  You must ensure that all the information placed in the ballot request form is accurate before you hit the submit button or you may not receive a ballot.

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Ballots will be mailed to you early March, 2022.


If you have not received a ballot by March 10, 2022, please contact the WCD office at (360) 526-2381 x 101 for a replacement.  Requests for replacements cannot be honored after March 16.  

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Poll-site voting will be held on Tuesday, March 22, 2022 at the District’s office at 6975 Hannegan Road, Lynden. The poll-site will be open at 9:00 am and close at 6:00 pm. Poll Site balloting will be conducted consistent with state and local COVID pandemic protocols and safeguards.  Applicable COVID pandemic protocols and safeguards will be announced on the this election web page following the February 28, 2022 Board of Supervisors meeting.

If you requested a mail-in ballot, you have two options to return your completed ballot:

  1. Mail it in.  To be counted all mailed ballots must be postmarked on or before March 22, 2022.  NOTE:  not all mail is postmarked the day it is deposited with the post office due to changes to its mail-handling process.  

  2. Drop it off.  To be counted, all hand-delivered ballots must be dropped in the Whatcom Conservation District drop box at our office at 6975 Hannegan Rd, Lynden beside the front door on or before March 22, 2022 by 6:00 p.m.

 

NOTE: You will not be able to drop off your Supervisor Election ballot at any County election drop boxes.

 

If you have any questions regarding elections or serving on the Board, contact Dawn Bekenyi at wcd@whatcomcd.org or 360-526-2381 x 101.

 

All official updates will be posted only on this election webpage.

What is a Whatcom Conservation District Supervisor?

 

Each Conservation District is governed by a board of five supervisors who are all local residents. Click here to meet our current board members.


Supervisor Role & Responsibilities
  • Identify local natural resource conservation needs

  • Develop and evaluate Annual and Long-range plans.

  • Educate and inform landowners, farm operators, the general public, and local, state and federal legislators on conservation issues and programs.

  • Administer the District by delegating tasks through a structure of board officers and committees.

  • Budget district funds and report on activities to the public.

  • Set policy for District Executive Director to implement.

  • CD Supervisors are public officials who serve without compensation.

 

Time Required

A Supervisor’s term of office is three years. Supervisors are expected to attend 12 regularly scheduled board meetings per year, committee meetings, and other special meetings, for an average of 20 days/year.


Benefits
  • Serving your community by guiding programs to protect and enhance its natural resource priorities for present and future generations

  • Satisfaction in seeing conservation practices applied locally

  • Interaction with others who are passionate about natural resource conservation

  • Ability to provide input to local, State, and Federal conservation programs

  • Learning opportunities through the Washington Conservation Commission and the Washington Association of District Employees.