Ferndale-area woman with business degree has been active with youth
WHATCOM — Jennifer Sefzik, a small business owner and high school debate coach, announced last week she will run for a Washington State House of Representatives seat from the 42nd District.
She will challenge for Position 2, won by Sharon Shewmake, D-Bellingham, in 2018.
“I love Whatcom County,” Sefzik said. “But I don’t love the direction our state is headed because of the influence of extremist Seattle politicians.”
The Ferndale-area resident said she decided to run against first-term Democrat Shewmake after being frustrated by the “disconnect” between Shewmake and county voters.
“We don’t need a legislator who represents Seattle,” said Sefzik. “If elected, I’ll represent Whatcom County residents. I will oppose tax increases that affect everyone’s bottom line and prosperity. I will fight against diverting transportation dollars from our local roads and bridges to fund Seattle mass transit. And I will stand solidly with the will of the voters who demanded $30 car tabs.”
Her greatest strength, Sefzik says, is seeing the best in people and helping them use their abilities to contribute to worthwhile endeavors building up communities.
“I have a passion for connecting people with great ideas,” she said. “That’s what I am excited to bring to Olympia.”
Jennifer Sefzik organized and led debate clubs locally and across the state and has coached hundreds of students in local, state and national competitions.
“It is so inspiring to teach young adults to research, think logically, and communicate well,” said Sefzik. “It gives them unique skills in today’s job market. It’s been one of the great joys of my life to watch students’ lives be transformed through this activity.”
Jennifer and her husband, Roger, have been married 34 years and have three grown children. Jennifer has a business degree in marketing from Texas A&M University. For 20 years, she worked in sales and marketing until retiring to direct and coach high school speech and debate.
Sefzik is active in the county Republican party, currently in the post of state committee woman.
She is endorsed by Rep. Luanne VanWerven in 42nd District Position 1.