Diana Bradrick.

Mayor, three council positions up for election this year in Lynden

WHATCOM ­—  County Auditor Debbie Adelstein is retiring at the end of her current second term, and she backs her chief deputy to replace her in the elected office.

The announcement serves to kick off a year — the odd-numbered ones, such as 2019 — that will be full of local positions up for election. 

Diana Bradrick sent out her notice last week that she is running for the four-year position, and she immediately had the support of her boss.

“There is no one more qualified to fill this position and carry on the strength and integrity of our office,” Adelstein said of Bradrick.

In her statement, Bradrick says that she would be honored to serve as Whatcom County Auditor and would continue to lead the office in “exceptional customer service providing responsive, transparent and accessible election, recording and licensing services.”

Bradrick is a national- and state-certified election administrator and a nationally certified recorder with over 28 years of experience in all aspects of county auditor operations.  She has served in county elections administration through two presidential elections, a census redistricting effort, and numerous recounts including three hand recounts in 2018.

Bradrick says that she is a proven professional with a reputation as an unbiased, nonpartisan expert. In 2018 Bradrick won the 2018 Election Employee of the Year award of the Secretary of State. She currently serves as co-chair of the state Auditor’s Association Legislative Committee.

She has sought to use innovation and technology to gain efficiencies in the Whatcom Auditor’s office. She headed up getting state-of-the-art systems in the recording and elections divisions. She has also increased public access to recorded documents through a multi-year historic records project.

She wants to keep up cross-training between divisions to increase flexibility and customer service. Active at the state and national levels in her career, she brings perspectives and best practices observed through these associations. 

Bradrick has an MBA from Portland State University, is vice-president of her homeowners association and is a member of the Cordata Neighborhood Association. 

Adelstein said she will be 71 by retirement at the end of this year, wrapping up 21 total years working in the County Courthouse. She had been in the County Executive’s Office under Pete Kremen and then was a recording and licensing supervisor and overall chief deputy in the Auditor’s Office.

Among offices that will be up for election in 2019 are:

  County — Executive, assessor, auditor, treasurer and sheriff, and three council positions.

  Lynden — Four council positions.

  Ferndale — Mayor and four council positions.

  Everson — Two council positions.

  Nooksack — Two council positions.

  Sumas — Two council positions.

  School Boards — At least three out of the five positions in the Ferndale, Lynden, Meridian, Mount Baker and Nooksack Valley school districts.

  Port Commission —  One position.

  District Court Judge — Two positions.