WHATCOM — More than 11,000 households in north-county Fire Protection District 21 have been mailed a supplement to the local Voters Guide to make up for an omission in it.
A candidate’s statement and photo for Dean Berkeley, fire commissioner up for election, was not included in the main 24-page edition.
County Auditor Debbie Adelstein says the confusion began when Berkeley filed for his Position 3. He filed twice during the May filing week, on Wednesday and on Friday, she said.
“When he entered his statement, he did it on the second filing, but we did not receive it,” the auditor said. “We had received the Wednesday filing and there was no statement attached.”
Berkeley received an automatic reply from the state of Washington that his information would be in the Voters Guide, triggered by his Friday filing, she said.
Upon learning of the confusion, the County Auditor’s Office worked with the candidate to get this supplemental mailing out already on July 19.
Fire District 21, also known as North Whatcom Fire & Rescue, takes in Blaine and Birch Bay and stretches across the north county to halfway between Lynden and Everson, but excluding Lynden which has its own fire department.
Challenging Berkeley for the six-year term are Kathy Berg and Scott Fischer. All three claim residency in the Blaine area.