Tuesday, the Whatcom County Council voted 4-to-2 to appoint Simon Sefzik of Ferndale for the 42nd legislative district in the Washington State Legislature.
Sefzik replaces Doug Ericksen, who died on Dec. 17. He was 52.
During the interview process, Sefzik said his priority as state senator would be flood relief.
“We need to make sure those who need help right now can get the help through both empowering our local officials and through ensuring those in Olympia can do everything we can to take care of those who need it,” he said.