David Stalheim, former Whatcom County Planning Director and sometime Politics Blog commenter, has filed his candidacy for Whatcom County Executive, setting up a four-way scramble that also includes State Sen. Doug Ericksen, former Lynden mayor Jack Louws, and Tom Anderson, former general manager of Whatcom PUD.
Incumbent County Executive Pete Kremen is stepping down and seeking a seat on the County Council.
Stalheim left the county job about a year ago to accept a job as block grant program manager for the City of Bellingham.
UPDATE: Stalheim, 52, told me he won’t be taking leave from his city job, and will have to confine his campaigning to evenings, weekends and lunch hours.
He also says he thinks he has a good shot at being elected, based on his experience running the planning department here and elsewhere.
“I’m not doing this to be a politician,” Stalheim said. “I’m doing this to run the government efficiently and effectively.”
He said he has been considering entering this race for some time. It was not a last-minute decision.