Local, State & Federal Government Information

The City of Bellingham’s charter establishes a council-mayor form of government. City management is led by Mayor Kelli Linville. Mayor is elected for a four-year term. Six council members are elected to serve four-year terms, with a seventh council member elected every two years in an at-large capacity.

The Whatcom County government is made up of a council of seven elected members and the county executive. Jack Louws is the current county executive, which is a role similar to that of a mayor’s role to a city.

Washington state government is headed by Governor Jay Inslee. The Whatcom County area is part of two legislative districts, the 40th and 42nd. The county is also part of two congressional districts in electing representatives to the U.S. House of Representatives, the 1st and 2nd Congressional Districts. Contact information for local and state officials are listed below.


Whatcom County is a “vote-by-mail” county meaning that all voters must send in their ballots via the mail or at designated ballot drop sites. There are no in-person live voting locations, only “vote-by-mail.” Citizens can register to vote online or in person with the Whatcom County Elections Department.

Whatcom County Elections Department
P.O Box 369
311 Grand Avenue, Suite 103
Bellingham, WA 98227-0369

Whatcom County Courthouse
311 Grand Avenue
Bellingham, WA 98227-0369

City and Town Information:

City Hall
210 Lottie Street
Bellingham, WA 98225
Phone: (360) 778-8000
Fax: (360) 778-8001
Email: info@cob.org 
Hours: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Monday –  Friday

City Hall
2095 Main St./P.O. Box 936
Ferndale, WA 98248
Phone: (360) 384-4302
Hours: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Monday – Friday

City Hall
323 Front Street
Lynden, WA 98264
Phone: (360) 354-1170
Email: cityhall@lyndenwa.org
Hours: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Monday – Friday

City Hall
435 Martin St.
Blaine, WA 98230
Phone: (360) 332-8311
Hours: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Monday – Friday

Elected Representative Information:

40th Legislative District:

Representative Jeff Morris
360-676-2040; jeff.morris@leg.wa.gov
1155 N. State St. #306, Bellingham
Term Ends: 2017

Representative Kristine Lytton
360-786-7800; kristine.lytton@leg.wa.gov
LEG 429A, PO Box 40600, Olympia
Term Ends: 2017

Senator Kevin Ranker
360-786-7678; kevin.ranker@leg.wa.gov
215 John A. Cherberg Building, PO Box 40440, Olympia
Term Ends: 2017

42nd Legislative District:

Representative Luanne Van Werven
360-786-7980; luanne.vanwerven@leg.wa.gov
419 John L. O’Brien Building, PO Box 40600, Olympia
Term Ends: 2017

Representative Vincent Buys
360-786-7854; vincent.buys@leg.wa.gov
465 John L. O’Brien Building, PO Box 40600, Olympia
Term Ends 2017

Senator Doug Ericksen
360-786-7682; doug.ericksen@leg.wa.gov
414 Legislative Building, PO Box 40442, Olympia
Term Ends: 2019

U.S. Representatives and Senators:
Representative Suzan DelBene, 1st Congressional District
360-416-7879; www.delbene.house.gov
204 W Montgomery St., Mount Vernon
Term Ends: 2017

Representative Rick Larsen, 2nd Congressional District
360-733-4500; www.larsen.house.gov
119 N Commercial St. Suite 1350, Bellingham
Term Ends: 2017

Senator Maria Cantwell
425-303-0114; www.cantwell.senate.gov
2930 Wetmore Ave. Suite 9B, Everett
Term Ends: 2019

Senator Patty Murray
425-259-6515; www.murray.senate.gov
2930 Wetmore Ave. Suite 903, Everett
Term Ends: 2017

Governor Jay Inslee
360-902-4111; www.governor.wa.gov
Office of the Governor
PO Box 40002, Olympia
Term Ends: 2017