Board Elections


Whatcom CD Board of Supervisor Election Information

Each Conservation District is governed by a board of five supervisors who are all local residents. Click HERE to meet our current board members.  An election for one seat, currently held by Theresa Sygitowicz, on the Whatcom Conservation District Board of Supervisors will be held on Tuesday, March 26, 2019. Details of the election process is described below.

Election Timeline


All in-person ballots and mail-in ballots that were received on/or before Tuesday, March 26 were delivered to the Whatcom County Auditor's Office Election Division for counting on Wednesday, March 27 at 9:30 am.

Ballots received in the mail on Wednesday and Thursday that are postmarked on March 26 were delivered to WC Elections on April 2, 2019 for counting.  All eligible ballots have been counted. - 4/3/19
Unofficial Preliminary Results* (all ballots have been counted as of 4/3/2019).

Theresa Sygitowicz - 1,436 votes

Valeri Wade - 2,558 votes

Write-in - 2 votes

Undervote - 2

78 Disqualified Ballots (not counted) - breakdown below -

Wrong signature - 10

No Signature Match - 18

No Signature - 30

Not Registered - 7

Late (postmarked after election day) - 13

(Candidates are listed alphabetically by last name.)

*All election results are unofficial until the election is certified by the Washington State Conservation Commission at their May meeting


By January 11thThe Whatcom Conservation District (WCD) is soliciting applications to serve on the WCD Board of Supervisors, ensuring that its programs effectively meet the priority natural resource needs of Whatcom County. 

  • The deadline to file as a candidate is January 11, 2019 at 4:00 p.m.
  • Candidates for this seat must be registered voters residing in Whatcom County and may be required to own land or operate a farm.

To download the Candidate Application form click HERE (deadline passed)
To download the Nominating Petition for Office form click HERE (deadline passed)

For more information on what a Supervisors/Board Members responsibilities see WA Conservation Commission Elections and Appointments page

January 14th
The candidates running in the 2019 WCD Board of Supervisor Election are (listed alphabetically - click names below for candidate information):

By Feruary 8th
Mail-in ballots are only available upon request.  The deadline to request a mail-in ballot is February 8, 2019 by 4:00 p.m.

Voters can request ballots in-person at the WCD office or by using the Whatcom Conservation District’s ballot request formThe deadline has passed. Please come on election day to vote if you didn't request a ballot in time.

We will not be taking phone calls for ballot requests.

For your privacy and to ensure your information is current, a new request for a mail-in ballot must be completed every election year. 

Your email addresses will be NOT be collected when you complete a ballot request this year.   NOTE:  You must ensure that all the information placed in the ballot request form is accurate before you hit the submit button or you may not receive a ballot.

Early MarchIf you have requested a mail-in ballot by the Feb 8th deadline, they will be mailed to you in early March, 2019.

If you have not received a ballot by March 15, 2019, please contact the WCD office at (360) 526-2381 x 101 for a replacement.  Requests for replacements cannot be honored after March 20.  After this date you can only come on Election Day to cast your vote.

If you requested a mail-in ballot, you have two options to return your completed ballot:

  1. Mail it in.  To be counted all mailed ballots must be postmarked on or before March 26, 2019.  NOTE:  not all mail is postmarked the day it is deposited with the post office due to changes to its mail-handling process.
  2. Drop it off.  To be counted, all hand-delivered ballots must be delivered to our office at 6975 Hannegan Rd, Lynden on or before March 26, 2019.
    • During Business Hours (8:00 AM – 4:30 PM), the ballot box inside our office.
    • After Business Hours, utilize our election ballot drop box in front of the District office.
    • On March 26, 2019 mail-in ballots can be returned in-person to either ballot box (inside or outside the District office), until 6:00 pm

Reminder: You must sign in the designated area for your ballot to be counted.  This year the Whatcom County Auditors Office will be verifying signatures.  If they can not verify the signature the ballot will not be counted.

March 26th Election Day
An election will be held on Tuesday, March 26, 2019 at the Whatcom Conservation District’s office at 6975 Hannegan Road, Lynden. Polls will be open between 9:00 am and 6:00 pm.  Come visit our office, meet our staff and cast your vote in-person!

If you have any questions regarding elections or serving on the Board, contact Dawn Bekenyi at or 360-526-2381 x 101.

What is a Whatcom Conservation District Supervisor?

Each Conservation District is governed by a board of five supervisors who are all local residents. Click here to meet our current board members.

Supervisor Role & Responsibilities

  • Identify local natural resource conservation needs
  • Develop and evaluate Annual and Long-range plans.
  • Educate and inform landowners, farm operators, the general public, and local, state and federal legislators on conservation issues and programs.
  • Administer the District by delegating tasks through a structure of board officers and committees.
  • Budget district funds and report on activities to the public.
  • Set policy for District Executive Director to implement.
  • CD Supervisors are public officials who serve without compensation.

Time Required

A Supervisor’s term of office is three years. Supervisors are expected to attend 12 regularly scheduled board meetings per year, committee meetings, and other special meetings, for an average of 20 days/year.


  • Serving your community by guiding programs to protect and enhance its natural resource priorities for present and future generations
  • Satisfaction in seeing conservation practices applied locally
  • Interaction with others who are passionate about natural resource conservation
  • Ability to provide input to local, State, and Federal conservation programs
  • Learning opportunities through the Washington Conservation Commission and the Washington Association of District Employees.






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