ELECTION 2019 CANDIDATE PROFILE
Candidate’s submitted biography (unedited):
Why am I running? The Farmlands District deserves a County Council-member who will deliver results that matter. I’ve dedicated my professional career to serving as a government watchdog, saving taxpayers hundreds of millions over the past 36 years. We need a new direction on the Whatcom County Council–someone who will prioritize efficient, effective government and ensure accountability.
Our communities in Whatcom County face mounting challenges. We are a caring and compassionate community, but we’ve left some of our neighbors behind:
- Our farmers and home builders face uncertainty about water and our entrepreneurs are hobbled by a lack of reliable infrastructure;
- Our mental health system is overloaded and families can’t get the healthcare they deserve;
- As a real estate agent, I hear concerns about housing costs constantly whether you rent or own your home; and
- The lack of high-wage jobs means families working full-time still struggle living paycheck to paycheck.
We need fresh, innovative approaches to these challenges. I want to bring a new voice to the County Council. I have streamlined and identified cost savings in dozens of government departments and programs.
Family I’ve been married to my wonderful wife Jill for 38 years. We have three adult children; my older son, daughter-in-law and granddaughter live in Bellingham. All my children attended Western Washington University–Go Vikings!
Work and Professional Experience: My career started at the U.S. Government Accountability Office, Seattle Field Office and I worked 6 years at the King County Auditor’s Office.
Education Master’s in Public Administration, Evans School of Public Policy and Governance, UW; BA in Political Science, UCLA.
Community Service: Former Chair, Boy Scout Troop 591; former Chair, Board of Trustees, Redmond United Methodist Church; Volunteer Advocate, National Alliance on Mental Illness, Whatcom County; and Member, Arc of Whatcom County, among other activities.
Whatcom County Council candidate Brian Estes is interviewed by My Ferndale News (July 19, 2019).
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