ELECTION 2019 CANDIDATE PROFILE
Candidate’s submitted biography (unedited):
Experience and readiness for office are two defining characteristics of Satpal Sidhu’s candidacy for the top executive position in county government. Having served on the County Council since 2015, Satpal is well prepared to address the issues before the county government from day one.
“I have 40 years of leadership experience—working with people, building companies, managing projects and multi-million-dollar budgets, and people’s servant. On the council, I’m known for carefully listening to diverse views and offering a voice of reason,” Sidhu said. “My problem-solving skills are what Whatcom County needs right now, and that’s why I’m running.”
“Satpal is always asking questions and looking for unvarnished answers. This is an important quality for someone in an executive position,” said Todd Donovan, a fellow Whatcom County Councilmember and WWU professor. Barry Buchanan, another colleague on the Council, appreciates Satpal’s perspective on issues facing the county. “Councilmember Sidhu’s leadership is invaluable. He views issues through many lenses. He considers the fiscal and technical aspects as well as the needs of the community in his decisions, which benefits us all,” Buchanan said.
Whatcom County historian Paul Englesberg worked with Satpal on the Human Rights Commemoration project and the Arch of Healing and Reconciliation. “Satpal is a visionary leader who knows how to bring diverse people together, who listens to their views, and who works to achieve meaningful change. Most importantly, he really gets things done!” Englesberg said.
Satpal and his wife Mundir, married for 40 years, have lived in Lynden for 30 years. He is a first-generation immigrant, speaks four languages and has lived in three countries. He is a Fulbright Scholar and has experience as an engineer, project manager, business executive, and Dean of Engineering at BTC. In 2004, he and his wife opened Spice Hut in Bellingham.
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