The House Democrats' top budget writer, Rep. Kelli Linville of Bellingham, has conceded to Republican challenger Vincent Buys in the 42nd district.
News partner Sam Taylor at the Bellingham Herald has the story here, along with the full concession statement that Linvilles campaign released. Here is a piece of it:
"The 42nd District is diverse in political ideologies, but our families really do share many of the same values and goals: safe communities, effective schools, economic vitality and environmental stewardship. Improving these areas formed the core of my legislative priorities in Olympia," Linville said. "Although many things have changed since the mid-1990s in Whatcom County, today it still remains a place unrivaled in Washington state for quality of life and a strong sense of community. I'm so proud of the progress weve made together and am deeply grateful for the confidence and trust that people placed in me."
Buys' campaign put out a statement declaring victory but offering little detail on his agenda. In it he said:
From the beginning, Vincent understood that he had an uphill battle in matching the name recognition and financial war chest that his opponent had at her disposal. "It was obvious that my campaign had a huge challenge in helping voters see that they had an alternative to the status quo. We definitely had to be creative in getting my message out there and not simply rely on huge amounts of money or clout to try and persuade people. This race was going to be all about mobilizing a grassroots movement, which I think we did quite well."
"One of the things I learned growing up in Whatcom County was the value of getting your hands dirty and being willing to do what was needed to get the job done. I plan on taking these same skills to Olympia and working day and night to fight for the citizens of Whatcom County."
Vincent has personally knocked on the door of 5,000 Whatcom County homes and businesses, shaken more than 12,000 hands, made phone calls to 1,000 residents and sent 500 personal hand written cards to voters. Vincent also attributes the use of social media as a major factor in this campaign. With well over 1000 Facebook "fans" he was able to really help communicate his message and get people excited about his campaign.
"Throughout this race I've been reminded daily of the amazing people and resources we have here in Whatcom County. I pledge to the citizens of the 42nd Legislative District that as their representative I will be fully committed to preserving our way of life for future generations. I will fight for Whatcom County jobs, accountability in government, and a strong economy as I serve you in Olympia."