Seth is a lifelong Bellingham resident, born in 1962 at St. Luke’s Hospital on Chestnut Street. He grew up attending Lowell Elementary School, Fairhaven Middle School, and graduated from Sehome High in 1981. That year, Seth worked at Boxx Berry Farm saving enough money to attend a foreign exchange program in Greece the following spring. When he returned in the fall, he enrolled at the University of Washington where he would earn a degree in political science. After college, he was fortunate enough to work for former Congressman Al Swift at his DC office as a legislative aide during the 100th Congress. In 1989, he started at Willamette University School of Law. Upon graduation he returned to Bellingham and set up a law practice in Fairhaven where he still works today.
Seth has been involved in the Bellingham community for over 20 years. He chaired the popular Greenway’s Program, whose parks and trails have made Bellingham a leader in livability. As a member of the Bellingham City Club, he promoted efforts to protect Lake Whatcom. In 2001 he won the at-large seat on the Whatcom County Council, a position he would hold for two terms and where he sought to protect the County’s quality of life. During his tenure, he familiarized himself with issues such as growth management, water quality, farming, shorelines, local taxation, budgets, and public services provided by Whatcom County. In 2009 Seth successfully ran for Bellingham City Council and applied his county experience to city governance.
During his years in local government, Seth has mastered the intricacies of public service. He has championed measures that address public interest and concern. He sponsored water protection measures, and was part of a group of elected officials building the foundation of an ongoing and evolving water protection program. Seth helped establish the 2004 Growth Forums as a means to discuss and accommodate our growing population without detriment of to our County’s natural resources. He continues to support the vision of Bellingham’s Comprehensive Plan to protect the County’s rural character while creating thriving, vibrant cities.
In April, 2014 Seth announced his candidacy for the Washington State Senate representing the 42nd District.