News and events

League of Women Voters Forum


Thank you to the League of Women Voters of Bellingham/Whatcom County for hosting the election forum Saturday, September 28. These events are an invaluable community service. For those interested, the event will be re-broadcast on BTV Ch10 or can be viewed online now by clicking the link button below.

Thank you also to friends and supporters for your positive feedback. For anyone interested in the County Assessor's race, please take a moment to learn more about your candidates by following the link below.

Clarification: My reference to recent legislation cited an incorrect bill number. ESSB 5160 expands access to seniors, disabled persons and veterans tax relief; whereas ESSHB 1105 provides limited relief in foreclosure situations, but has the assessor using the same residency and income qualification screening as in ESSB 5160.

Mindful Stewardship of Public Resources


John Romaker recently had the honor of witnessing Governor Inslee sign into law sweeping changes to existing legislation to expand access to tax relief measures for thousands more seniors, disabled persons and veterans. Assessors statewide joined together to shepherd statutory changes to adjust income limits for qualifying for tax relief. Median income and inflation, by county, will be factors used to recalibrate income thresholds to better track with local economic conditions. Plus, eligibility for veterans with service-connected disabilities has been expanded. The bill also provides for future online filing options for program participants.

LWV Publishes VOTE411 Voters' Guide


The League of Women Voters of Bellingham/Whatcom County has published its annual VOTE411 Voter Guide. Please use the link below to find John Romaker's responses to questions about where he stands on issues specific to the race for County Assessor.

Along with candidate responses for other state and local positions, the VOTE411 Voter Guide has details and helpful insights on initiatives and other ballot measures.

Site users are asked to provide their home address so the service can target just those items that appear on your ballot. Your address information is not retained by when you leave the VOTE411 Voter Guide webpages.

CTNW Candidate Forum

Common Threads NW 2019 Candidates Forum, photo courtesy of Joe Teahan.

John Romaker recently participated in the Common Threads Northwest candidates forum which was broadcast live on KGMI radio. Along with candidates for Whatcom County Assessor, others on the panel were challengers for County Sheriff and County Executive, Port of Bellingham Commissioner-Position #2, and mayoral candidates for Ferndale and Bellingham.

To listen to the October 17 forum, please click the button below to link to the KGMI podcast site.

KGMI Radio Debate


Candidates for Whatcom County Assessor debated issues in a live KGMI radio debate on October 19. John Romaker and his opponent debate issues specific to the role of Assessor. To hear the debate, follow the link below to the KGMI podcast of Kris Halterman's Saturday Morning Live  program. The Assessor debate starts just past the 30-minute mark .