Full Disclosure: I worked for Pete Kremen during his 2011 campaign for County Council against Tony Larson.
After 31 years in public service, County Councilman Pete Kremen is hanging up his golden microphones and not running for reelection this year. Yes, I know, we’ve heard this before when Kremen retired from the state legislature and then again, when he retired as County Executive, but this time it is for good.
“My wife has put up with it for many years but since she retired from St. Joes in December, and we want to go traveling. I promised my wife I would retire three elections ago. It’s time I did it.”
Kremen has a long legacy behind him, having shepherded through the Lake Whatcom Reconveyance which converted a third of the land around Lake Whatcom into a County Park. His tenure as County Executive (sixteen years) is the longest in state history.
Kremen spoke fondly of his time on the county council. “I’m loving it. You know, I’m even getting along with Barbara Brenner, who would have thought that would have happened?” Kremen was elected to the 1st District on the County Council in 2011, unseating Tea Party darling Tony Larson.
In honor of his years of service, the Mustache Jokes will take a day off.