Jeffrey L. McClure – District 1

Commissioner McClure has served on the Board of Commissioners since 2008 and is the Commission President for 2018.

Jeff has practiced architecture since 1983 and is a founding partner of a 15 member architectural firm, responsible for numerous projects including community centers, corporate offices, restaurants and resorts.  Jeff has been actively involved in community affairs to revitalize downtown Bellingham and has led the design effort for several master planning projects.

With his solid business background experience and ability to navigate the intricacies of complex issues, Jeff wanted to be able to contribute to the growing needs of Whatcom County and the PUD#1 by running for Commissioner.  Jeff believes the key to maintaining a successful utility is the stability of the system which requires planning and analysis.  Commissioner McClure and his family reside in Bellingham.  (Term expires Dec. 31, 2020.)

Paul D. Kenner – District 2


Commissioner Kenner has served as a Commissioner since 1980 and serves as 2018 Commission Secretary.

As a Public Utility Commissioner, Paul’s accomplishments include expanding and updating water and electric services to Whatcom County industries. Paul has focused on resolving water related issues that allow a balance between stewardship of the valuable resource and support of quality economic growth. Currently, through the Whatcom watershed planning effort Paul is involved in and supports reaching positive solutions to supply water to farmers and residents of the North County while assuring water quality and sufficient quantity for salmon recovery efforts.  (Term expires Dec. 31, 2018.)

Michael J. Murphy – District 3


Commissioner Murphy was elected in 1998 and currently serves as Commission Vice President for 2018.

Murphy serves on the Washington Public Utility Districts Association’s Board of Directors and  Commissioner Murphy is actively involved in the community as a volunteer firefighter and fire commissioner.  He is also a member of the board of WhatComm 911 and Ferndale City Parks.

A lifelong Whatcom County resident, Murphy decided to run for Commissioner to be able to share his ideas with people who had the willingness to listen and address the changes of a growing community.  As such, the Whatcom PUD #1 Commission continues to meet the electric and water utilities of Whatcom County industries and is involved in environmental and conservation topics surrounding these needs.  (Term expires Dec. 31, 2022.)