Mayor Seth Fleetwood was elected the mayor of Bellingham on November 5, 2019. He took office Jan. 1, 2020. Mayor Fleetwood had a 25 year career as a self-employed lawyer, and he established a reputation as a purpose-driven advocate for the public interest. He served two terms on the Bellingham City Council, two terms on the Whatcom County Council, and sits on numerous community boards.
Mayor Fleetwood was elected Mayor in November 2019 with 56% of the vote. He is committed to the ideal of continual progress and improvement through thoughtful, collaborative and compassionate leadership. He has a proven record of promoting numerous successful initiatives that address critical community issues. During his time on City Council, he sponsored and co-founded Countywide Housing Affordability Task Force that resulted in recommendations including creation of a Bellingham Home Fund; he was the chief proponent and architect of Bellingham Greenways Program that has made Bellingham a national leader in parks and trails and created beloved places like Taylor Street Dock, the Fairhaven Village Green and Birchwood Park; and he was chair of the Whatcom County Climate Impact Advisory Committee charged with delivering recommendations on adaptation plans and how to achieve 100% renewable energy in Whatcom County.
Mayor Fleetwood believes in the importance of diverse viewpoints and building coalitions that make progress towards a forward-thinking, enlightened city. He received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Washington, Seattle, WA and a Juris Doctorate from Willamette University, Salem, OR.