Bill Knutzen is currently serving his first term on the Whatcom County Council, which began January 2010. In 2013, Councilmember Knutzen is the Council vice-chair. He also chairs the Council's Planning and Development Committee and is a member of the Council Natural Resources Committee. In addition, he is appointed to several community boards and committees, including the Flood Control Zone District Advisory Committee (ex officio), the Council of Governments, and the Public Health Advisory Board.
A fourth generation, lifelong resident of Whatcom County, Knutzen chose to run for office because of his concern for farmers. “I grew up on a farm. I understand the importance of agriculture to our local economy. What I see is farmers’ ability to farm getting chipped away little by little while decisions are made without talking to them and the other businesses that support them,” Knutzen says. “I’m worried that poor decisions will push them out and good farmland will never again be used for agriculture.”
Growing up on a farm in rural Whatcom County, Knutzen picked berries and worked at Edaleen Dairy for 15 years. He also worked in the construction industry before starting his own business.
A small business owner, Knutzen owns Communication 2000, a wireless communication business with locations in Whatcom and Skagit counties. He’s known as the “Cellular Super Hero” to his friends and customers.
“I started my business in 1997 out of the trunk of my car. I went door to door selling cell phones. I’m proud to have grown it into two locations and 10 employees today,” Knutzen says.
Before his election to the County Council, Knutzen served on school board of Ebenezer Christian School from 2001 to 2005. Knutzen’s point of view as a political outsider is an advantage for him as a Councilmember.
“I’m just a regular guy working hard to provide for my family and run a business. I know what it’s like to start with nothing and build it into something. Many people in our community are struggling to make ends meet, and I can relate to that.”
Knutzen lives in Lynden with Sandy, his wife of 20 years, and children Darrell, Elana, and Amanda. The Knutzen household is also home to Tucker, a miniature schnauzer, and to cats Snickers, Kit Kat, and Carmella.