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Jon and Diane met in high school (West Bremerton, North Kitsap [Poulsbo]) and married in 1985. They are both graduates of Western Washington University (Diane has her masters in education). They moved to Ferndale in 1987 to plant the Ferndale Alliance Church where they continue to serve. They built, from the ground up, two homes in Ferndale (Jon has since helped 60 families build their first homes), have raised seven beautiful children, and recently became happy grandparents. They have planted some deep roots here.
They successfully home schooled their children, most have graduated from Whatcom Community College, and one has attended WWU. They are all successful, and two daughters started and direct FerndaleDance.org which teaches some 150 kids monthly.
Jon’s parents were both educators, with masters in education from Northwestern University in Illinois. Jon’s dad, the late Dr. Ralph Mutchler, taught at Olympic Community College and earned his D.Ed from University of Colorado, Greeley.
Jon’s political experience
Three-term Ferndale City Council member. Reelected in 2013 with 78% of the vote and returned to council in 2021.
Served or chaired Finance/Administration, Planning/Land Use, Public Safety/Neighborhood Services Committees. Liaison to Planning Commission, Ferndale Downtown Association, Community Service Co-op, and Ferndale School Board.
Whatcom Charter Review Commissioner, third district (2015)
Ferndale Mayor (2016-2019): Jon was successful as Ferndale’s 4th elected mayor, brining many improvements to the city, including the funding of the Thornton Road Overpass.
Jon’s vocational experience
Professional pianist/teacher. House piano, Semiahmoo Resort, 17 years. Recording artist.
Driver-trainer (Holland American Westours, Alaska)
Member, Ferndale Chamber of Commerce.
During COVID-19, Jon earned his real estate broker’s license and partners with his managing broker son, Tommy Mutchler (TommyMutchler.com)
• Regent College, Vancouver, B.C.; 3.62 GPA (M.Div, 1987)
• Western Washington University; 3.94 GPA (B.Mus, 1983);
• Olympic College, Bremerton; 3.93 GPA (A.Sci, 1979)
• West Bremerton High, graduated third in senior class; 3.93 GPA (1977)
• AWC (Association of Washington Cities) Advanced Certificate in Municipal Leadership
• Global Leadership Summit (Willowcreek Association), attended multiple years.
Community service and involvement
40 year Ferndale/county resident.
Whatcom County Pregnancy Clinic board member
Blaine Music Festival (Drayton Harbor Music Festival) faculty (direct music groups, teach music classes, perform jazz piano, since 2003)
Ferndale Schools Communication Advisory Committee
Ferndale Schools levy committee (1989)
Former Bellingham (Whatcom County) fire chaplain (“support officer”)
Trustee, Whatcom County Old Settlers Association
Member of the GBRC (Greater Bellingham Running Club) and Bellingham Triathlon Club: completed seven Bellingham Bay marathons, 10 Padden Triathlons, the Lake Stevens Half Ironman race, six Ski to Sea races (in 4 events).
Whatcom Skagit Housing (Self-help), Board Member
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