2017 General Election

Snohomish County

  • Raymond Miller - Snohomish County Council Dist 1

    I am an experienced leader who served on the County Charter Review Commission. I’m a County Human Rights Commission Vice Chair, a USAF veteran, and a longtime community activist. I will strongly represent North and East Snohomish County, advocating for our interests and holding regular offi ce hours from Darrington to Stanwood to Marysville, to ensure all voices are heard. Visit Website

  • Terry Ryan - Snohomish County Council Dist 4

    Terry knows great communities start with safe streets, good parks, livable neighborhoods and the well-being of our families. He is a proven independent leader passing fiscally responsible budgets that invest in infrastructure and programs important to local families. Visit Website

  • Kristin Kelly – Snohomish County Council Dist 5

    I have lived in Snohomish County for 26 years, co-owned a small business in Lake Stevens and raised my son in the Snohomish School District. I have 15 years of experience as an educator and community organizer, advocating for policies and programs that protect our quality of life. I want to solve our traffi c problems, create more aff ordable housing, protect water quality, farms and forests and build a stronger economy for small cities and businesses to ensure livability as our population grows. Visit Website

  • Chad Byers - Alderwood Water Dist Commissioner 3

    I am honored to seek your vote in becoming your Alderwood Water and Wastewater District commissioner. We have a duty to ensure the infrastructure that keeps clean water flowing to our homes and wastewater flowing to where it’s safely treated. With the EPA dropping the Clean Water Rule and stripping away environmental protections, it is essential that we take steps needed to maintain high standards in healthy drinking water, and to go much farther. As our region’s population increases, this work is more critical than ever. Many of you shared with me your concerns about the safety of our water. While treatment is necessary to kill harmful bacteria and contaminants, with my military training in preventive medicine, water treatment and sanitation, and as a long-time environmental activist I’m willing to ask the tough question: How much poison is too much? My goal is to implement smarter solutions, safer treatment methods, and to open lines of communication with our outside water suppliers to incorporate safe water treatment, all while working hard to keep rates low. Visit Website


  • Vicki Sompii - Bothell City Council Position 3

    Vicki understands that we need to balance our growth and traffi c challenges with our common local values and fi nd solutions that work for our community. As a council member, she will be committed to delivering budgets that align with community priorities and are responsible to our citizens. She will continue to work for environmental concerns, seek greater recreational opportunities community wide, and encourage aff ordable and accessible housing throughout the city, while maintaining our Bothell identity. Visit Website

  • Rosemary Mcauliffe - Bothell City Council Position 3

    I am a small business owner and I know the challenges small businesses face. I will work to attract and retain businesses being mindful of preserving historic main street, the culture of our communities, preserving parks and open spaces, across King and Snohomish County. I will work to improve transportation; access for pedestrians, cars, bikes and transit.My husband Jim and I have called Bothell home the past 55 years. We raised six children in this community that was a safe place to live, work and play. I want to preserve that same environment for all future families. Visit Website

  • Liam Olsen - Bothell City Council Position 5

    I have the expertise we need on council. As a Snohomish County resident of Bothell since 2004 I’ve seen many changes to our community, both good and bad. Growth has outpaced services we get from the City, reducing our quality of life. Bothell needs to encourage smart growth that pays for itself, while preserving Bothell’s character.The Council needs to work to make sure our taxes, especially the Safe Streets and Sidewalks levy, are used to leverage state and federal tax dollars into our community. The City also needs to alleviate congestion, address parking shortages, and create more parks.I’m a licensed transportation engineer and will use my expertise to insure transportation projects meet the needs of our community. Visit Website

  • Aaron Moreau Cook – Bothell City Council Position 7

    I am running for City Council because I truly care about our community. I will work for you, striving for common sense solutions and thoughtful planning of our community’s future. I will work hard to bring services to all areas of Bothell including more park space in Snohomish County and business growth in Canyon Park.We need to protect the unique characteristics of our neighborhoods and preserve the natural beauty while applying smart growth principles. We need to support our seniors by increasing aging-in-place services. Our city needs to have a voice in regional discussions, working to secure funding to improve transportation, acquire open spaces, support public safety and create more aff ordable housing options. Visit Website


  • Josh Thompson - Edmonds City Council Position 1

    I have the background and experience to make an immediate impact on the Edmonds City Council. My wife and I have lived in Edmonds for 16 years, purchasing a home that’s been in her family 53 years. We love the natural beauty and small-town feel of our city. Edmonds off ers thriving businesses, art, and cultural events that draw visitors from around the region. Neighbors look out for each other and have a strong sense of civic pride. I’m running to protect our natural beauty, strengthen our economic core, and ensure everyone is included and has a real voice. Together we can make Edmonds the best it can be. I ask you to join law enforcement, fi refi ghters, along with many business and community leaders in supporting our campaign. Visit ThompsonforEdmonds.com for more information. Visit Website

  • Mike Nelson - Edmonds City Council Position 2

    I am running for re-election because Edmonds is a special place and I want to keep it that way. This is why as your councilmember I opposed fi refi ghter cuts, promoted safe fi rearms storage, led Edmonds to be the fi rst WA city to commit to 100% renewable energy and supported incentives for more aff ordable housing. I would be honored to have your vote in the upcoming election. My priorities are making sure Edmonds is safe, healthy, and welcoming for all. Visit Website

  • Adrienne Fraley-Monillas - Edmonds City Council Position 3

    Adrienne Fraley-Monillas served on the city council for eight years. Adrienne grew up in Richmond Beach, has lived in the Lake Ballinger Neighborhood for 30+ years. Here’s what she’s done on the council: Initiated a social worker for the Edmonds Police Department assisting with providing referrals to homeless and people with mental health issues. Voted to protect the marsh and surrounding buffer from being paved over or into. Advocated for and is the council representative to the Edmonds Diversity commission. Will continue to vote NO on raising building heights in view corridors. Initiated resolution opposing coal/oil trains in Edmonds. Advocated purchase and redevelopment of civic field. Supports sensible redeveloping of Westgate, 5-Corners and Firdale. Lead councilmember for planning and re-development in Highway 99 corridor. Visit Website

  • Mitchell Below - Edmonds School District Position 2

    My wife and I have three children; our oldest is a fi rst-grader in the district, and our twins will follow in a few years. We are working parents who understand the sacrifi ces that parents make to give their children every advantage. I will work to more equitably extend these advantages through sensible start times, expanded access to STEM and IB programs, and increased availability of pre-school.As a classroom volunteer, I have seen the amazing job teachers do. But good teachers need time to plan and collaborate, smaller class sizes to provide individual aid, and the freedom to teach. I will advocate for more time and resources to meet students’ needs, and better facilities that reduce class sizes and overcrowding.We live in a diverse community, and our schools refl ect that diversity. Every student deserves a safe, supportive environment in which to learn, regardless of language, ethnic or religious background, sexual orientation, or gender identity. I will strongly oppose hatred and intimidation and support inclusive policies. Visit Website

  • Cathy Baylor - Edmonds School District Position 4

    Our students must be prepared for a global workforce and economy. This means they need strong STEM courses, but it’s also crucial that they develop an understanding and respect for diff erent cultural views. As a school board director, I will seek equity for all students, and promote multicultural-based curricula that teach students to value cultural diff erences. As a professional educator, I know fi rst hand that students who have exposure to arts education have improved creative problem solving and critical thinking skills in all academic disciplines. Arts programs are essential to a well-rounded basic education. Our teachers care deeply about their students. I will advocate for the working conditions they need to be eff ective in assuring academic sucess for every child. Visit Website

  • Deborah Kilgore - Edmonds School District Position 4

    My campaign positions are guided by one simple value: Every child deserves an excellent public education regardless of race, ethnicity, disability, gender, orientation, or ability to pay.That’s not just my opinion. It’s what I’ve worked for as a volunteer in a diverse neighborhood school, where I’ve seen the harmful eff ects of budget shortfalls fi rsthand. Overcrowding, large class sizes, makeshift classrooms in hallways and libraries, and staff and resource shortages inhibit learning despite the heroic eff orts of overworked teachers. Our Board faces uncertainty in the new school funding legislation, and complexity in the challenges and opportunities posed by explosive growth and increased diversity in our communities. We need a Director who can turn passion into problem-solving. Our leaders must be smart, creative, knowledgeable, and skilled at consensus-building. I bring experience, skills and focus that I’ve developed over the years as an educator, educational scholar, school volunteer, wife, and mother of three children currently attending Edmonds Schools. Visit Website

  • Angela Harris – Edmonds Port Commissioner Position 1

    Over the last 20 years I have built a track record of responsible budget management and civic leadership. I believe the Port of Edmonds can be a leader in fi nancial and environmental stewardship, and I pledge to carefully manage these valuable community assets.Protecting and improving the Edmonds Marsh and the Port’s shoreline are crucial, as is increasing economic development through expanded tourism. In partnership with the community, I will identify storm water management solutions, create a Climate Action Plan, create a Restoration Plan for Edmonds Marsh, support daylighting of Willow Creek, and assess long-term impact of any Harbor Square development. I will also work to grow our vibrant waterfront and operate a fi rst-class marina for our boating community.My fi rst objective is to listen, engage and collaborate with the Port, City Staff , Council, residents and Port tenants. Since 1962, our Port has represented a welcoming gateway for people visiting our city. I would be honored to protect and enhance this legacy for the next generation. Visit Website

  • Judge Linda Coburn - Edmonds Municipal Court Judge

    Judge Linda Coburn was appointed as the Edmonds Municipal Court judge in January 2015. Born in Taiwan, Judge Coburn immigrated to the U.S. when she was 4 years old. After graduating from the University of Washington, she earned an advanced degree in journalism and spent 13 years as a reporter and editor at the Seattle Times. Her reporting career and connection to stories of injustice led her to the law, and in 2005, she graduated with honors from Seattle University Law School.Judge Coburn’s legal career has been dedicated to public service – as a public defender and now as a judge in her own community. As a 25-year resident of Edmonds, she is committed to making justice equally accessible to all. Judge Coburn has received the highest rating — “Exceptionally Well Qualifi ed” — from seven statewide judicial evaluation organizations and has been endorsed by all nine members of the State Supreme Court. Visit Website


  • Judy Tuohy - Mayor of City of Everett

    It’s time for a new direction in Everett. We need to do things diff erently so we get results we want. I will bring new accountability to the challenge of homelessness. It’s not humane for people to live this way and it is also not fair to the citizens of Everett to experience the negative impacts of uncontrolled street-level issues. As Mayor, I will work to reduce homelessness by increasing access to social services – housing, opioid treatment, jobs; expanding day shelters, so the homeless have a place to go; convening regional partners so that Everett doesn’t bear the brunt of this challenge; and filling long-standing vacancies, equipping our Police with more resources to ensure our streets are safe. We need a better plan for listening and responding to all residents. Every citizen should know who to call when they have an issue and get results. That’s why I support City Council District elections. I bring my strong financial expertise, ability to work with diverse interests, commitment to results and my life long connection with Everett as your hometown choice for Mayor. Visit Website

  • Alex Lark - Everett Council Position 2

    I have the privilege of serving Everett as a planning commissioner, Snohomish County through Housing Hope, and our country as an officer in the Army Reserve. Now, I ask to serve as your city councilmember. Opportunity is the cornerstone of the American Dream. A family should be able to save for a home, invest in their child’s future, or start a business. Now, too often these opportunities are out of reach because so much of a family’s paycheck goes to rent. I will fight to increase housing affordability, so Everett families can create a solid foundation for their future. Families also need to feel safe. We must invest in public safety with fully funded fire and police departments. That means placing embedded social workers and supplying the tools needed to fight the opioid epidemic and combat homelessness. We also need to empower residents to achieve their dreams. By investing in public-private partnerships, staff, and innovation to help small business owners, we can spur economic development and create living-wage jobs in Everett. I will represent and listen to you. Visit Website

  • Pam LeSesne - Everett School Board of Directors Position 5

    It has been my honor serving children and families in the Everett Public Schools. Considerable strides have been made over these past 5 years: 4 year graduation rates have increased to over 90% and 5 year rates are over 94%; more students are taking Advance Placement, Honors and Challenging classes; STEM and 21st Century skills integration is in every class from Kindergarten through 12th grade; Strings and Orchestra programs have returned; and this fall we will begin one-to-one computer technology for all students in the district.I remain committed to improving our educational system by continuing the promotion of Excellence in Education, Strong Partnerships with Teachers, Staff and Community and Strengthening Core Educational Skills. If re-elected I will spend my next term advocating for increased opportunities in internships and apprenticeships, eliminating the achievement gap, and confronting the overcrowded classrooms and schools we face in our district.These goals are achievable and within our grasp. I understand the challenges we face and I’m excited for the challenge! Visit Website

  • Amy Kaestner - Everett Municipal Court Judge Position 1

    Amy Kaestner is a respected Snohomish County Public Defender. She understands that untreated mental illness and substance abuse are often the underlying causes of criminal behavior. She knows that community courts are in the best position to provide the structure, individualized attention, and continuous monitoring necessary to disrupt the cycle of repeated contacts with the law. She also recognizes that incarceration is a necessary motivating factor when therapeutic alternatives fail. With her understanding of these complex issues, Amy Kaestner will work to expand proven cost-saving, therapeutic alternative programs in Everett. She is the kind of judge we deserve for our community court. Amy has spent most of her life in Everett. She and her husband, Zack, are proud to be raising their sons Isaac and Gavin, in our community. Visit Website


  • George Hurst - Mayor City of Lynnwood

    The next four years are crucial as we prepare for Light Rail. As your Mayor, I will focus on fi nancial stability, safe roads and livable neighborhoods. The last two City budgets have been fi nancial failures. The taxes you pay have not been enough to cover the overspending and in four years the City’s general fund has gone from nearly $20 million to under $5 million. We need a new mindset about fi nancial responsibility. Where’s the money? Obviously, it is not being spent on neighborhood streets and sidewalks. For example, because of deferred maintenance 36th Ave W has deteriorated so much that it has to be torn down and rebuilt at a cost of over $14 million. Millions of dollars more than a simple repaving project. The city has great plans for developing the City Center around 196th and 44th with lots of concentrated population growth. But what about our single-family neighborhoods? How do we make sure there is aff ordable housing available for both seniors and young families who want to call Lynnwood home? These are the kind of challenges that requires new leadership and action to make Lynnwood thrive. Visit Website

  • Van Aubuchon - Lynnwood City Council Position 1

    In the last four years the city has gone on a tax and spend binge. Nearly every city tax was increased to the maximum allowed by law. In spite of this Tax to the Max strategy, the city’s budget still runs a deficit of over $5million. If this continues, the city will be bankrupt in four years. The current unbalanced budget passed by a 4-3 vote of the city council. If elected, I will be the fourth vote restoring fiscal responsibility. I will vote to decrease property taxes as the result of the new regional fire authority. If nothing is done, Lynnwood citizens will see an $8million increase. I will be your fourth vote to prevent this huge tax hike. Most of our current financial trouble was caused by spending on The Administration’s wants instead of The City’s needs. The Executive Department’s staff has more than doubled in just two years. We need to place your priorities first. Public safety, reliable utilities, and transportation must come before remodeling city hall, catered parties for city employees, and ill-maintained street banners. I will only vote to support a balanced budget. Visit Website

  • Ian Cotton - Lynnwood City Council Position 2

    Ian Cotton is a Lynnwood native who has lived most of his life here. Three generations of Ian’s family live in Lynnwood. “It’s an honor to serve and represent you on the Lynnwood City Council. You have trusted me with the oversight of your tax dollars. I take that responsibility with the integrity and sincerity we deserve.” Your Money: Ian’s diligent budget oversight has saved thousands of your tax dollars. Ian enacted responsible and transparent financial policy changes. Through his work on the SnoCom Board, we have improved emergency response with Text to 9-1-1 capability. Ian supported robust financial policies so that the City is protected in the event of future economic downturns. Your Voice: Ian listens and has enacted legislative changes brought forward by Lynnwood Residents. This legislation protects our environment, our city and our children. Ian opposed the ‘Sound Transit Maintenance Yard’ protecting our City from the environmental impacts citizens opposed. Ian’s voting record is reflected in the Community Vision Lynnwood residents proposed and the City Council unanimously adopted. Visit Website

  • Rosamaria Graziani - Lynnwood City Council Position 3

    Taxes and fees are out of control in Lynnwood. My family’s utility bill has more than tripled since we moved here 12 years ago. Lynnwood has the highest sales and property taxes and the most expensive utilities in the county. These tax and fee hikes take a human toll, especially on seniors and working families. People are being taxed out of their homes.Lynnwood’s revenues are higher than ever! There should be no need for more taxes. The problem is wasteful spending of taxpayer money. EXECUTIVE expenses increased from $75,000 in March 2015 to $203,000 in March 2017! Also, Lynnwood has a $5 MILLION BUDGET DEFICIT that was “balanced” by reducing the Reserve Funds! If you are not angry at this defi cit-hiding accounting maneuver, you should be! As your councilwoman, I will seek to roll back recent tax and fee increases. I will bring back a balanced budget and transparency.Lynnwood should be a model city. We need to take care of our neighbors and keep the city safe. For our children’s sake, we should reduce waste and not use toxins in our parks. We should raise the minimum wage, not executive pay.


  • Jeff Seibert - Marysville City Council Position 5

    The 16 years I have served on the Marysville City Council has been a privilege, thank you. I am asking that you allow me the honor of serving another term as your representative. The first priority of government is Public Safety. I have and will continue to fully support the Police and Fire Departments. I have lived in the Marysville area since 1987, my wife and I have raised two daughters, both of whom graduated from Marysville Pilchuck High school. I have consistently voted against raising property taxes. I was involved in an economic development strategy that has brought more retail business to Marysville. The increased revenue has provided funding for traffi c improvement projects, added bike lanes, new parks and walking trails. I believe my experience working with the Mayor and other council members will help me continue to improve the quality of life for the residents of our community!

Mountlake Terrace

  • Kyoko Matsumoto Wright - Mountlake Terrace Council Position 4

    I worked hard to help Mountlake Terrace prepare for the changes we need before light rail arrives. If we don’t plan ahead,the change may not be the changes we want. Therefore I am working hard on growth and economic development. I am also working on aff ordable housing and public safety. I am running for re election so that I can continue to make this city a place we want to live in. Endorsed by current council Wahl, Ryan, McCardle and Mayor Smith. Also Senators Palumbo, Liias, Chase, Hobbs, Hasegawa, State Rep. Ryu, Mayors Gregerson(Mukilteo), Smith(Lynnwood), Roberts(Shoreline), Sno. Co County Exec. Somers, Council Wright, Sullivan, Ryan, Other City Council Cook(Mukilteo), Guzak(Snohomish), McConnell(Shoreline), Fraley-Monillas(Edmonds), and the Snohomish County Camano Association of Realtors, so far.


  • Sarah Kneller - Mukilteo City Council Position 3

    Elected officials are only successful if their communities are thriving. I want to support our community by ensuring the financial fitness of our city, giving voice to community concerns about development, traffi c and safe transportation. I will address community issues related to drug addiction, mental health and crime. I will build a relationship between our school board and council and work to empower residents to positively engage with city government. We are all better when we work together. Listen, learn and engage. I’m a perpetual optimist and active Mukilteo community member as a wife, mother and television media professional. I don’t just research the issues I care about, I walk the walk by volunteering for municipal and family service organizations that make a diff erence. Our city will be faced with a number of big decisions in the coming years and you deserve a representative who will hear and address your concerns. My primary objective is to serve our community with honesty, transparency and open communication. When you elect me, you elect a public servant. I ask for your vote. Visit Website

  • Shaun Olsen - Mukilteo School District Position 4

    As a son of educators, I have always placed a high value on public education. I believe in the idea that a well-educated electorate is the lifeblood of our democracy and fundamental if we wish to keep it. We need to take education seriously. It is an investment in our future that we cannot aff ord to shortchange. We must fully fund our schools and make sure our teachers are well compensated and supported. As well, we need to off er our students the opportunity for a well-rounded education that includes art, music, and civic engagement, along with STEM. I believe it is beneficial to all of us if our students leave our school systems not so much knowing what to think, but knowing how to think. That is why I feel it is so important for us to rethink the details surrounding standardized testing in this state. If elected, I will be active, accessible, and responsive. I would be honored to have your vote for this position. I am proud to have the unanimous endorsement of both the Snohomish County Democrats, and the 21st Legislative District Democrats.


  • Jacqueline McGourty - Northshore School District 417 Director District 1

    I am a 25-year resident of the Northshore School District and I am passionate about public education. My own public school teachers gave me the drive to succeed and to open doors for others, particularly for young women and underserved students, to ensure equal opportunity for all. I am a strong advocate for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) studies, as well as the Arts. We must educate the whole child for whatever path they choose.My experience as a scientist and manager in the biotech industry, gives me the management, budget, team-building, and troubleshooting skills needed to tackle the District’s challenges. Experience teaching at the college level gives me appreciation for the needs of the classroom.I know, firsthand, how critical education is to achieving a level playing fi eld. All NSD students deserve the best education possible to achieve their maximum potential. I pledge to support our teachers, parents, and schools to equip them to inspire every student. I will be a strong, experienced advocate for equal access to the quality education our communities deserve. I respectfully request your vote. Visit Website

  • Sherry Kranick - Northshore School District 417 Director District 2

    Every child deserves an equitable world-class education to prepare them for lifetime success. That’s why I want to serve as a director on the Northshore School Board. As a mother of three, my family’s educational experiences go beyond general education to include both highly capable and special education programs. I became an advocate for all students while helping my own children. I have served as a volunteer with several child advocacy organizations over the past decade. My work with Northshore Schools Foundation and PTA at the local, state, and national levels focused on improving the education our students receive. My experience includes working alongside parents, teachers, administrators, and legislators on policy committees to eff ect change. I have served on several statewide advisory committees and policy committees at the Offi ce of the Superintendent of Public Instruction. Our education policies must both define and fund basic education while ensuring success for students. I will use my experience as a child advocate to champion policies that provide opportunities for every student to achieve their potential. I am ready to serve Northshore Schools to ensure students continue receiving a world-class education. I would appreciate your vote. Visit Website

  • Bob Swain- Northshore School Board of Director District 2

    Population growth and the lack of adequate and balanced funding is putting pressure on class sizes, school capacity, and our ability to provide quality and equitable instruction for our diverse student body. Seasoned experience and leadership is essential to preserving and improving the sustainable quality of our school district. I care deeply about this community and the wonderful students, parents, educators, staff, and administrators that are so committed to our schools. My three children are/ were students of Northshore schools, my wife teaches at Northshore Middle School, and I have volunteered thousands of hours serving in our schools and community atlarge over the years. 27 years of private and public sector experience with multi-million dollar budgets and transactions has given me the financial, analytical, and listening skills that will help me to be a skillful, objective, and thoughtful member of our school board. Visit Website

City of Snohomish

  • Karen Guzak - Snohomish Mayor

    Our city is changing to a “strong” mayor form of government. I embrace that change, bringing years of experience to maintain stability and continuity in our city services. I have management and financial skills. I am a forward looking team builder, a positive and pragmatic problem solver, and one who believes in service, community, and quality as inspiration. I am a creator, not a destroyer, a uniter not a divider. I know and love our city and am prepared to serve – strong in my commitment to our small town values where we care for the health, safety, and happiness of all citizens of our beloved city. Promoting our city and our region to support Snohomish’s vision of preserving our historic roots while promoting our vitality is a core mission. I believe in sensible solutions, balance, fiscal responsibility, continuing to lower sewer and water rates, preserving our streets, sidewalks, trails, and parks to promote a more livable city. I am dedicated to work for a stronger and more compassionate community – protecting our families, our businesses. I recognize that strength comes from embracing everyone. Together we will continue to be one of the Ten Best Small Cities in the U.S. Visit Website

  • Linda Redmon - Snohomish City Council Position 5

    Snohomish is a special place and I want to make sure it stays that way. We are seeing growth happen all around us and we need to come together to be proactive in handling how that growth aff ects our unique town. My work and volunteer eff orts through the years have focused on listening to and helping others, and I have always been able to build bridges and fi nd common ground. We need to focus once again on small town values, especially neighbors helping neighbors.One thing I’ve noticed as I’ve attended city meetings is that there are a lot of good people wanting to take part in our city government, but very few have school-aged kids like I do. I believe this is because it takes time, eff ort, and knowledge to be involved in our city government, and this is asking a lot from working families. Your concerns are important and should be heard. With me on the city council, you won’t have to work hard to be heard. I will off er coff ee chats, town halls, neighborhood meetings, and listening tables at local stores and events. I will bring your government to you. I would appreciate your vote! Visit Website

2017 Primary

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