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Incumbent Dave Somers is running unopposed for re-election for Snohomish County Executive. Somers has supported measures to create parks and open spaces, ushered in commercial air service to Paine Field, invested in alternative fuels, and worked on salmon recovery. He also supported working with nonprofits to “un-develop” land in the county and restore it to its natural state with native plants. This year, Somers announced that he would be developing a Snohomish County Housing Task Force to help meet the affordable housing needs of the community through new policies or incentives, including middle-income, subsidized, and alternative housing.
Somers deserves your vote.
Megan Dunn, the program director for the Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides, led the successful effort to create districts for the Everett City Council. Recently, she served on the Everett Community Streets Initiative Task Force, which helps address homelessness in downtown Everett. While serving as a Democratic precinct committee officer, she helped develop a platform for environmental protection, voting rights, a resilient economy, and health care access for all. Dunn also worked with Service Employees International Union (SEIU) to help secure a citywide contract which includes the first-ever guaranteed sick days.
Dunn is running for Snohomish County Council in District 2 to continue her work on community-building and environmental sustainability. She has received a number of endorsements from community leaders and members of the Everett City Council.
Dunn is facing a large number of candidates to fill term-limited Snohomish County Councilmember Brian Sullivan’s seat.
Former council aide Tyler Verda works for Snohomish County providing housing and homelessness services. He also served as a legislative assistant to Rep. Mike Sells in Olympia. He is running to bring that experience to the council to better serve residents experiencing homelessness and to find solutions that work for the affordable housing crisis. Tyler has earned support from some local labor unions for his progressive platform that supports working people.
Mukilteo Mayor Jennifer Gregerson led the fight to bring homegrown paramedic services into the Mukilteo fire station and is known for working against commercial air service. Gregerson supported the city's Paine Field defense fund and is running to increase public safety, build more affordable housing, and find solutions to the opioid crisis.
Louis Harris is the vice president of the Snohomish County NAACP and a state financial services worker at the Department of Social and Health Services. He is running to ensure that first responders have the resources they need to keep communities safe, prioritize transparency as a leader, and build stronger technology and civic engagement systems for the county.
Sharita Burton is a marketing consultant who participated in Everett Mayor Ray Stephenson’s Envision Everett Committee. Alex Lark is an Everett Planning Commission member and U.S. Army Reserve officer who currently works at Housing Hope, a local nonprofit that works to reduce homelessness in the Snohomish County and Camano Island areas. Cecilia Wilson is a conservative Democrat who served as the executive assistant for County Executive David Somers. She would focus on the opioid crisis, affordable housing, and improvements to public roads. If elected, she would make the council more conservative. The lone Republican in this race is Anna Rohrbough, who clashed with her fellow members of the Mukilteo City Council.
Dunn is the best choice for Snohomish County Council in District 2.
Richard Emery is running for re-election to Mukilteo City Council, Position 4. He was first appointed to this seat in 2008. In his time on the council, Emery has prioritized preserving property in Japanese Gulch for recreation, increasing police and fire staffing, and improving school crosswalks. He also authored a gun safety resolution.
Emery's opponents in this race are Scott Whelpley and Charles Eakins. Whelpley is an Iraq and Afghanistan veteran and currently holds Position 5 on Mukilteo City Council. He wants to promote responsible spending, public safety, and expand businesses in the area. Eakins is a Libertarian software engineer running on a platform of never raising taxes, finding solutions for ferry traffic that holds Mukilteo "hostage," and defending the rights of the individual.
Emery is a supporter of sustainable communities and has earned your vote.
Riaz Khan is running for Mukilteo City Council, Position 5. Khan is the President of the Islamic Center of Mukilteo, the group attacked by Peter Zieve's racist campaign for wanting to build a mosque in Mukilteo (see Mukilteo City Council, Position 6). Khan's campaign is focused on neighborhood safety, strong economic development, and transparency in Mukilteo’s finances.
Also in this race are James Yoo and Christopher Maddux. Yoo owns two construction-related businesses and aside from stating that he's running to be a strong leader, does not have a detailed vision for the city. During his 2017 run for Mukilteo City Council Position 1, Yoo said that he felt traffic congestion was the city’s biggest issue and wanted to have a group formed to focus on mitigating traffic. Maddux is a veteran and political newcomer who does not have a robust campaign presence.
Khan has proved his dedication to being a community leader in the face of bigotry and deserves your vote.
Elisabeth Crawford is an occupational health and safety specialist running for Mukilteo City Council, Position 6. She was appointed to the Parks and Arts Commission by Mayor Gregerson in April 2019. Crawford is running to plan for the future of Mukilteo and promises to bring "private sector urgency and experience to our community and prioritize the concerns of residents."
Crawford is running against Exekiel Aranez and Peter Zieve. Aranez is a political newcomer who does not have a strong campaign presence or detailed campaign information available. Peter Zieve is notorious for funding a racist mailer campaign to oppose the construction of a mosque in Mukilteo. Zieve also funded false and misleading political campaigns against progressive candidates in 2018.
Crawford is the best choice for Mukilteo City Council Position 6.
Tina Over is a real estate broker running for Mukilteo City Council, Position 7. Over challenged Mukilteo City Councilmember Bob Champion for Position 2 in 2017. Though she does not have a strong campaign presence, Over recently finished an initial term as Mukilteo Civil Service Commissioner in April. She also supported the city's move to become a "welcoming city" for people of all immigration statuses and providing more parks and green spaces for multigenerational use.
Over is running against Joe Marine and Kristina Melnichenko. Marine served on the Mukilteo City Council from 1998 to 2001 and was mayor of Mukilteo from 2005 to 2013. He self-identifies as a Republican and is running to restore trust towards the council and make progress on the waterfront. He has also pointed to frustration that the city council voted down an opportunity for a park-and-ride as part of his decision to run. Melnichenko is a data analyst who campaigned in support of progressive candidates like Liz Vogeli and Rebecca Wolfe-Rollins and the two failed carbon fees from 2016 and 2018. Her campaign is very focused on revisiting the budget and financial sustainability of the city's economy. She states that she does not "believe residents should bear the cost of increased business activity," that small and new businesses pay a disproportionate amount of business revenue, and that businesses pay for low taxes in the end by high fixed costs like permits.
Over's commitment to serving on the Mukilteo City Council and experience as a civil service commissioner make her the best choice in this race.