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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.
A former fire chief in Alaska, Judith Kuleta is running for Snohomish City Council to prioritize parks, public safety, and affordable housing. If elected, she would focus on preserving the city's small-town character, maintaining public safety, supporting the youth council, and supporting walkability for pedestrians and cyclists. City Councilmember Karen Guzak, who is leaving Position 1 this year, has endorsed Kuleta.
Also in this race are Elizabeth Larsen and Don Baldwin. Elizabeth Larsen is a member of the Public Safety Commission, which is working on a report about homelessness and opioid use. She has worked for Snohomish County for nearly 15 years and is currently a project manager for the county's public works department. Don Baldwin is running to promote CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) training and support neighborhood watch groups. A former pistol safety instructor, Baldwin does not have elected or political experience but cites his time shooting with an LGBTQ group as indicative of his ability to bring groups together.
Kuleta is the strongest choice for Snohomish City Council, Position 2.