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SEPAC

SEPAC

The Snohomish Ebony PAC (SEPAC) exists to increase the representation of African Americans in elected positions and to hold all elected officials accountable to our community, regardless of political party affiliation.

County Council Races

Snohomish County Council

  • Brandy Donaghy is a community organizer and Navy veteran who is challenging incumbent Councilmember Samuel Low for Snohomish County Council in District 5. She is a strong progressive whose campaign priorities include COVID-19 recovery that incorporates community support, housing security, justice reform, and maintaining green space. Donaghy serves on the board of directors for the Communities of Color Coalition. She also regularly volunteers to provide emergency services and disaster relief to the Snohomish community.

    Low has been an outspoken Republican voice on the council. In June, Low voted against $4 per hour hazard pay for grocery store workers on the front lines of the pandemic. Earlier this spring, he badgered and voted against the appointment of a young woman of color to the Regional Law and Justice Council because he disagreed with some of her social media posts.

    Donaghy would bring a much-needed progressive perspective to the council and is the obvious choice for Snohomish County Council in District 5.

    Brandy Donaghy

    Brandy Donaghy is a community organizer and Navy veteran who is challenging incumbent Councilmember Samuel Low for Snohomish County Council in District 5.

City Council Races

Edmonds City Council

  • Evergreen Future
  • Alicia Crank is running for Edmonds City Council, Position 1. Crank currently works as the chief development officer at a local nonprofit and serves as the vice-chair of the Edmonds Planning Board. She has extensive community leadership experience including working for the Edmonds Senior Center, Edmonds Chamber of Commerce, and the Edmonds Sister City Commission.

    In this campaign, Crank is prioritizing housing affordability, transparent and responsive government, thoughtful growth, and public safety such as reducing gun violence. She has proposed green building practices and constructing mixed-use developments to make sure that Edmonds can grow while remaining committed to environmental sustainability and economic diversity. Crank is running a strong campaign and has earned endorsements from progressive elected officials and organizations.

    Crank is running against incumbent Councilmember Kristiana Johnson and Brian Hartman. First elected in 2012, Johnson has made environmental protections a focus of her time on the council. Unfortunately, she sent a racially insensitive email last year regarding federal grants for white-owned and Asian-owned businesses that drew criticism from her fellow council members. She has since apologized but the situation raises concerns about her ability to engage an equity lens and to serve all Edmonds residents.

    Hartman is a precinct committee officer and senior director of enterprise technology at Blue Origin. He does not have a strong campaign presence but has emphasized that his business background would translate to economic leadership if he is elected.

    Alicia Crank is the best choice in this race and deserves your vote for Position 1 on the Edmonds City Council.

    Alicia Crank

    Alicia Crank is running for Edmonds City Council, Position 1. Crank currently works as the chief development officer at a local nonprofit and serves as the vice-chair of the Edmonds Planning Board.

Mukilteo City Council

  • Public benefit specialist Louis Harris was appointed to Position 1 on the Mukilteo City Council in 2020. His work with the state Department of Social and Health Services, as well as his service as the vice president of the NAACP of Snohomish County and on the boards of the YMCA and Communities of Color Coalition, have prepared Harris well to serve all residents of Mukilteo.

    During his first year on the council, Harris voted in favor of adopting a plan that would improve housing options for seniors. He also supported a program to educate residents about services that could help them stay in their homes. If re-elected, he states that he will address noise pollution from Paine Field, invest in infrastructure improvements, and promote local businesses.

    Harris is running against Peter Zieve and Tina Over. Zieve is a conservative businessman and misinformation promoter who is running for Mukilteo City Council for the third time. He is notorious for funding a hateful mailer campaign to oppose the construction of a mosque in Mukilteo in 2016. Zieve also funded misleading political campaigns against progressive candidates in 2018 and 2019, while in 2020 funded yet another mailer campaign aimed at keeping low-income residents out of Mukilteo.

    Tina Over is a real estate broker with experience serving as a Mukilteo Civil Service commissioner. This is Over's third run for city council. Like her 2019 run, Over does not have a strong campaign presence, lacking both a campaign website or a voters' guide statement. In her previous campaign, she 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.

    Harris has a very solid lineup of endorsements from state representatives, neighboring elected officials, and local progressive organizations. Harris is by far the best choice for Mukilteo City Council, Position 1.

    Louis Harris

    Public benefit specialist Louis Harris was appointed to Position 1 on the Mukilteo City Council in 2020.

Everett City Council

  • Demi Chatters is an education advocate who has spent more than a decade working to bring inclusive and quality education to public school students. She is deeply embedded in the community as a member of the Snohomish Human Rights Commission and Evergreen Middle School Equity Team. She also serves on the board for Seattle Suns, a youth sports organization that focuses on youth experiencing poverty, as well as a committee member for LGBTQ organization NOLOSE.

    If elected to the Everett City Council, Chatters wants to advocate for an equitable and sustainable recovery from COVID that benefits everyone in the city. To that end, she will prioritize infrastructure investment, increase sustainable business development, and champion workers' rights through fair collective bargaining. She notes that the increasing struggle of residents to secure housing should be met with additional services in the form of mental health, encouraging more housing options, and moving the unsheltered towards more housing options. Specifically for District 5, Chatters wants to see the completion of the Silver Lake trail, reinforce road stability, and create opportunities for parks within neighborhoods.

    Chatters is running against Kelly M. Fox and Ben Zarlingo. Fox is the executive director of Snohomish County EMS. Fox's campaign website emphasizes her interest in social justice, public transportation, and affordable housing for all. Her voters' guide statement says that she's running to encourage a strong economy outside of Boeing's success and to improve government services.

    Zarlingo is a communications technology consultant and a leader in the Silver Lake Neighborhood Association. His platform is not yet concrete. He wants to create good jobs and handle growth and homelessness, though he does not elaborate on how.

    Demi Chatters has the support of several local progressive officials and is committed to building an Everett that supports working families. She is the clear choice for Everett City Council in District 5.

    Demi Chatters

    Demi Chatters is an education advocate who has spent more than a decade working to bring inclusive and quality education to public school students. She is deeply embedded in the community as a member of the Snohomish Human Rights Commission and Evergreen Middle School Equity Team.

School Board Races

Marysville

  • Local precinct officer Clarence Shaw is running for Marysville School Board, Position 4. Shaw has served in a number of community leadership roles including on the Snohomish County Arts Commission, Snohomish County Health District Equity Advisory Committee, and Snohomish County Black Heritage Committee. In the private sector, he worked for Washington state as a customer service supervisor. And, before living in Washington, Shaw served on his local school board and city council in California.

    Shaw does not have a campaign website as of mid-July, but he included a detailed platform in the voters' guide which includes bolstering teachers and school staff, serving students and their families, addressing inequities and updating accountability policy for hate crimes, and fundraising to replace Cascade and Liberty elementary schools.

    Incumbent Vanessa Edwards is running to retain Position 4 with the school board where she has been since 2017 and now serves as president. Edwards is a farmer, veteran, and former member of the Snohomish County Agriculture Board. She wants to keep supporting students, families, and teachers alike to create an engaging and inclusive learning community but has not offered a detailed platform yet in this race.

    There are two other candidates in this race. Jim Ross, who works in the telecommunications industry, is running a campaign with progressive values including calling for both racial equity in schools and programming to support kids as they explore their gender identity. He served on the Parent Advisory Council for Marysville School District 25 from 2019 to 2020 and is a parent to five current students in the Marysville school system. Wade Rinehardt is a reactionary conservative who is running to raise the district’s test scores and to oppose curriculum changes that emphasize diversity and equity. Rinehardt works as a manager in the private sector.

    With his experience and progressive track record, Clarence Shaw is the best choice for Marysville School Board, Position 4.

    Clarence Shaw

    Local precinct officer Clarence Shaw is running for Marysville School Board, Position 4.