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Welcome to the Fuse Progressive Voters Guide to the 2021 primary election! The Progressive Voters Guide compiles the information that allows you to make informed decisions about the races on your ballot, based on your values. You can learn about our partners and decision-making process here. Please share this guide with your friends and family!

Mukilteo City Council

Mukilteo City Council, Position #1

  • 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.

Mukilteo City Council, Position #2

  • Caitlein Ryan is the founder of Sound Cultivation, a cannabis political consulting firm. Ryan lists a long history of volunteer service in the community, including as a PTA member and a classroom volunteer for Mukilteo Public Schools. Ryan's platform states that she is running to advocate for business equity, family food security, and affordable housing. She is endorsed by a slate of Democratic elected officials and organizations.

    Ryan is running against Ayesha Riaz Khan, Kevin Stoltz, and Tom Jordal. Khan is a substitute teacher at Mukilteo School District. Voters should note that the candidate is the wife of current council member Riaz Khan; her successful election would concentrate two-sevenths of the council's power in one household. Khan does not have a candidate website and the platform listed in her voters' guide statement is minimal. She states that she is running to prevent car tab increases - though she does not provide alternative sources of revenue for the services she is proposing, including sidewalk expansions.

    Former Mukilteo Councilmember Stoltz is running again to resuscitate the Mukilteo Park and Ride, revisit traffic calming policies, and discourage nighttime passenger jets. He served on the council for two terms between 2006 and 2013. Like his fellow candidate Schmalz in Position 3, Stoltz was recently featured in the Mukilteo Beacon where some raised the issue of favoritism towards the former council members after speed humps were installed near their homes. While traffic concerns certainly affect the quality of life for residents, without a broader platform or values, we don't have reason to think that Stoltz will pursue progressive reforms on the council.

    Tom Jordal is a small business owner and volunteer with the Mukilteo School District whose campaign lacks detail about how he would affect policy change in Mukilteo. He does not have relevant community or leadership experience and only states that if elected, he would bring more festivals and concerts to the city.

    While we would strongly prefer that candidates be more explicit about their platforms, we would give Ryan a small edge here based on her community and elected support in this race.

    Caitlein Ryan

    Caitlein Ryan is the founder of Sound Cultivation, a cannabis political consulting firm. Ryan lists a long history of volunteer service in the community, including as a PTA member and a classroom volunteer for Mukilteo Public Schools.

Mukilteo City Council, Position #3

No Recommendation

Because information about these candidates is not as detailed as we would like, we are not making a recommendation in this race. Voters should review the following candidates and pick the one whose values most align with their own.

Carolyn (Dode) Carlson is a former Democratic precinct committee officer and retired manager at the U.S. Postal Service. Carlson is a longtime community volunteer who received the Mukilteo Kiwanis Club's 2020 citizen of the year award for her longtime service to the community through the Mukilteo Seniors Association, the Parks and Rec board, the Mukilteo Community Garden, and more. However, her website is not active as of mid-July, leaving much of her city council platform a mystery. Her official voters' guide statement says that she will focus on the budget and not making cuts to services. Carlson states that she is endorsed by Snohomish County Treasurer Brian Sullivan and Mukilteo City Councilmember Sarah Kneller.

Former Mukilteo city council member Steve Schmalz was elected to the council in 2012 and served until 2019. He is also a member of the Mukilteo Arts Guild. His current run is focused almost entirely on infrastructure, and he states that if re-elected he will focus on traffic, trail maintenance, and funding law enforcement. Schmalz was recently featured in the Mukilteo Beacon where some raised the issue of favoritism towards the former council member after speed humps were installed near and fellow candidate Kevin Stoltz's homes. Given his previous record and the underdeveloped platform for his current run, Schmalz should not be expected to be a progressive voice for the residents of Mukilteo.

Tim Ellis was appointed to the Mukilteo Parks and Arts Commission this April by the city council. He also volunteers with organizations such as Snohomish County Marine Resources Committee and is a former chair of Mukilteo Climate Action. However, he has yet to post a campaign website with detailed policy proposals as of mid-July. His voters' guide statement establishes him as a candidate who wants to consider the environment, especially green spaces.

Alex Crocco is a former operations manager at Boeing. Crocco has also served in the Army reserves, National Guard, and on the Bishop's Committee for his church. He does not have a campaign website as of mid-July and his voters' guide statement only mentions the issues of land use and economic development, public safety, and infrastructure.