City of Snohomish

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Snohomish County Council

Snohomish County Council, District #1

  • Nicole Ng-A-Qui is running for Snohomish County Council in District 1. Ng-A-Qui has owned a small business for nearly 20 years and has experience working in forestry and restoration ecology as well as education. She served on the policy advisory council for the Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program for two years.

    Ng-A-Qui’s campaign is focused on making Snohomish County a model for sustainable development, keeping forests and watersheds healthy while protecting jobs and keeping the budget balanced. She is endorsed by local leaders including County Councilmember Megan Dunn and Rep. Emily Wicks as well as community groups including the Sauk-Suiattle Tribe and the Snohomish County Democrats.

    She is facing incumbent Nate Nehring and Richard Yust. Nehring was elected in 2017 on punishing drug users and opposing greater investments in community services as alternatives to law enforcement. Nehring is supported by staunch Republicans including Cathy McMorris Rodgers and Dave Reichert. Yust is a small business owner but is not a serious candidate. He does not have a coherent platform or relevant experience.

    Ng-A-Qui is the best choice in the race for Snohomish County Council in District 1.

    Nicole Ng-A-Qui

    Nicole Ng-A-Qui is running for Snohomish County Council in District 1. Ng-A-Qui has owned a small business for nearly 20 years and has experience working in forestry and restoration ecology as well as education.

Snohomish County Council, District #4

  • Democrat
  • Evergreen Future
  • Jared Mead is running for re-election to a four-year term on the Snohomish County Council in District 4. He previously served in the state Legislature and was appointed to the council in 2020 after Terry Ryan resigned, winning his election in 2020 for the final year of the term.

    Mead is a strong progressive who has worked to prohibit discrimination, fight the climate crisis, and secure an energy-independent state for future generations. His campaign priorities include reducing traffic and pollution through transit-oriented development and protecting the county's urban growth areas.

    Also in this race is Republican candidate Brenda Carrington. Carrington has a business background in construction and landscaping and opposed Mead for the same position last year. Carrington opposes new funding for essential services and disagrees with efforts to redirect some law enforcement funding to community safety and prevention. 

    Mead is the clear choice for Snohomish County Council in District 4.

    Jared Mead

    Jared Mead is running for re-election to a four-year term on the Snohomish County Council in District 4. He previously served in the state Legislature and was appointed to the council in 2020 after Terry Ryan resigned, winning his election in 2020 for the final year of the term.

Snohomish County Council, District #5

  • 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.

Snohomish Mayor

Snohomish Mayor

  • Evergreen Future
  • Current Snohomish City Council President Linda Redmon is running for mayor of Snohomish. Redmon has served on Snohomish City Council since 2018 and as president since 2020. She also represents portions of the county including Monroe, Gold Bar, and Sultan on the Snohomish County Board of Health. In her time on the city council, she has advocated for more comprehensive access to broadband, worked on support for workers and businesses during the pandemic, and promoted protecting parks and green spaces.

    Redmon is facing Samuel Forest King and John Kartak. As the city's first elected mayor since a shift in the governmental system, Kartak has had a rough and controversial tenure. In May of last year, Kartak faced heavy criticism for allowing a gathering of 100 armed vigilantes with confederate flags to tailgate and intimidate Snohomish protestors. Kartak claimed, falsely, that only a few of the people were associated with fringe groups. In October, Kartak sparked outrage once again by posting a picture on Facebook depicting a toy car running over figurines meant to resemble protesters. Samuel Forest King does not have any campaign information available.

    Kartak has brought endless division and controversy to the City of Snohomish. It's time to elect a leader who can rebuild relationships and unite the city under an inclusive vision. Vote for Linda Redmon for mayor of Snohomish.

    Linda Redmon

    Current Snohomish City Council President Linda Redmon is running for mayor of Snohomish. Redmon has served on Snohomish City Council since 2018 and as president since 2020.

Snohomish City Council

Snohomish City Council, Council-at-Large Position 5

  • Kari Zimmerman is running for Council-at-Large Position 5 on the Snohomish City Council. Zimmerman is a realtor and community manager who has been involved with local government as a citizen. For this race, she has a vision for Snohomish that includes affordable housing, environmental stewardship, thoughtful growth, and public safety that speaks to equity and inclusion. She is endorsed by progressive elected officials.

    Also in this race are Becky Perkins and David Flynn. Perkins is the president of the Everett Quilt Guild and is engaged with community organizations. She has a professional background in customer service and office management and is running on the vague platform of keeping Snohomish a welcoming community with family values. She has no other policy proposals or website available at this time.

    David Flynn is a small business owner who works in flooring. He has worked as a volunteer with the Historic Downtown Snohomish Association and, like Perkins, states that he wants to preserve the town's charm, though he does not say what that entails. Flynn is also interested in expanding the town's commitment to the arts as well as pursuing affordable housing, environmental protections, and small business support.

    With endorsements from progressives in her area, Zimmerman is the best choice for Position 5 on the city council.

    Kari Zimmerman

    Kari Zimmerman is running for Council-at-Large Position 5 on the Snohomish City Council. Zimmerman is a realtor and community manager who has been involved with local government as a citizen.

Snohomish City Council, Council-at-Large Position 7

  • Evergreen Future
  • Karen Guzak is a small business owner and former council member who is running for Position 7 on the Snohomish City Council. She previously served on the city council from 2007 to 2019 and as the mayor for seven years during that time. Guzak has community leadership experience including serving as the president of the board of directors for the Artist Trust, as well as president and developer of Sunny Arms Artist's Cooperative and Union Art Cooperative.

    In this race, Guzak is committed to making Snohomish a city that cares for the wellbeing of all of its residents. She wants to preserve local history, cultivate town vitality, and build affordable housing. 

    Guzak is facing Tabitha Baty and conservative incumbent Steve Dana. Dana runs a right-wing blog where he has blamed student debt on the choice to take out loans before entering bad job markets, defended Trump after the Mueller investigation, and criticized programs for affordable housing. Recently, a Facebook post by Dana appeared to defend those who participated in the January 6 Capitol assault.

    Baty is the president of Snohomish for Equity and an aerospace program manager. Baty has been involved with addressing racism and racial inequities in Snohomish. She states that she is running to build a more resilient community, promote accountability at the city government level, and engage residents in open dialogue.

    Guzak deserves your vote for Council-at-Large Position 7 to bring much-needed experience and progressive values to the Snohomish City Council.

    Karen Guzak

    Karen Guzak is a small business owner and former council member who is running for Position 7 on the Snohomish City Council. She previously served on the city council from 2007 to 2019 and as the mayor for seven years during that time.