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  • Progressive Melanie Lockhart is challenging the incumbent Heather Fulcher for Monroe City Council, Position 4. Lockhart currently serves on the Monroe Planning Commission and on the board of Take the Next Step, a Christian nonprofit that serves homeless and low-income residents.

    As a parent of three young kids, she has also been an advocate for our students. She spoke out against racism and harassment after several hate incidents made headlines in recent years. She also is the chairperson for Citizens of Monroe Schools, where she advocates for the levies and bonds that fund educators, transportation, and special education programs for our schools.

    Lockhart is running to make Monroe a truly welcoming city for residents of all races, incomes, and backgrounds. She would change zoning, seek funding, and work with developers to create long-term attainable housing for the next generation. She would make downtown more safe and walkable, and make business applications more language-accessible and affordable for new small business-owners. She says her degree in journalism has also prepared her to communicate and be responsive to Monroe's diverse population.

    Her opponent is incumbent Heather Fulcher, who has served on the Monroe City Council since 2020. She has served on the Planning Commission, Economic Development Advisory Board, and Housing Affordability Taskforce for the county. Most of her work experience is in retail - she is the owner of Monroe Coffee Co., and has managed her family's bookstore.

    Fulcher has very little public information about her political stances and platform for re-election. However, her Facebook has many posts where she celebrates police sweeps of encampments, which we know are inhumane and ineffective. She also thinks the city should prosecute people for "smaller amounts of drugs," indicating that she supports the "tough on crime" laws that have led to the mass incarceration of low-income and BIPOC communities.

    Monroe locals have reported that Fulcher was dismissive of commonsense masking protocols at her coffeeshop during the height of the pandemic, and her campaign is supported by several Republican elected officials.

    Lockhart would bring a fresh, progressive voice to the Monroe City Council. She deserves your vote for position 4.
    Last updated: 2023-10-31

    Melanie Lockhart

    Progressive Melanie Lockhart is challenging the incumbent Heather Fulcher for Monroe City Council, Position 4. Lockhart currently serves on the Monroe Planning Commission and on the board of Take the Next Step, a Christian nonprofit that serves homeless and low-income residents.

    Progressive Melanie Lockhart is challenging the incumbent Heather Fulcher for Monroe City Council, Position 4. Lockhart currently serves on the Monroe Planning Commission and on the board of Take the Next Step, a Christian nonprofit that serves homeless and low-income residents.

    As a parent of three young kids, she has also been an advocate for our students. She spoke out against racism and harassment after several hate incidents made headlines in recent years. She also is the chairperson for Citizens of Monroe Schools, where she advocates for the levies and bonds that fund educators, transportation, and special education programs for our schools.

    Lockhart is running to make Monroe a truly welcoming city for residents of all races, incomes, and backgrounds. She would change zoning, seek funding, and work with developers to create long-term attainable housing for the next generation. She would make downtown more safe and walkable, and make business applications more language-accessible and affordable for new small business-owners. She says her degree in journalism has also prepared her to communicate and be responsive to Monroe's diverse population.

    Her opponent is incumbent Heather Fulcher, who has served on the Monroe City Council since 2020. She has served on the Planning Commission, Economic Development Advisory Board, and Housing Affordability Taskforce for the county. Most of her work experience is in retail - she is the owner of Monroe Coffee Co., and has managed her family's bookstore.

    Fulcher has very little public information about her political stances and platform for re-election. However, her Facebook has many posts where she celebrates police sweeps of encampments, which we know are inhumane and ineffective. She also thinks the city should prosecute people for "smaller amounts of drugs," indicating that she supports the "tough on crime" laws that have led to the mass incarceration of low-income and BIPOC communities.

    Monroe locals have reported that Fulcher was dismissive of commonsense masking protocols at her coffeeshop during the height of the pandemic, and her campaign is supported by several Republican elected officials.

    Lockhart would bring a fresh, progressive voice to the Monroe City Council. She deserves your vote for position 4.

    Melanie Lockhart

    Progressive Melanie Lockhart is challenging the incumbent Heather Fulcher for Monroe City Council, Position 4. Lockhart currently serves on the Monroe Planning Commission and on the board of Take the Next Step, a Christian nonprofit that serves homeless and low-income residents.

  • Incumbent Dave Somers is running for re-election for Snohomish County Executive. A former member of the Snohomish County Council, Somers has served as executive since 2016, where he manages twelve county offices, including Human Services, Medical Examiner, and Emergency Management.

    As county executive, Somers has supported measures to create parks and open spaces, invest in alternative fuels, aid salmon recovery, and develop the Snohomish County Housing Task Force to help meet the affordable housing needs of the community. More recently, Somers announced the Snohomish County Outreach Team (SCOUT) to pair social workers with law enforcement on behavioral health calls. Somers has also awarded $500,000 in federal recovery dollars for two new youth and family resource centers: the South County Korean Community Service Center and The Clearwater School. These two centers will help provide culturally-appropriate health services, community workshops, food access, and support for LGTBQ youth and families.

    Challenging Somers is Republican Bob Hagglund, who has served as the Snohomish County Republican Legislative District committee chairman and election integrity chairman since 2020. He also ran unsuccessfully for secretary of state in 2022. In an interview with The Everett Herald, Hagglund said that he voted for Trump in 2020 and hopes more Republicans will run on new ideas. Despite that, he touts tired old policies that have failed to address the root causes of homelessness and often end in cycling people through jail who may simply need more affordable housing or small amounts of support.

    Somers is by far the best choice for Snohomish County Executive. 
     

    Last updated: 2023-10-19

    Dave Somers

    Incumbent Dave Somers is running for re-election for Snohomish County Executive. A former member of the Snohomish County Council, Somers has served as executive since 2016, where he manages twelve county offices, including Human Services, Medical Examiner, and Emergency Management.

    Incumbent Dave Somers is running for re-election for Snohomish County Executive. A former member of the Snohomish County Council, Somers has served as executive since 2016, where he manages twelve county offices, including Human Services, Medical Examiner, and Emergency Management.

    As county executive, Somers has supported measures to create parks and open spaces, invest in alternative fuels, aid salmon recovery, and develop the Snohomish County Housing Task Force to help meet the affordable housing needs of the community. More recently, Somers announced the Snohomish County Outreach Team (SCOUT) to pair social workers with law enforcement on behavioral health calls. Somers has also awarded $500,000 in federal recovery dollars for two new youth and family resource centers: the South County Korean Community Service Center and The Clearwater School. These two centers will help provide culturally-appropriate health services, community workshops, food access, and support for LGTBQ youth and families.

    Challenging Somers is Republican Bob Hagglund, who has served as the Snohomish County Republican Legislative District committee chairman and election integrity chairman since 2020. He also ran unsuccessfully for secretary of state in 2022. In an interview with The Everett Herald, Hagglund said that he voted for Trump in 2020 and hopes more Republicans will run on new ideas. Despite that, he touts tired old policies that have failed to address the root causes of homelessness and often end in cycling people through jail who may simply need more affordable housing or small amounts of support.

    Somers is by far the best choice for Snohomish County Executive. 
     

    Dave Somers

    Incumbent Dave Somers is running for re-election for Snohomish County Executive. A former member of the Snohomish County Council, Somers has served as executive since 2016, where he manages twelve county offices, including Human Services, Medical Examiner, and Emergency Management.

  • Cindy Gobel, a certification and training specialist with the Washington Secretary of State, is running for county auditor again after a narrow loss for the position four years ago. She previously served the public as a representative with the Women’s Law Caucus in Snohomish County from 2012 to 2015. Gobel states that she has spent 11 years working in records, licensing, and animal control with law enforcement, and several more years working in elections, including some in former Secretary of State Kim Wyman's office.

    Gobel views the auditor’s office as a place where we all come together – to register a pet, apply for a marriage license, or register to vote. If elected, she has a progressive vision for strengthening our democratic systems, increasing transparency and community trust, and delivering efficient services for all residents. County auditors play an important role in upholding our election integrity, and Gobel wants to safeguard Snohomish voters from conspiracies and ensure every vote is counted. She also wants to implement accessibility measures to make sure that all Snohomish residents can make use of the auditor’s services, especially non-English speakers and residents of color who have historically been left behind by the office.

    Gobel is challenging incumbent auditor Garth Fell, who has 24 years of county election management experience, including previously working as Snohomish County’s elections manager and as county auditor. If re-elected, Fell wants to continue to ensure accurate, transparent, and customer-focused elections and animal services. Fell’s leadership in the auditor’s office has been characterized as “steadfastly neutral” by the Everett Herald. However, with our democracy under attack from the right, it is imperative that our next county auditor has a bold, community-focused plan that seeks to improve the office rather than simply maintain the status quo. 

    Gobel has earned an impressive list of progressive and community endorsements in this race. She is the best choice for Snohomish County Auditor.
     

    Last updated: 2023-10-18

    Cindy Gobel

    Cindy Gobel, a certification and training specialist with the Washington Secretary of State, is running for county auditor again after a narrow loss for the position four years ago.

    Cindy Gobel, a certification and training specialist with the Washington Secretary of State, is running for county auditor again after a narrow loss for the position four years ago. She previously served the public as a representative with the Women’s Law Caucus in Snohomish County from 2012 to 2015. Gobel states that she has spent 11 years working in records, licensing, and animal control with law enforcement, and several more years working in elections, including some in former Secretary of State Kim Wyman's office.

    Gobel views the auditor’s office as a place where we all come together – to register a pet, apply for a marriage license, or register to vote. If elected, she has a progressive vision for strengthening our democratic systems, increasing transparency and community trust, and delivering efficient services for all residents. County auditors play an important role in upholding our election integrity, and Gobel wants to safeguard Snohomish voters from conspiracies and ensure every vote is counted. She also wants to implement accessibility measures to make sure that all Snohomish residents can make use of the auditor’s services, especially non-English speakers and residents of color who have historically been left behind by the office.

    Gobel is challenging incumbent auditor Garth Fell, who has 24 years of county election management experience, including previously working as Snohomish County’s elections manager and as county auditor. If re-elected, Fell wants to continue to ensure accurate, transparent, and customer-focused elections and animal services. Fell’s leadership in the auditor’s office has been characterized as “steadfastly neutral” by the Everett Herald. However, with our democracy under attack from the right, it is imperative that our next county auditor has a bold, community-focused plan that seeks to improve the office rather than simply maintain the status quo. 

    Gobel has earned an impressive list of progressive and community endorsements in this race. She is the best choice for Snohomish County Auditor.
     

    Cindy Gobel

    Cindy Gobel, a certification and training specialist with the Washington Secretary of State, is running for county auditor again after a narrow loss for the position four years ago.

  • Endorsed By: Planned Parenthood Alliance Advocates, Washington Conservation Action, Snohomish County Democrats
  • Susanna Johnson, a 30-year veteran of the Snohomish County Sheriff's Office, is challenging incumbent Adam Fortney for Snohomish County Sheriff. She has worked in many roles across departments, including as a patrol deputy, detective sergeant, and SWAT Entry Team. Johnson was recently recruited by the Bothell Police Department to serve as a Lateral Police Captain and promoted to deputy chief. She is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy, which is the most sought-after executive law enforcement leadership training.

    In our interview with Johnson, she pointed to her vast executive and police experience compared to Fortney's and her desire to return the sheriff's office to steady leadership. She points to Fortney's rehiring of officers fired for dishonesty and improper use of force as well as the hiring of a Proud Boy as two reasons why the public has lost confidence in the office as a neutral body. She also points to internal issues, including the department's loss of accreditation, which costs taxpayers money in higher litigation and insurance fees, as well as increasing reports of PTSD for officers as other reasons for voters to be concerned. If elected, Johnson wants to see the office return to more community policing, building rapport among neighbors and businesses, reducing armed officer responses to calls when it's unnecessary, and using better analysis to prevent crime. 

    Incumbent Adam Fortney has served as sheriff since a contentious run against former sheriff Ty Trenary in 2019, whom Fortney worked for as sergeant. Fortney is a so-called "constitutional sheriff" who has refused to enforce laws that he doesn't personally believe in, including public health laws. 

    Fortney also used his position to publicly advocate against state laws on police accountability and high speed chases in a video he released from the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office. These types of communications may be illegal, as sheriff's offices and other public agencies are supposed to be limited to communications with constituents, not lobbying against lawmakers or public policy.

    Fortney's term has been marred by endless controversies that have eroded confidence in his leadership and judgement. Johnson's clearheaded vision would return the office to a much healthier place, and her enormous amount of endorsements, from progressive elected officials to other sheriffs' offices, show the strength of her platform and personal character. Johnson is by far the best choice for Snohomish County Sheriff. 
     

    Last updated: 2023-10-19

    Susanna Johnson

    Susanna Johnson, a 30-year veteran of the Snohomish County Sheriff's Office, is challenging incumbent Adam Fortney for Snohomish County Sheriff. She has worked in many roles across departments, including as a patrol deputy, detective sergeant, and SWAT Entry Team.

    Susanna Johnson, a 30-year veteran of the Snohomish County Sheriff's Office, is challenging incumbent Adam Fortney for Snohomish County Sheriff. She has worked in many roles across departments, including as a patrol deputy, detective sergeant, and SWAT Entry Team. Johnson was recently recruited by the Bothell Police Department to serve as a Lateral Police Captain and promoted to deputy chief. She is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy, which is the most sought-after executive law enforcement leadership training.

    In our interview with Johnson, she pointed to her vast executive and police experience compared to Fortney's and her desire to return the sheriff's office to steady leadership. She points to Fortney's rehiring of officers fired for dishonesty and improper use of force as well as the hiring of a Proud Boy as two reasons why the public has lost confidence in the office as a neutral body. She also points to internal issues, including the department's loss of accreditation, which costs taxpayers money in higher litigation and insurance fees, as well as increasing reports of PTSD for officers as other reasons for voters to be concerned. If elected, Johnson wants to see the office return to more community policing, building rapport among neighbors and businesses, reducing armed officer responses to calls when it's unnecessary, and using better analysis to prevent crime. 

    Incumbent Adam Fortney has served as sheriff since a contentious run against former sheriff Ty Trenary in 2019, whom Fortney worked for as sergeant. Fortney is a so-called "constitutional sheriff" who has refused to enforce laws that he doesn't personally believe in, including public health laws. 

    Fortney also used his position to publicly advocate against state laws on police accountability and high speed chases in a video he released from the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office. These types of communications may be illegal, as sheriff's offices and other public agencies are supposed to be limited to communications with constituents, not lobbying against lawmakers or public policy.

    Fortney's term has been marred by endless controversies that have eroded confidence in his leadership and judgement. Johnson's clearheaded vision would return the office to a much healthier place, and her enormous amount of endorsements, from progressive elected officials to other sheriffs' offices, show the strength of her platform and personal character. Johnson is by far the best choice for Snohomish County Sheriff. 
     

    Susanna Johnson

    Susanna Johnson, a 30-year veteran of the Snohomish County Sheriff's Office, is challenging incumbent Adam Fortney for Snohomish County Sheriff. She has worked in many roles across departments, including as a patrol deputy, detective sergeant, and SWAT Entry Team.

  • Endorsed By: Pro-Choice Washington, SEIU Locals 775, 925, and 1199, Sierra Club, SEPAC, Housing Action Fund, Snohomish & Island County Labor Council, Snohomish County Democrats, Washington Education Association
  • Judge Patrick M. Moriarty is running to retain his seat on the Snohomish County Superior Court in Position 17. Moriarty was appointed to this position by Governor Inslee in 2022 to fill a newly-created seat on the court. Before his appointment, Moriarty worked as a court commissioner for the county’s superior court, spent almost two decades as a judge pro tem in the county, and practiced law for almost three decades. In his law career, he has served as the assistant city attorney of Seattle, a public defender, and a private attorney in criminal defense and family law.

    The superior court is where Snohomish community members have important criminal, civil, and family matters adjudicated. Moriarty recognizes the important role judges play for the Snohomish community and wants to continue utilizing his extensive legal expertise to bring fair and experienced leadership to the court. In this race, he has earned an impressive roster of progressive endorsements from community organizations, labor groups, local Democrats, and elected officials. Moriarty has also been endorsed by every sitting judge at all levels in Snohomish County.

    In this race, Judge Moriarty faces Mary C. Anderson, a private attorney who started her own firm and has a strong background in civil cases. Anderson was driven to a career in law after her family suffered injustice. Now, she serves as her clients’ unwavering advocate in a range of matters, offers pro bono legal support and volunteers with the community’s most vulnerable, and serves as a pro tem judge. One of Anderson’s priorities as a lawyer and as an aspiring judge is to ensure that all Snohomish community members know their rights and have their rights respected in the courts.

    Moriarty has the most judicial experience in this race and has earned the broadest set of endorsements. We recommend Judge Patrick Moriarty to retain Position 17 on the Snohomish County Superior Court.
     

    Last updated: 2023-10-18

    Patrick Moriarty

    Judge Patrick M. Moriarty is running to retain his seat on the Snohomish County Superior Court in Position 17. Moriarty was appointed to this position by Governor Inslee in 2022 to fill a newly-created seat on the court.

    Judge Patrick M. Moriarty is running to retain his seat on the Snohomish County Superior Court in Position 17. Moriarty was appointed to this position by Governor Inslee in 2022 to fill a newly-created seat on the court. Before his appointment, Moriarty worked as a court commissioner for the county’s superior court, spent almost two decades as a judge pro tem in the county, and practiced law for almost three decades. In his law career, he has served as the assistant city attorney of Seattle, a public defender, and a private attorney in criminal defense and family law.

    The superior court is where Snohomish community members have important criminal, civil, and family matters adjudicated. Moriarty recognizes the important role judges play for the Snohomish community and wants to continue utilizing his extensive legal expertise to bring fair and experienced leadership to the court. In this race, he has earned an impressive roster of progressive endorsements from community organizations, labor groups, local Democrats, and elected officials. Moriarty has also been endorsed by every sitting judge at all levels in Snohomish County.

    In this race, Judge Moriarty faces Mary C. Anderson, a private attorney who started her own firm and has a strong background in civil cases. Anderson was driven to a career in law after her family suffered injustice. Now, she serves as her clients’ unwavering advocate in a range of matters, offers pro bono legal support and volunteers with the community’s most vulnerable, and serves as a pro tem judge. One of Anderson’s priorities as a lawyer and as an aspiring judge is to ensure that all Snohomish community members know their rights and have their rights respected in the courts.

    Moriarty has the most judicial experience in this race and has earned the broadest set of endorsements. We recommend Judge Patrick Moriarty to retain Position 17 on the Snohomish County Superior Court.
     

    Patrick Moriarty

    Judge Patrick M. Moriarty is running to retain his seat on the Snohomish County Superior Court in Position 17. Moriarty was appointed to this position by Governor Inslee in 2022 to fill a newly-created seat on the court.

  • Endorsed By: Snohomish & Island County Labor Council, South County Union Fire Fighters IAFF Local 1828, Snohomish County Democrats, Teamsters Local 38, Boeing Machinists IAM 751
  • Progressive Melanie Lockhart is challenging the incumbent Heather Fulcher for Monroe City Council, Position 4. Lockhart currently serves on the Monroe Planning Commission and on the board of Take the Next Step, a Christian nonprofit that serves homeless and low-income residents.

    As a parent of three young kids, she has also been an advocate for our students. She spoke out against racism and harassment after several hate incidents made headlines in recent years. She also is the chairperson for Citizens of Monroe Schools, where she advocates for the levies and bonds that fund educators, transportation, and special education programs for our schools.

    Lockhart is running to make Monroe a truly welcoming city for residents of all races, incomes, and backgrounds. She would change zoning, seek funding, and work with developers to create long-term attainable housing for the next generation. She would make downtown more safe and walkable, and make business applications more language-accessible and affordable for new small business-owners. She says her degree in journalism has also prepared her to communicate and be responsive to Monroe's diverse population.

    Her opponent is incumbent Heather Fulcher, who has served on the Monroe City Council since 2020. She has served on the Planning Commission, Economic Development Advisory Board, and Housing Affordability Taskforce for the county. Most of her work experience is in retail - she is the owner of Monroe Coffee Co., and has managed her family's bookstore.

    Fulcher has very little public information about her political stances and platform for re-election. However, her Facebook has many posts where she celebrates police sweeps of encampments, which we know are inhumane and ineffective. She also thinks the city should prosecute people for "smaller amounts of drugs," indicating that she supports the "tough on crime" laws that have led to the mass incarceration of low-income and BIPOC communities.

    Monroe locals have reported that Fulcher was dismissive of commonsense masking protocols at her coffeeshop during the height of the pandemic, and her campaign is supported by several Republican elected officials.

    Lockhart would bring a fresh, progressive voice to the Monroe City Council. She deserves your vote for position 4.
    Last updated: 2023-10-31

    Melanie Lockhart

    Progressive Melanie Lockhart is challenging the incumbent Heather Fulcher for Monroe City Council, Position 4. Lockhart currently serves on the Monroe Planning Commission and on the board of Take the Next Step, a Christian nonprofit that serves homeless and low-income residents.

    Progressive Melanie Lockhart is challenging the incumbent Heather Fulcher for Monroe City Council, Position 4. Lockhart currently serves on the Monroe Planning Commission and on the board of Take the Next Step, a Christian nonprofit that serves homeless and low-income residents.

    As a parent of three young kids, she has also been an advocate for our students. She spoke out against racism and harassment after several hate incidents made headlines in recent years. She also is the chairperson for Citizens of Monroe Schools, where she advocates for the levies and bonds that fund educators, transportation, and special education programs for our schools.

    Lockhart is running to make Monroe a truly welcoming city for residents of all races, incomes, and backgrounds. She would change zoning, seek funding, and work with developers to create long-term attainable housing for the next generation. She would make downtown more safe and walkable, and make business applications more language-accessible and affordable for new small business-owners. She says her degree in journalism has also prepared her to communicate and be responsive to Monroe's diverse population.

    Her opponent is incumbent Heather Fulcher, who has served on the Monroe City Council since 2020. She has served on the Planning Commission, Economic Development Advisory Board, and Housing Affordability Taskforce for the county. Most of her work experience is in retail - she is the owner of Monroe Coffee Co., and has managed her family's bookstore.

    Fulcher has very little public information about her political stances and platform for re-election. However, her Facebook has many posts where she celebrates police sweeps of encampments, which we know are inhumane and ineffective. She also thinks the city should prosecute people for "smaller amounts of drugs," indicating that she supports the "tough on crime" laws that have led to the mass incarceration of low-income and BIPOC communities.

    Monroe locals have reported that Fulcher was dismissive of commonsense masking protocols at her coffeeshop during the height of the pandemic, and her campaign is supported by several Republican elected officials.

    Lockhart would bring a fresh, progressive voice to the Monroe City Council. She deserves your vote for position 4.

    Melanie Lockhart

    Progressive Melanie Lockhart is challenging the incumbent Heather Fulcher for Monroe City Council, Position 4. Lockhart currently serves on the Monroe Planning Commission and on the board of Take the Next Step, a Christian nonprofit that serves homeless and low-income residents.

  • Junelle Lewis is running for Monroe City Council, Position 5 to make Monroe a more inclusive and welcoming place. Lewis has worked as a case manager for Snohomish County, an office manager at Maltby Elementary, and a family support specialist with Everett Public Schools. She also serves on the Monroe Planning Commission and on the board of Take the First Step, which serves low-income community members and people facing homelessness.

    Lewis' top priority is making housing more affordable, as Monroe's population has doubled since 2000. She wants to build more multifamily, affordable homes, enact protections for tenants, and provide assistance for people who are unhoused. Lewis is also passionate about empowering small business owners, as she and her husband own a local food truck. If elected, she would create mentorship programs for new business owners and make business processes more accessible.

    As a member of the Monroe Equity Council and the chair of the Juneteenth Committee, Lewis has organized marches and events for the Black community to celebrate and educate. As a parent of eight children in the public school system, Lewis has also been an outspoken advocate for racial justice in our schools. After several hate crimes and reports of racism in Monroe schools made headlines, Lewis and her children testified to the school board to call for change. If elected, she would go out into neighborhoods and host town halls to engage more directly with communities.

    Lewis is running against Republican Jacob Walker, an insurance broker and planning commissioner who has previously run twice before and lost each time.

    Walker's top priority is to preserve the "small-town feel" he remembers from his childhood in Monroe, which doesn't reflect the city's rapid growth. Unlike Lewis, he opposes policy changes that would make housing more affordable in Monroe. Without these long overdue reforms, spiraling housing costs will continue to displace our seniors and prevent young people from buying their first homes. Walker is endorsed by many Republican electeds because of his conservative platform.

    Lewis is by far the most progressive choice for Monroe City Council and deserves your vote for Position 5.

    Last updated: 2023-11-03

    Junelle Lewis

    Junelle Lewis is running for Monroe City Council, Position 5 to make Monroe a more inclusive and welcoming place. Lewis has worked as a case manager for Snohomish County, an office manager at Maltby Elementary, and a family support specialist with Everett Public Schools.

    Junelle Lewis is running for Monroe City Council, Position 5 to make Monroe a more inclusive and welcoming place. Lewis has worked as a case manager for Snohomish County, an office manager at Maltby Elementary, and a family support specialist with Everett Public Schools. She also serves on the Monroe Planning Commission and on the board of Take the First Step, which serves low-income community members and people facing homelessness.

    Lewis' top priority is making housing more affordable, as Monroe's population has doubled since 2000. She wants to build more multifamily, affordable homes, enact protections for tenants, and provide assistance for people who are unhoused. Lewis is also passionate about empowering small business owners, as she and her husband own a local food truck. If elected, she would create mentorship programs for new business owners and make business processes more accessible.

    As a member of the Monroe Equity Council and the chair of the Juneteenth Committee, Lewis has organized marches and events for the Black community to celebrate and educate. As a parent of eight children in the public school system, Lewis has also been an outspoken advocate for racial justice in our schools. After several hate crimes and reports of racism in Monroe schools made headlines, Lewis and her children testified to the school board to call for change. If elected, she would go out into neighborhoods and host town halls to engage more directly with communities.

    Lewis is running against Republican Jacob Walker, an insurance broker and planning commissioner who has previously run twice before and lost each time.

    Walker's top priority is to preserve the "small-town feel" he remembers from his childhood in Monroe, which doesn't reflect the city's rapid growth. Unlike Lewis, he opposes policy changes that would make housing more affordable in Monroe. Without these long overdue reforms, spiraling housing costs will continue to displace our seniors and prevent young people from buying their first homes. Walker is endorsed by many Republican electeds because of his conservative platform.

    Lewis is by far the most progressive choice for Monroe City Council and deserves your vote for Position 5.

    Junelle Lewis

    Junelle Lewis is running for Monroe City Council, Position 5 to make Monroe a more inclusive and welcoming place. Lewis has worked as a case manager for Snohomish County, an office manager at Maltby Elementary, and a family support specialist with Everett Public Schools.

  • Melanie Ryan is a progressive advocate who is challenging incumbent Chuck Whitfield to represent District 2 on the Monroe School Board. Ryan has worked as a school social worker and an advocate for foster students while earning her master's in social work. She then moved into the private sector, where she got experience managing large budgets and projects for Microsoft Education. Now, she is a certified diversity coach, the founder of a nonprofit that fosters pets for low-income families, and an advocate with numerous social justice organizations like the Monroe Equity Council.

    Monroe has faced challenges with school environment in recent years - several hate crimes made headlines, and many students stepped up to share their struggles with homophobic and racist slurs, bullying, and violence. Superintendent Justin Blasko resigned after he mishandled these racist incidents and was found to have created a toxic workplace himself.

    Through her role as board president of the Monroe Equity Council, Ryan helped organize families of color to share their experiences and hold the superintendent accountable. If elected, she would fight for more consistent training for staff on how to handle bigotry in schools, create more accountability measures for leaders, and hire staff to coordinate diversity and inclusion efforts across the district.

    Notably, the incumbent Chuck Whitfield voted against basic inclusivity trainings for staff, and continued to support Superintendent Blasko even after credible reports of his sexism and inappropriate behavior. Whitfield is an Army veteran and the owner of a vehicle-licensing agency. His platform centers around making a strategic plan and improving test scores, but lacks concrete ways he will support students and teachers. His statements on student safety focus on his fears about drugs and alcohol, but fail to acknowledge the racism that has led several students of color to leave school. Whitfield is supported by several Republican elected officials, and the teachers' union has endorsed Ryan.

    Ryan would focus on improving students' academics by creating a more welcoming culture, investing in resources to keep quality teachers, and engaging families in kids' education. She also is passionate about fully funding support for multi-language learners and special education, which became a priority after her conversations with educators. Ryan also wants to elevate the student voice by including student representatives on the board to inform their strategic plan.

    Ryan has one of the most impressive and detailed platforms that we have seen in all school board races this year. Her dedication to racial justice and her extensive experience advocating for students make her by far the best choice in this race.
    Last updated: 2023-10-27

    Melanie Ryan

    Melanie Ryan is a progressive advocate who is challenging incumbent Chuck Whitfield to represent District 2 on the Monroe School Board. Ryan has worked as a school social worker and an advocate for foster students while earning her master's in social work.

    Melanie Ryan is a progressive advocate who is challenging incumbent Chuck Whitfield to represent District 2 on the Monroe School Board. Ryan has worked as a school social worker and an advocate for foster students while earning her master's in social work. She then moved into the private sector, where she got experience managing large budgets and projects for Microsoft Education. Now, she is a certified diversity coach, the founder of a nonprofit that fosters pets for low-income families, and an advocate with numerous social justice organizations like the Monroe Equity Council.

    Monroe has faced challenges with school environment in recent years - several hate crimes made headlines, and many students stepped up to share their struggles with homophobic and racist slurs, bullying, and violence. Superintendent Justin Blasko resigned after he mishandled these racist incidents and was found to have created a toxic workplace himself.

    Through her role as board president of the Monroe Equity Council, Ryan helped organize families of color to share their experiences and hold the superintendent accountable. If elected, she would fight for more consistent training for staff on how to handle bigotry in schools, create more accountability measures for leaders, and hire staff to coordinate diversity and inclusion efforts across the district.

    Notably, the incumbent Chuck Whitfield voted against basic inclusivity trainings for staff, and continued to support Superintendent Blasko even after credible reports of his sexism and inappropriate behavior. Whitfield is an Army veteran and the owner of a vehicle-licensing agency. His platform centers around making a strategic plan and improving test scores, but lacks concrete ways he will support students and teachers. His statements on student safety focus on his fears about drugs and alcohol, but fail to acknowledge the racism that has led several students of color to leave school. Whitfield is supported by several Republican elected officials, and the teachers' union has endorsed Ryan.

    Ryan would focus on improving students' academics by creating a more welcoming culture, investing in resources to keep quality teachers, and engaging families in kids' education. She also is passionate about fully funding support for multi-language learners and special education, which became a priority after her conversations with educators. Ryan also wants to elevate the student voice by including student representatives on the board to inform their strategic plan.

    Ryan has one of the most impressive and detailed platforms that we have seen in all school board races this year. Her dedication to racial justice and her extensive experience advocating for students make her by far the best choice in this race.

    Melanie Ryan

    Melanie Ryan is a progressive advocate who is challenging incumbent Chuck Whitfield to represent District 2 on the Monroe School Board. Ryan has worked as a school social worker and an advocate for foster students while earning her master's in social work.

  • Endorsed By: Washington Education Association