Eight vie for Lake Stevens fire district board

This election season has offered up a surprise battle in an unlikely place: the board of commissioners at Snohomish County Fire District 8, in Lake Stevens.

Eight people have applied for the job. All eight names are expected to appear on the general election ballot in November, Lake Stevens Fire Chief Dave Lingenfelter said.

The chief seemed perplexed, too, when asked what’s up. The job — setting policies for the fire district — pays a little more than $100 a meeting, with annual limits set by state law. It’s a lot of hours for the pay, he said.

Historically, people running for the commissioner positions are unopposed or the race is decided between two candidates, the chief said. This is the first time in recent memory the job hasn’t gone through the primary election.

The reason is sad. The job formerly was held by commissioner Vern Foster, who died in July. A special three-day filing period netted eight candidates, some of whom work in local fire departments and some of whom don’t.

The candidates in the running as of this week are Cory Stevens, Brian McMahan, Steven Lyn Dazey, Allen Smith, Paul Gagnon, Brett Blankenship, Arlene Hulten and Jim Steinruck.

The board has three commissioners who serve six-year terms. The other commissioners are Troy Elmore and interim police chief Dan Lorentzen.

A version of this post will run in print in the Our Towns section soon.

More in Local News

Herald photos of the week

A weekly collection of The Herald’s top images by staff photographers and others.

This tale goes full circle

Courthouse courier’s stolen bicycle is recovered with the help of a marshal.

R U testing RUC?

The state has started its pilot of pay-per-mile taxes.

‘They understand us’: Explorer Middle students dig ‘The Club’

The Boys & Girls Club provides a growing on-site, after-school program in south Everett.

Driver hospitalized after I-5 rollover crash near Arlington

A medical problem is believed to have caused the accident.

Lynnwood plans $12M in sewer improvements

The city wants to be ready for an anticipated population boom around the mall and light rail.

Man struck, killed by Everett Transit bus Friday night

He was in the roadway between 75th Street SE and Beverly Boulevard when he was hit, police said.

Mom gives her $25,000 windfall to Marysville high schools

Among the beneficiaries is the drama club, which gets much-needed audio equipment.

Sky Valley honors its own

Civic and nonprofit groups in Sultan, Gold Bar, Index and Skykomish gather to recognize volunteers.

Most Read