Lynnwood mayor files for re-election, faces crowded field

Lynnwood Mayor Don Gough ended a mystery about his re-election plans when he filed on Friday, the final day of the filing period.

He will face three challengers in the August primary, Councilman Loren Simmonds, Councilman Mark Smith and political newcomer Nicola Smith, dean for student life and development at Edmonds Community College.

The top two vote-getters in the primary advance to the November general election.

Gough is seeking a third four-year term.

Lynnwood also has 10 candidates for three City Council positions.

The field for the position that Councilwoman Kerri Lonergan-Dreke now holds grew to five Friday morning with the entry of Dave Mayers, who works in quality control at Boeing. It shrank to four Friday afternoon when professional engineer Ian Cotton withdrew and filed for a different position. Mayers joins Planning Commissioner Maria Ambalada, real estate broker Douglas Lovitt and former Councilwoman Ruth Ross, who lost four years ago to Lonergan-Dreke.

Cotton will run for the council position that Mark Smith is giving up to run for mayor. Cotton will face two other candidates in the primary. One is former Councilman Jim Smith. The other is former Edmonds Community College administrator Shirley Sutton.

Three candidates also are seeking the third position on this year’s ballot. Appointed Councilman Christopher Boyer will face James Robert Deal, a real-estate and environmental lawyer, and Michael Moore, who lost to Simmonds in 2011.

In all cases, the top two in the primary advance to November.

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