Sultan mayor plans to run for county executive office

SULTAN — The mayor here plans to challenge appointed Snohomish County Executive John Lovick in this fall’s special election.

Carolyn Eslick, a Republican, made the announcement over the weekend on Facebook. She has served since 2008 as mayor of Sultan, population 4,660. Before becoming mayor, she served six years on the Sultan City Council.

Eslick said her bid for county office would focus on public safety and economic development. Her campaign, she said, will emphasize her strengths, rather than on criticism of the current executive.

“It’s what I think I can do,” she said. “What I can bring.”

Eslick, 63, runs a nonprofit called GROW Washington that promotes economic development for small businesses.

Lovick, 62, is a Democrat who was the county sheriff before being appointed executive in June. He replaced Aaron Reardon, who resigned from the post.

A retired Washington state trooper, Lovick also has served in the Legislature and on the Mill Creek City Council.

Eslick, so far, is his only announced opponent.

Nobody’s candidacy will become official until registering with the county auditor during the candidate filing week, which runs from May 12 through May 16.

Whoever wins the election this fall will have to run again in 2015 for a full four-year term.

Lovick is the only candidate with campaign-finance paperwork on file with the state Public Disclosure Commission. The most recent data show he had raised about $62,000.

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