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South County Politics
February 11  |  By Evan Smith, Herald Writer
Voters in the Tuesday Edmonds School District election continued a trend of strong turnout in special elections.

Ballots from 28.4 percent of registered voters in the school district had arrived at the Snohomish County elections office by Wednesday morning.



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February 9  |  By Evan Smith, Herald Writer
Voters in Edmonds, Lynnwood, Mountlake Terrace, Woodway and the rest of the Edmonds School District have been returning ballots for the Feb. 9 special school-district election at a fast pace.

By Monday morning, 20.3 percent of registered school district voters had returned their ballots, with most expected to arrive Monday or Tuesday.



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February 8  |  By Evan Smith, Herald Writer
State Rep. Luis Moscoso says he is optimistic about the chances for passing the Washington Voting Rights Act during this year's legislative session.



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February 8  |  By Evan Smith, Herald Writer
Mountlake Terrace city officials invite residents and local business owners to a "Coffee with the City" event Wednesday.

City officials will be available from 6 to 7 p.m. to answer questions and have casual conversation over coffee with anyone who comes to the Recreation Pavilion’s Jungle Room at 5303 228th St. S.W. in Mountlake Terrace.



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February 5  |  By Evan Smith, Herald Writer
State Sen. Marko Liias and other legislators have introduced three bills aimed at reducing student-loan debt.

State Sen. Rosemary McAuliffe also is a sponsor of the bills. Rep. Derek Stanford is among sponsors of companion legislation in the House of Representatives.



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February 5  |  By Evan Smith, Herald Writer
In-person voting for the Tuesday, Feb. 9, special election is available Monday and Tuesday on accessible units at the Lynnwood Library.

The accessible voting unit at the Lynnwood Library, 19200 44th Ave. W, is available Monday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Tuesday, Election Day, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.



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February 4  |  By Evan Smith, Herald Writer
U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen is scheduled to speak Monday at a meeting of the 1st Legislative District Democrats.

The Democrats meet at 7 p.m. at the International Union of Operating Engineers Hall, 18701 120th Ave. N.E. Bothell. District officials plan a light dinner at 6 p.m.



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February 2  |  By Evan Smith, Herald Writer
Mountlake Terrace officials have yet to set a timetable in the search for a new city manager.

A city spokeswoman says that the city has set a schedule for council members to speak with the recruiting firm this week and hopes to have a search timeline soon.



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January 29  |  By Evan Smith, Herald Writer
New Washington voters can register through Monday, Feb. 1, to vote in the Feb. 9 special election, but they must register in person at the Snohomish County auditor’s office in Everett.

The deadline for registration by mail or online, or for previously registered Washington voters to file a change of address, was Jan. 5.



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January 28  |  By Evan Smith, Herald Writer
The three announced candidates for Washington lieutenant governor will meet in a forum at the Lynnwood Convention Center Friday at 6:30 p.m.

Herald politics writer Jerry Cornfield will moderate the forum among State Rep. Jim Moeller and State Sens. Karen Fraser and Cyrus Habib.



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January 28  |  By Evan Smith, Herald Writer
A search firm is helping the City of Mountlake Terrace find a new city manager, but the city isn’t paying for it.

The firm – Colin Baenziger & Associates – had conducted the 2013 search that led to the City’s hiring of Arlene Fisher. That search had a guarantee of providing a free recruitment service if the incumbent did not stay for at least two years.



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January 27  |  By Evan Smith, Herald Writer
Edmonds School Superintendent Nick Brossoit will speak and answer questions Thursday about the Feb. 9 school district ballot measure.

Brossoit’s presentation about the replacement technology and capital improvements levy is scheduled for 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 28, at the Edmonds Senior Center, 220 Railroad Ave., on the Edmonds waterfront.



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January 26  |  By Evan Smith, Herald Writer
State Reps. Lillian Ortiz-Self and Strom Peterson plan a Wednesday telephone town-hall event with 21st District constituents.

The event is scheduled for 6:05 to 7:05 p.m. Wednesday, January 27.



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January 25  |  By Evan Smith, Herald Writer
State Rep. Ruth Kagi says that she is not optimistic about prospects for a bill to prevent child access to firearms.

The State House Judiciary Committee held a hearing Thursday, Jan. 21, on the Kagi-sponsored Child-Access Prevention bill and four other bills aimed at firearm safety.



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January 22  |  By Evan Smith, Herald Writer
Ballots are in the mail for the Feb. 9 special school-district election.

Snohomish County elections officials sent ballots Thursday to all registered voters in Edmonds School District 15 and six other school districts around the county.



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January 20  |  By Evan Smith, Herald Writer
State Rep. Ruth Kagi’s bill to limit children’s access to firearms will have a hearing Thursday before a legislative committee in Olympia.

The State House Judiciary Committee will hold public hearings on Kagi’s bill and four other gun-related bills Thursday at 1:30 p.m.



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January 12  |  By Evan Smith, Herald Writer
Two challengers have declared their candidacy to run against incumbent Democrats in the 1st Legislative District.

A third challenger, noted in a recent post, had accidentally filed with the state Public Disclosure Commission as a candidate in the 1st District rather than in her home District.



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January 11  |  By Evan Smith, Herald Writer
Republican Brian Travis has started the campaign for the 2016 election in the 1st Legislative District.

Travis said Jan. 4 that he intends to seek the position that incumbent Democratic State Rep. Derek Stanford now holds.



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January 11  |  By Evan Smith, Herald Writer
Monday, Jan. 11, is the last day before the Feb. 9 special school election to update an existing voter registration or to register to vote on line or by mail.

Voters can register through Monday on line, by mail or in person:



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December 30  |  By Evan Smith, Herald Writer
Local politics in 2015 were notable for the low voter turnout in the Nov. 3 general election. The countywide turnout of 34.76 percent was the lowest for a general election in 44 years. It was the lowest since 1971, which was only the second year that Washington held November elections in odd-numbered years.



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December 29  |  By Evan Smith, Herald Writer
A memorial service for Bill Kiskaddon, who died Dec. 3, is scheduled for Wednesday at 2 p.m. at the Richmond Beach Congregational Church at the corner of Northwest Richmond Beach Road and 15th Avenue Northwest in Shoreline (1512 N.W. 195th St.).



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December 18  |  By Evan Smith, Herald Writer
Voters in Edmonds, Lynnwood, Mountlake Terrace, Woodway and the rest of the Edmonds School District face a replacement technology-and-capital-improvements levy on the Feb. 9, 2016, special-election ballot.

Proposition 1 on local ballots would continue the existing technology-and-capital-improvements levy for four years. It would pay for instructional technology and building system improvements.



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December 15  |  By Evan Smith, Herald Writer
State Rep. Ruth Kagi spoke at a White House conference for education leaders last week.

Kagi spoke Tuesday, Dec. 8, at a conference of education leaders from around the country called White House State Education Leaders Convening, which discussed education from early learning to K-12 and higher education.



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December 11  |  By Evan Smith, Herald Writer
U.S. Rep. Susan DelBene will speak to the 1st Legislative District Democratic organization Monday.

The Democrats meet at 6 p.m. Monday at the International Union of Operating Engineers hall, 18701 120th Ave. N.E. in Bothell.

It is the Democrats’ annual holiday party.



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December 11  |  By Evan Smith, Herald Writer
Three new Lynnwood City Council members will take the oath of office Monday.



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December 11  |  By Evan Smith, Herald Writer
Bill Kiskaddon, who died Dec. 3, was one of the last Washington legislators to benefit from partisan redistricting.

Republican Kiskaddon’s first year in the state senate, 1981, was the last year that Washington legislators drew the boundaries of their own districts. Republican control of the State Senate and the House of Representatives that year meant that Republicans could control redistricting.



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December 4  |  By Evan Smith, Herald Writer
Incumbent Lynnwood City Councilman Benjamin Goodwin has won a tight contest from the Nov. 3 general election after a recount Thursday.

Results of the recount showed Goodwin expanding his lead over challenger Chris Frizzell from 19 votes to 21 votes. Goodwin added four votes to his total, and Frizzell added two votes to hers.



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December 3  |  By Evan Smith, Herald Writer
The recount for the contest for a position on the Lynnwood City Council is scheduled for 1 p.m. Thursday at the Snohomish County Elections Processing Center, 1818 Pacific Ave., Everett. The recount is open to the public.



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December 1  |  By Evan Smith, Herald Writer
South Snohomish County voters have elected four familiar political candidates and two newcomers to the Snohomish County Charter Review Commission.

Voters in each of the county’s five county council districts elect three commissioners every 10 years.



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November 27  |  By Evan Smith, Herald Writer
The voter turnout for the Nov. 3 general election in South Snohomish County was slightly higher than the countywide average.



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