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South County Politics
May 28  |  By Evan Smith, Herald Writer
South Snohomish County voters will have a small ballot for the Aug. 4 primary election.

The only significant local ballot choices will be to narrow the three-person fields to two for two Lynnwood City Council positions and for one Edmonds School Board position.



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May 27  |  By Evan Smith, Herald Writer
Candidate filing for local offices ended May 15.

Filing became final when the withdrawal period ended May 18.

Non-partisan positions with three or more candidates appear on the Aug. 4 primary ballot, with the top two vote getters advancing to the Nov. 3 general-election ballot. Non-partisan positions with only one or two candidates appear only on the November ballot.



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May 26  |  By Evan Smith, Herald Writer
Legislators from the 21st District plan to talk to constituents in a telephone town-hall event Tuesday.

Democratic State Sen. Marko Liias and Reps. Lillian Ortiz-Self and Strom Peterson say that the event, scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 26, will update constituents on what is happening in Olympia during the special legislative session.



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May 21  |  By Evan Smith, Herald Writer
Late withdrawals by candidates for positions on the Edmonds School Board and the Snohomish County Fire District 1 board on 2015 ballots have reduced the number of positions on the Aug. 4 primary ballot.



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May 19  |  By Evan Smith, Herald Writer
Edmonds Mayor Dave Earling and two Edmonds City Council incumbents will run unopposed in the Nov. 6 election.

Earling will be the only candidate for Edmonds mayor to run unopposed in more than 25 years.

The two incumbent council members running unopposed are Councilwoman Diane Buckshnis and appointed Councilman Thomas Mesaros.



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May 18  |  By Evan Smith, Herald Writer
Two of the four Edmonds School Board positions on 2015 ballots have three candidates each, meaning that the two positions will appear on the Aug. 4 primary ballot, with the top two vote-getters for each position advancing to the Nov. 3 general election.

One is the position that Gary Noble holds representing Director District 3.



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May 15  |  By Evan Smith, Herald Writer
Four Lynnwood City Council incumbents plan to seek re-election in November, but, first, two will need to run in the Aug. 4 primary.

Councilmen Benjamin Goodwin and Loren Simmonds have two challengers each, meaning that both positions will appear on the August primary ballot with the top two vote getters advancing to the November general-election ballot.



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May 15  |  By Evan Smith, Herald Writer
Four Edmonds City Council incumbents have filed to run in the coming election, while one is not running.

Four-year terms will be on the ballot for the positions held by Joan Bloom, Diane Buckshnis, Thomas Mesaros and Lora Petso, as will the last two years of the term that Councilman Mike Nelson holds by appointment.



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May 14  |  By Evan Smith, Herald Writer
Candidates for the four Edmonds School Board positions on 2015 ballots include two incumbents, one newcomer and former Board President Susan Phillips, who will seek to replace the woman who replaced her on the board.



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May 13  |  By Evan Smith
Mountlake Terrace officials invite citizens, business owners and others from the community for a cup of coffee and discussion about what is happening in the city on Wednesday from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Recreation Pavilion, 5303 228th Street SW.

Evan Smith can be reached at schsmith@frontier.com.



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May 12  |  By Evan Smith, Herald Writer
Potential challengers for all of the Lynnwood City Council positions on this year’s ballots emerged as candidate filing week opened Monday.



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May 8  |  By Evan Smith, Herald Writer
Candidate filing for local offices starts Monday.

Filing online or in person at the county auditor’s office begins at 9 a.m. May 11, and ends at 4 p.m. Friday, May 15.



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May 8  |  By Evan Smith, Herald Writer
Edmonds Mayor Dave Earling plans to run in the coming election for a second four-year term.

Earling registered with the State Public Disclosure Commission early this week as a candidate for re-election.



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May 4  |  By Evan Smith, Herald Writer
Edmonds City Councilwoman Joan Bloom said recently that she doesn’t intend to run for a second four-year term.

"It has never been my intention to go beyond one term," she said.

Retired Quest Communications executive Dave Teitzel already had announced that he would run for the position that Bloom holds.



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May 1  |  By Evan Smith, Herald Writer
Incumbent Councilman Bryan Wahl has become the first Mountlake Terrace City Council candidate for the 2015 elections.



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April 28  |  By Evan Smith, Herald Writer
Washington Democrats and Republicans are taking different views of how to select delegates to the 2016 presidential nominating conventions.

Democrats have decided to select delegates based on a series of caucuses and conventions rather than a primary. The state party central committee made that official April 18 in Pasco.



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April 24  |  By Evan Smith, Herald Writer
Candidates for local offices may file by mail starting Monday.

The official filing week is May 11-15, but the two-week period for early filing by mail is available for prospective candidates who won’t be able to get to the county auditor’s office or to a computer with internet access during filing week, Snohomish County Elections Manager Garth Fell said Thursday.



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April 23  |  By Evan Smith, Herald Writer
When Gov. Jay Inslee said Tuesday that he expects to call the legislature back for a special session, local representatives weren’t surprised.

Democratic State Reps. Ruth Kagi, Lillian Ortiz-Self and Cindy Ryu all had said before Inslee did that they expected a special session.



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April 20  |  By Evan Smith, Herald Writer
Candidates thinking about running for office can get information at a candidate workshop Tuesday in Everett.

The workshop sponsored by the Snohomish County Elections division of the county auditor’s office is scheduled for 6-8 p.m. Tuesday on the Snohomish County Campus.



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April 16  |  By Evan Smith, Herald Writer
Washington state Democrats expect to use a system of caucuses and conventions to choose delegates to the 2016 national presidential nominating convention.



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April 13  |  By Evan Smith, Herald writer
A bill on payday loans, sponsored by Democratic State Sen. Marko Liias, appears to be dead for the current legislative session.

Fellow Democrats have criticized Lias for sponsoring the bill, saying that it weakens Washington's strict rules on payday lending.



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April 10  |  By Evan Smith, Herald writer
The 1st Legislative District Democrats will meet Monday at the International Union of Operating Engineers Hall in Bothell.

The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday at the union hall at 18701 120th Ave. N.E., Bothell. Dinner social time is between 6 and 7 p.m.



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April 9  |  By Evan Smith, Herald writer
Last week, State Rep. Ruth Kagi praised fellow House members for including $227 million for early learning in their budget, but Monday she saw the Senate pass a budget with less than half the amount for early learning.

Leaders from the Democratic-controled House and the Republican-controled Senate will meet over the next few weeks to work toward a compromise state budget.



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April 7  |  By Evan Smith, Herald writer
Mountlake Terrace officials invite citizens, business owners and others from the community for a cup of coffee and discussion about what’s happening in the city Wednesday from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Recreation Pavilion, 5303 228th Street SW.

Evan Smith can be reached at schsmith@frontier.com.



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April 6  |  By Evan Smith, Herald Writer
Democratic State Rep. Ruth Kagi says that the State Senate needs to at least consider the Democrats' proposed capital-gains tax in the House budget.

The budget that the Democratic-controled House of Representatives passed Thursday increases revenue with a capital-gains tax, a tax that, Kagi said, would make the state’s tax structure more equitable than it is now.



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April 3  |  By Evan Smith, Herald Writer
Lynnwood City Council members plan what one councilman calls a "proper fix" to the sinking road at the intersection of Ash Way and Maple Road.

Councilman Sid Roberts said last week that the sentiment of the council and city staff members is to do the proper fix.



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March 31  |  By Evan Smith, Herald writer
U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen will meet citizens at a town-hall event Wednesday evening in Everett.

The event is scheduled for 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Everett School District Community Resource Center, 3900 Broadway, Everett.



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March 30  |  By Evan Smith, Herald writer
One Edmonds School Board member has revealed plans to run in the coming election, and another says he won’t run.

School Director Kory DeMun has said he won’t seek re-election to his seat on the board, and appointed Board Member April Nowak has declared her candidacy for the last two years of the term she holds by appointment.



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March 27  |  By Evan Smith, Herald Writer
Lynnwood City Councilmen Loren Simmonds and Sid Roberts have declared their intentions to run for re-election.

Both have registered with the state Public Disclosure Commission as candidates.

Registration with the PDC allows candidates to raise and spend money for the coming election.



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March 27  |  By Evan Smith, Herald Writer
April 28 is election day in many places around Washington but not here.

It is one of four dates during the year when cities, school districts and other government entities around the state can put tax levies and other measures on the ballot. No entity in south Snohomish County has done that.



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