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Lawsuit says Koster's rights were violated when he was ousted

SEATTLE — Controversy over how John Koster was abruptly ousted in 2014 as Snohomish County's first ombudsman has now blossomed into a federal civil rights lawsuit.Lawyers for Koster this week...

Date: 04/09/2016 | Local News


‘One issue after another’

The hectic first months of a new county executive

Date: 04/03/2016 | Local News


Civil charges against former County Executive Reardon stand

OLYMPIA — An attorney for Aaron Reardon failed Thursday to get civil charges tossed out, accusing the former Snohomish County Executive of repeatedly violating campaign laws in the 2011 election.The state Public Disclosure Commission voted unanimously to

Date: 03/25/2016 | Local News


Aaron Reardon lawyer says civil charges should be dismissed

OLYMPIA — An attorney for Aaron Reardon says civil charges accusing the former Snohomish County Executive of repeatedly violating campaign laws during the 2011 election should be dismissed because the...

Date: 03/22/2016 | Local News


Your ideas needed for better county government

Without a doubt, your vote counts.And you'll be asked to cast that vote on May 24 for Washington state's presidential primary, then again in the Aug. 2 primary election and the Nov. 8 general election.But your ideas and your opinions count, too, and those are...

Date: 03/10/2016 | Editorials


Snohomish County Council picks Dunshee to replace Somers

EVERETT — State Rep. Hans Dunshee is preparing for a new stage in his lengthy political career after the Snohomish County Council appointed him Monday as its fifth member.

Date: 02/29/2016 | Local News


Layoffs loom as Snohomish Co. Sheriff’s Office faces deep cuts

EVERETT — Some unfinished work on Snohomish County’s budget has raised the specter of layoffs at the sheriff’s office and in other county departments.

Date: 02/22/2016 | Local News


County's new rules favor developers over protection of big trees

The anguish of property owner Roberta Johnson, stepping out from her forest paradise into the wet gloom of newly scraped earth, was well-described in Noah Haglund's front page article on Feb. 1 ("Root Issues of...

Date: 02/14/2016 | Commentary


Hearing delayed for former Snohomish County executive Reardon

OLYMPIA — Aaron Reardon, the former Snohomish County executive, has hired a lawyer as he prepares to face charges of repeatedly violating state laws in his 2011 re-election campaign.

Date: 01/22/2016 | Local News


County executive, Edmonds mayor join Sound Transit board

EVERETT — Snohomish County Executive Dave Somers has been named to the Sound Transit board of directors, one of the regional responsibilities he'll shoulder in his new role.

Date: 01/19/2016 | Local News


County Executive Somers settles into office

EVERETT — Dave Somers sounded a collaborative tone as he started work as Snohomish County executive, but he also made some big breaks with the past.Somers replaced almost all of the at-will...

Date: 01/06/2016 | Local News


Big Issues | 2016: Governance

Snohomish County's new exec faces policy, personnel challenges

Date: 01/03/2016 | Local News


State charges Reardon, ex-aide

Agency cites repeated violations of laws during campaign

Date: 12/17/2015 | Local News


County executive-elect Somers getting his team ready for office

EVERETT — Dave Somers has started assembling a team for when he takes office as Snohomish County executive, but some of the biggest decisions remain.The executive-elect has informed three county department leaders they won't be staying on next year. They are: planning...

Date: 12/14/2015 | Local News


Council OKs county budget; tax collection for courthouse to continue

EVERETT — The Snohomish County Council passed a 2016 budget Monday that largely follows the contours that Council Chairman Dave Somers outlined last week.

Date: 11/24/2015 | Local News


Executive-elect: Priority is problem-solving, not politics

EVERETT — As a new leader prepares take the helm of Snohomish County government, he'll be facing some of the same old problems.County Councilman Dave Somers won the county executive's job in Tuesday's election with a pledge to seek solutions.

Date: 11/08/2015 | Local News


Lovick concedes to Somers in county executive race

Snohomish County Councilman Dave Somers began making plans Wednesday to become the county's next leader after executive John Lovick conceded defeat in their hard-fought battle.Lovick phoned Somers...

Date: 11/04/2015 | Local News


Somers has big lead over Lovick

Challenger winning county exec race; Tisdel ahead

Date: 11/03/2015 | Local News


Herald editorial board endorsements

As of Friday afternoon, only 12.7 percent of Snohomish County voters had mailed or returned their ballots for Tuesday's general election.Many of us are used to waiting until Election Day to vote, but why wait? With that extra hour that the end of daylight saving time added...

Date: 11/01/2015 | Editorials


County’s unionized workers rally against Somers

EVERETT — Members of Snohomish County’s largest public employee union filled two baskets with dog treats Thursday and delivered them to Snohomish County Council chambers.

Date: 10/30/2015 | Local News


Tisdel best choice for Snohomish County Council

With Snohomish County leadership a frequent presence on the front page of The Herald, notably regarding the county's now-stalled courthouse project and the disagreements between the county executive and the county council on the county's financial health, its budget and the hiring and...

Date: 10/25/2015 | Editorials


Change in county leadership prompts Robinett family turnaround

Voters sent Dave Somers packing in 2001 after one term on the Snohomish County Council in part because pro-development forces made the Democrat’s environmentalism a negative.

Date: 10/22/2015 | The Petri Dish


Divergent Democrats

Big differences in one-party race for county exec

Date: 10/18/2015 | Local News


Lawyer seeks $2M over property for now-shelved courthouse

EVERETT — An Everett attorney who lost his downtown office building to Snohomish County’s now-mothballed quest to construct a new courthouse wants $2 million for his trouble, and taxpayer refunds for all money that’s been...

Date: 10/14/2015 | Local News


County exec candidates meet in Thursday forum at Edmonds CC

The two candidates for Snohomish County executive will appear at an election forum Thursday at Edmonds Community College.

Date: 10/13/2015 | South County Politics


Who will Republicans vote for in county executive race?

As John Lovick and Dave Somers duel for Snohomish County executive, each would do well to reach out to Republican voters as if the outcome depended on them.Because it probably does.

Date: 10/01/2015 | The Petri Dish


Lovick's $228M 2016 budget refunds property taxes meant for courthouse

EVERETT — Snohomish County Executive John Lovick on Wednesday recommended a 2016 budget with few sacrifices and a $4 million property-tax refund.The executive's proposed operating budget of $228 million and 2,817...

Date: 10/01/2015 | Local News


Executive to unveil Snohomish County budget proposal

EVERETT — Snohomish County Executive John Lovick is preparing to announce a recommended 2016 budget at noon on Wednesday.The venue is the first floor hearing room of the county’s Robert Drewel Building at 3000 Rockefeller Ave., Everett.

Date: 09/29/2015 | Local News


What’s on November ballots in south Snohomish County

South Snohomish County will have a full ballot for the Nov. 3 general election.

Date: 09/29/2015 | South County Politics


Snohomish County hiring freeze proposal dropped

EVERETT — The Snohomish County councilman who tried to pass an emergency hiring freeze for county government last month has decided it's unnecessary.Brian Sullivan and the other four members of...

Date: 09/24/2015 | Local News


Lovick temporarily fills 2 administrative positions

EVERETT — Snohomish County Executive John Lovick on Tuesday announced a promotion and a new hire to temporarily fill roles at the highest levels of his administration.

Date: 09/23/2015 | Local News


County courthouse plans continue to evolve

EVERETT — When it comes to Snohomish County’s stalled courthouse project, political leaders can agree on one thing: their exasperation.Beyond that, there’s little common ground.

Date: 09/22/2015 | Local News


Snohomish County Deputy Executive Mark Ericks resigns

EVERETT — Snohomish County Executive John Lovick has announced a change at the top of his administration.Lovick on Tuesday said he had accepted the resignation of Deputy Executive Mark Ericks, effective Thursday. In Ericks' place as second-in-command, the executive...

Date: 09/09/2015 | Local News


Snohomish County Council considers a hiring freeze

EVERETT — The Snohomish County Council is considering an emergency hiring freeze as more signs emerge of troubled county finances.

Date: 08/26/2015 | Local News


Bright outlook from Lovick on county finances

EVERETT — Snohomish County Executive John Lovick gives a sunnier outlook for county finances than the gloom that other officials forecast last month.

Date: 08/20/2015 | Local News


There’s no ignoring the chatter around county executive race

Voters won't decide the race for Snohomish County executive until November but there are Democrats quietly trafficking in what-if scenarios should Dave Somers defeat John Lovick.What, too soon?Don't blame the messenger.Somers'

Date: 08/13/2015 | The Petri Dish


Somers, Lovick clash over new contract for county employees

EVERETT — Wrangling over a new contract for Snohomish County government employees has created another ugly dust-up between two Democrats competing for the executive's job.Executive John Lovick's administration has been negotiating a three-year contract with the...

Date: 08/12/2015 | Local News


Somers’ lead widens in county executive race

EVERETT — Snohomish County Council Chairman Dave Somers widened his lead in the race for county executive in the latest vote counts from Tuesday’s primary election.

Date: 08/07/2015 | Local News


Somers holds slim lead in county exec race

EVERETT — The leaders in the primary for Snohomish County executive switched places in updated ballot counts released Wednesday.

Date: 08/06/2015 | Local News


Lovick, Somers lead field

Democrats headed to face-off for county exec

Date: 08/04/2015 | Local News


Somers pulling Lovick backers in Snohomish County executive race

EVERETT — Some powerful political players who worked to retain John Lovick as Snohomish County executive last year are now trying to unseat him.

Date: 08/02/2015 | Local News


Herald endorsements for the primary

If you haven't done so already, dig out that mail-in ballot for Tuesday's top two primary election, make your choices and mail it or drop it off at one of several drop boxes throughout the county. For a list of ballot drop boxes, go to tinyurl.com/SnoCoVoteBallotBox.Below...

Date: 08/02/2015 | Editorials


Primary voters pamphlet covers county from Lynnwood to Stanwood

The local voters pamphlet for the Aug. 4 primary covers candidates in parts of Snohomish County from Lynnwood to Stanwood.

Date: 07/30/2015 | South County Politics


NAACP to host forum for county executive candidates

Candidates competing for the Snohomish County executive's job have been invited to a forum scheduled Tuesday by the local chapter of the NAACP.The event is scheduled from 7 to 8:30 p.m. as part of the...

Date: 07/27/2015 | Local News


Candidate forum is tonight in Lynnwood

Tonight is the forum in Lynnwood for candidates for Snohomish County executive, county council and the Lynnwood City Council.

Date: 07/22/2015 | South County Politics


Snohomish County executive: Five scrap for top job

EVERETT — John Lovick will tell you he's worked hard to increase trust in Snohomish County government during the two years since taking office.Yet as Lovick seeks his first full term as county executive, the former sheriff has weathered growing criticism over his...

Date: 07/21/2015 | Local News


County and Lynnwood candidates to appear at Wednesday forum

Candidates for Snohomish County executive, county council and the Lynnwood City Council will appear at a forum Wednesday in Lynnwood.

Date: 07/20/2015 | South County Politics


Dave Somers for county executive

With five candidates seeking the office of Snohomish County executive, there is no shortage of choice for voters in terms of the candidates' ideas, political stances, background and experience.Current County Executive John Lovick, a Democrat from Mill Creek, has held the...

Date: 07/19/2015 | Editorials


Probe finds nothing wrong in deputy exec’s behavior

EVERETT — Police detectives have found no evidence to support claims that Deputy Snohomish County Executive Mark Ericks illegally pressured planning staff to approve permits for developers.

Date: 07/07/2015 | Local News


You have your choice, as long as it's a Democrat

Trivia time! Can you name the last Republican presidential candidate to carry Snohomish County?Mitt Romney? No… John McCain? No… George W. Bush? Hahahaha. A thousand times, no. Actually just no two times, once for 2000 and once for 2004.In fact, the...

Date: 06/26/2015 | Web Monkey


Is one-party control Snohomish County's destiny?

BOTHELL — John Lovick had to share the stage last week when he told a roomful of Democrats here how excited he is to run for re-election as Snohomish County executive.Sitting a few feet away from the sharp-dressed former sheriff was Dave Somers, the county councilman...

Date: 06/14/2015 | Local News


Democrats' dinner to feature Lovick, DelBene, Keister, Steves

The 2015 Snohomish County Democratic Dinner and Henry M Jackson Awards at Edmonds Community College in Lynnwood Saturday will feature Snohomish County Executive John Lovick, U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene, TV comedian John Keister and travel writer Rick Steves.

Date: 06/09/2015 | South County Politics


County exec candidates to speak to 1st District Democrats Monday

The two Democratic candidates for Snohomish County executive will face questions in a forum at a meeting of the 1st Legislative District Democrats Monday in Bothell.

Date: 06/05/2015 | South County Politics


Change your name to Bhab for the top spot on county ballots

If you’re a candidate for office in Snohomish County, change your last name to Bhab.

Date: 06/03/2015 | South County Politics


2-year-old Aaron Reardon election investigation stalled

State election watchdogs continue to sift through gigabytes of evidence pointing to potential campaign violations during former County Executive Aaron Reardon's 2011 re-election bid. The Reardon case now is the oldest open investigation on the Public Disclosure Commission docket. It could remain...

Date: 05/31/2015 | Local News


Attorney's disputed pay raise not just reinstated, but increased

EVERETT — Snohomish County Executive John Lovick's administration has reinstated a controversial pay raise for an attorney who oversees parts of the public defense system.Sort of.

Date: 05/22/2015 | Local News


Republican Robert Sutherland joins county executive race

EVERETT — Snohomish County Executive John Lovick now faces a Republican challenger in his election bid, in addition to fellow Democrat Dave Somers, chairman of the...

Date: 05/14/2015 | Local News


Bickering Democrats now in head-to-head battle to lead county

Snohomish County's top elected officials have traded accusations of poor leadership for much of the past year. Now they're competing to lead the county.

Date: 05/14/2015 | Local News




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