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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

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

County Council furious over lawyer's 21 percent pay raise

EVERETT — A 21 percent raise has put an attorney who oversees Snohomish County's Office of Public Defense at the center of a political furor over pay hikes for top managers.County Executive John Lovick's administration in November increased Sara Bhagat's annual salary...

Date: 04/24/2015 | Local News

Racism charge leveled

Lovick objects to Council chairman's joke at Tulalip event

Date: 04/14/2015 | Local News

Involve public in big projects

Throughout what is now known as the "courthouse mess," the city of Everett has complained that the things Snohomish County officials were or weren't doing regarding parking spaces and redevelopment plans as part of a courthouse deal, came as "a surprise" to the...

Date: 03/15/2015 | Editorials

Mukilteo mayor: Give county earful about airport

MUKILTEO — Mayor Jennifer Gregerson is asking residents here to voice their opposition to commercial air service at Paine Field by contacting Snohomish County officials.

Date: 03/06/2015 | Local News

Attempt to recall prosecutor Roe goes to judge

MOUNT VERNON — A Skagit County judge likely will decide whether a Gold Bar blogger can attempt to recall Snohomish County's elected prosecutor.A hearing is scheduled for Thursday in Skagit County Superior Court to determine whether Anne Block's

Date: 02/26/2015 | Local News

‘Recovering’ is Lovick’s assessment in State of the County speech

EVERETT — Snohomish County Executive John Lovick reminded people Wednesday of the resilience they demonstrated in a year that included the Oso mudslide and the

Date: 02/25/2015 | Local News

Ericks' role in land-use decisions under investigation

EVERETT — Snohomish County authorities have asked an outside police agency to investigate claims that a top administrator pressured staff to approve development permits.Prosecuting Attorney Mark Roe on Wednesday said he moved swiftly after reading allegations leveled...

Date: 02/12/2015 | Local News

Third party should re-examine project

I write this commentary to provide context to the current courthouse debacle. In the November 2012 budget, the County Council approved a plan to sell bonds to...

Date: 02/04/2015 | Commentary

County courthouse construction plans stalled over parking gridlock

EVERETT — Some Snohomish County leaders pressed Monday for an urgent solution to the parking impasse threatening to hold up, or even scuttle, new courthouse construction.

Date: 01/13/2015 | Local News

Why the surprise over courthouse parking?

The Everett City Council last week essentially put a stop-work order on Snohomish County's plans to build a new courthouse because of a lack of adequate parking, a move that reportedly surprised county officials.The city's new rules for downtown parking would require about...

Date: 12/30/2014 | Editorials

Double-standard cost John Koster his job

Like a growing number of conservatives trying to function in an environment dominated by intolerant liberals, my friend, John Koster, finds himself in the familiar position these days of having his livelihood taken away from him for nothing more than expressing his opinions.

Date: 12/24/2014 | Commentary

Koster loses job as county’s first ombudsman

EVERETT — A bipartisan experiment that seemed to promise great things a year ago ended in a public meeting Monday, when John Koster lost his job as Snohomish County's first ombudsman.The decision on...

Date: 12/22/2014 | Local News

Budget compromise averts county government shutdown

EVERETT — Snohomish County Council members united on Wednesday to pass a compromise version of the 2015 budget, averting the prospect of a government shutdown.

Date: 12/17/2014 | Local News

County council works to avoid 'nightmare' of possible shutdown

EVERETT — Snohomish County lawmakers are preparing to mull a series of compromises Wednesday to avoid a crisis.Failing to act could earn the county a dubious distinction as the first in Washington to suffer a

Date: 12/17/2014 | Local News

County government shutdown possible in budget standoff

EVERETT — Snohomish County lawmakers sounded a cooperative tone on the budget Monday, even as the gravity of failing to get over their disagreements became clearer.

Date: 12/15/2014 | Local News

Budget’s ripe for compromise

With all the areas of disagreement among the Snohomish County Council and between it and County Executive John Lovick regarding the budget, it might seem likely, following Lovick's veto Wednesday of the budget approved by the council, that the county is headed for at least a partial...

Date: 12/14/2014 | Editorials

Lovick vetoes county budget, which could lead to partial shutdown

EVERETT — Snohomish County Executive John Lovick vetoed the County Council's version of the 2015 budget Wednesday, citing a long list of disagreements.Although he'll face opposition, the veto has...

Date: 12/11/2014 | Local News

Investigation launched over alleged threats by Lovick's top deputy

EVERETT — A divided Snohomish County Council voted Monday to authorize an outside investigation into comments made against some of its members by Deputy Executive Mark Ericks.The contract will pay...

Date: 12/09/2014 | Local News

Official's political work displays lack of discretion

There's no special knack in having an opinion; the trick is in knowing when, where and how to voice — or not voice — those thoughts. Snohomish County Ombudsman John Koster is hearing criticism from some county employees and County Executive John Lovick, who hired...

Date: 12/09/2014 | Editorials

County Ombudsman Koster under fire for anti-union statements

EVERETT — When he was appointed Snohomish County's first ombudsman, John Koster was told to check his politics at the door.The job places a premium on impartiality.For Koster, that meant setting aside conservative views he's made known during three...

Date: 12/08/2014 | Local News

Lovick says top deputy made 'no threats' against county councilman

EVERETT — Snohomish County Executive John Lovick said there's no evidence that his top deputy threatened or harassed county councilmen.Lovick made the announcement Thursday after performing his own fact-finding inquiry into comments made by Deputy Executive Mark Ericks...

Date: 12/04/2014 | Local News

Investigate alleged hostile comments by county's deputy exec

Somewhere, disgraced former Snohomish County Executive Aaron Reardon must be basking in the "schadenfreude" — the German term for delighting in the misfortune of others — with the news coming out of the county administration building.As

Date: 11/30/2014 | Editorials

Restore funding for First Steps

"At the end of the day, it's a balanced budget," Snohomish County Council Chairman Dave Somers said after the council passed the county's budget for 2015.That's about all you can say for it: It's balanced. It's certainly not fair, not to young mothers and...

Date: 11/28/2014 | Editorials

County councilman complains about ‘intolerable’ remarks by Lovick deputy

EVERETT — Snohomish County Council chairman Dave Somers has filed a formal complaint alleging "reprehensible and intolerable" remarks against him and other council members.In a Nov. 18 letter to Executive John Lovick, Somers accused Deputy Executive Mark...

Date: 11/26/2014 | Local News

County Council irons out differences, passes 2015 budget

EVERETT — A series of compromises and contentious 3-2 votes ended Monday with the Snohomish County Council passing a budget, if barely.Council members, near the end of a four-hour hearing, went back to...

Date: 11/25/2014 | Local News

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