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
The hectic first months of a new county executive
Date: 04/03/2016 | Local News
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Snohomish County's new exec faces policy, personnel challenges
Date: 01/03/2016 | Local News
Agency cites repeated violations of laws during campaign
Date: 12/17/2015 | Local News
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
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
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
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
Challenger winning county exec race; Tisdel ahead
Date: 11/03/2015 | Local News
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
South Snohomish County will have a full ballot for the Nov. 3 general election.
Date: 09/29/2015 | South County Politics
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
EVERETT — The leaders in the primary for Snohomish County executive switched places in updated ballot counts released Wednesday.
Date: 08/06/2015 | Local News
Democrats headed to face-off for county exec
Date: 08/04/2015 | Local News
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
If you’re a candidate for office in Snohomish County, change your last name to Bhab.
Date: 06/03/2015 | South County Politics
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
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
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
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