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Giving Dunshee’s seat to Lovick would benefit Dems in November

Election politics are certain to be on the minds of Snohomish County Councilmembers when they fill the state House seat vacated this week by Democrat Hans Dunshee.

Date: 04/20/2016 | The Petri Dish

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

Tax break for new construction meant to fuel growth of jobs

EVERETT — County leaders have decided to allow a 10-year tax break for companies that bring new jobs to manufacturing and industrial areas around Snohomish County.To qualify, businesses must build a new operation or expand an existing one and add at least 25 jobs...

Date: 03/28/2016 | Local News

County Council to continue work on small alcohol businesses

EVERETT — The Snohomish County Council is to continue discussions about crafting regulations to operate small-scale breweries, wineries and distilleries on rural property.

Date: 03/10/2016 | 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

Charter reviewers consider changes to county government

EVERETT — The brainstorming has begun. A group of elected commissioners is pondering ways to alter the size, shape and function of Snohomish County government.Charter Review commissioners have...

Date: 03/08/2016 | Local News

Trees and owners need greater protection

Regarding The Herald's Feb. 1 acticle, "No rules: Their land development may harm your tree's roots":Since early 2015, Pacific Ridge Housing has been constructing a housing development to be...

Date: 03/08/2016 | Commentary

Dunshee sworn in as county councilman

OLYMPIA — State Rep. Hans Dunshee was sworn in at 4:40 p.m. Wednesday as a Snohomish County councilman by state Supreme Court Justice Mary Fairhurst.The ceremony took place at Fairhurst’s office in the Temple of Justice.

Date: 03/02/2016 | Local News

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

Snohomish County Council choice dividing Democrats

EVERETT — A partisan appointment to the Snohomish County Council is shaping up as a clash of personalities — and once again creating divisions within the Democratic Party.

Date: 02/21/2016 | Local News

County's new tree rules offer greater protection

Snohomish County has long been a leader in environmental protections, having adopted regulations as stringent as any in the nation. So I was surprised by a recent guest commentary in The Herald claiming new tree...

Date: 02/20/2016 | Commentary

Charter Review Commission to hear from council member, judges Wednesday

The Snohomish County Charter Review Commission will hear from a county council member, a Superior Court judge and South District Court Judge Beth Fraser at a commission meeting Wednesday.

Date: 02/16/2016 | South County Politics

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

Palumbo favored for Somers' former County Council seat

EVERETT — Guy Palumbo earned Democrats' support Saturday as their top pick to fill Executive Dave Somers' former seat on the Snohomish County Council.But it's up to county council members to make the final selection. State Rep. Hans Dunshee, who finished second to...

Date: 02/06/2016 | Local News

Democrats to nominate 3 for Somers' County Council seat

EVERETT — Hans Dunshee, a 20-year veteran of the state House, is facing spirited competition for an open seat on the Snohomish County Council.A key step in the appointment process comes to a head Saturday, when Democratic Party officers are prepared to pick three...

Date: 02/05/2016 | Local News

County Democrats set caucus to narrow council seat field

Snohomish County Democrats are preparing to caucus Feb. 6 to nominate appointees for a vacant County Council seat, as a new name joins the list of hopefuls.

Date: 01/08/2016 | Local News

Big Issues | 2016: Governance

Snohomish County's new exec faces policy, personnel challenges

Date: 01/03/2016 | Local News

Rep. Hans Dunshee says he’ll run for Somers’ County Council seat

SNOHOMISH — State Rep. Hans Dunshee wants to take on a new job as a Snohomish County councilman, but not before finishing some business in Olympia.

Date: 12/22/2015 | Local News

County Council votes down proposed aviation history hub

EVERETT — An aircraft collector's dream of teaming up with Snohomish County to build a historic aviation hub at Paine Field didn't fly with the County Council.A 3-2 majority of the council

Date: 12/10/2015 | Local News

Health district budgets money to study its possible takeover by county

EVERETT — The Snohomish Health District plans to spend about $60,000 next year studying its proposed demise as an independent public agency.

Date: 12/09/2015 | 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

Auditor says nothing improper about her calls supporting Somers

The elected official who oversees elections and licensing in Snohomish County says there was nothing improper about her making robocalls supporting county executive candidate Dave Somers.

Date: 11/13/2015 | South County Politics

Sullivan likely to secure his third term on Snohomish County Council

EVERETT — When results showed up on election night, Brian Sullivan couldn't hide his dismay.The Democrat, who has spent most of his adult life in politics, was running for a third term on the Snohomish County Council. And on Nov. 3 he was trailing

Date: 11/13/2015 | 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

Sullivan's lead over Tisdel grows in County Council race

EVERETT — Snohomish County Councilman Brian Sullivan increased his lead to 450 votes over opponent Greg Tisdel in updated vote totals released Friday evening.Tisdel was ahead on election night but the...

Date: 11/07/2015 | Local News

Sullivan leads Tisdel by 61 votes in Snohomish County Council race

Snohomish County Councilman Brian Sullivan increased his slim re-election lead to 61 votes over challenger Greg Tisdel in updated vote totals posted Thursday.The incumbent had trailed Tisdel by 98 votes on...

Date: 11/05/2015 | 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

Cast three votes for charter-review commission

You can vote three times for Snohomish County Charter-Review Commission.That’s because each county council district selects three commission members.

Date: 10/27/2015 | South County Politics

County Council to study acquisition of Snohomish Health District

EVERETT — A move that could lead to the Snohomish Health District becoming part of county government was approved by the Snohomish County Council on Monday.In its action, the County Council asked for an analysis of incorporating the...

Date: 10/27/2015 | 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

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

No sure thing for Sullivan

Longtime politician faces opposition from newcomer Tisdel

Date: 10/12/2015 | 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

Change county officials' car allowance

Symbolic efforts have their place; such a move can at least acknowledge a problem and continue the discussion toward a solution.Not, however, when they might create more problems than they might solve, which is why the Snohomish County Council

Date: 09/29/2015 | Editorials

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

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

County Council delays vote on hiring freeze

EVERETT — Snohomish County Council members decided Wednesday to wait another week before voting on a hiring freeze to give themselves time to examine unintended...

Date: 09/17/2015 | Local News

County Council to vote on mostly symbolic hiring freeze

EVERETT — Snohomish County Council members are set to vote Wednesday on imposing a hiring freeze for government employees, in another sign of unease over finances.The move might put other leaders on notice, but the main effect would be symbolic."I...

Date: 09/16/2015 | Local News

Introducing charter-review candidates in County Council District 4

Voters in Mountlake Terrace, Brier, Bothell, Mill Creek and the rest of Snohomish County Council District 4 will see 10 candidates on the November ballot for three positions on the Snohomish County charter-review commission.

Date: 08/28/2015 | South County Politics

Introducing charter-review candidates in County Council District 3

Voters in Edmonds, Lynnwood, Woodway and the rest of Snohomish County Council District 3 will see 16 candidates on the November ballot for three positions on the Snohomish County charter-review commission.

Date: 08/27/2015 | South County Politics

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

Familiar names on ballot for county charter-review commission

You’ll see a lot of familiar names on the November ballot for positions on the Snohomish County charter-review commission.

Date: 08/26/2015 | South County Politics

Final south Snohomish County primary election results

Here are final results of the Aug. 4 primary election in South Snohomish County as certified Tuesday, Aug. 18, by the Snohomish County canvasing board:

Date: 08/20/2015 | South County Politics

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

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

Where was city’s concern for downtown parking earlier?

I can't believe all this talk about a lack of parking in downtown Everett and who is responsible for it. This is getting a little old. First of all, I am not in favor of going ahead with a new courthouse that has more than doubled in price in two years all before a hole is even dug.

Date: 08/08/2015 | Commentary

An uphill tax battle for county

Snohomish County and the state of Washington were already facing a difficult legal battle against the Tulalip Tribes confederation. Now, the U.S. Justice Department is seeking to join the lawsuit and is...

Date: 08/06/2015 | Editorials

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

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

Make taking land last resort

A new case of eminent domain in this state raises the question of whether stricter proof of need should be required before government agencies can jump in and employ the process.Eminent domain allows government entities to take private property — for "fair market...

Date: 07/20/2015 | Editorials

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

Friday deadline to register as a write-in candidate for primary

Friday, July 17, is the deadline to register as a write-in candidate for the Aug. 4 primary election.

Date: 07/15/2015 | South County Politics

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

Families, safety and growth are common themes of Lake Stevens council candidates

LAKE STEVENS — Three political newcomers seeking the same City Council seat are focused on roads, parks and jobs as they plan for a once small city that continues to grow.

Date: 07/04/2015 | Local News

Introductory statements from candidates for a Lynnwood Council position on primary ballot

Lynnwood City Council incumbent Loren Simmonds faces challengers Maria Ambalada and Shirley Sutton in the Aug. 4 primary election. It is one of two Lynnwood Council positions on the primary ballot. The top two vote getters for each position advance to the Nov. 3 general election. Two...

Date: 06/12/2015 | South County Politics

Koster ‘thinking seriously’ about another run for state House

One of Snohomish County’s best-known Republicans is eyeing a return to politics in the place where his political career began.John Koster, the Arlington dairy farmer and ex-maker of laws for the state and county, is “seriously” thinking about a run for the Legislature in 2016.

Date: 06/11/2015 | Local News

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

Candidates for offices in south Snohomish County

Candidate filing for local offices ended May 15.Filing became final when the withdrawal period ended May 18.

Date: 05/27/2015 | South County Politics

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

Business ban helps black-market growers

On May 6, Snohomish County Councilmembers voted 4 to 1 to ban legal marijuana business owners from operating in the agriculturally compatible rural 5-acre zone (R5) of the county.The R5 zone is where urban sprawl meets rural protectionism, and has long been the battleground...

Date: 05/18/2015 | Commentary

County Councilman Sullivan faces well-funded challenge

EVERETT — Democrat Brian Sullivan has walloped Republican opponents by 2-1 margins to win two terms as a Snohomish County councilman.Sullivan now faces a well-funded, well-connected challenger from within his own party. That could make for a spirited competition as he...

Date: 05/11/2015 | Local News

Candidate filing starts Monday

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.

Date: 05/08/2015 | South County Politics

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