Jerry Cornfield

Approved Legislative District Map (Washington State Redistricting Commission)

State Supreme Court declines to draw new redistricting plan

All nine justices said a bipartisan commission achieved its primary purpose, despite missing a deadline.

 

Keith Wagoner

Senator becomes first GOP candidate for secretary of state

Sen. Keith Wagoner will challenge Democrat Steve Hobbs, who was appointed to the statewide post in November

 

Madison is one of three aging elementary schools that would be torn down and replaced if the Everett schools bond is passed next year. (Sue Misao / Herald file)

Everett school leaders have 2 big levies on February ballot

The district is asking voters to renew a levy for programs and operations, and to pass a $325 million capital and tech levy.

 

The Monroe Correctional Complex on Thursday, April 9, 2020. Inmates held a demonstration on Wednesday night after six inmates tested positive for COVID-19. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Another outbreak sends 60 to isolation at Monroe prison unit

One worker and one prisoner tested positive Monday. Then more cases were found throughout the Twin Rivers Unit.

The Monroe Correctional Complex on Thursday, April 9, 2020. Inmates held a demonstration on Wednesday night after six inmates tested positive for COVID-19. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
A portion of the Redistricting Commission-approved legislative map showing the 12th District, which would span the Cascade Range. (Washington State Redistricting Commission) 20211124

Proposed political map links cities from Monroe to Wenatchee

Highway 2 would unite communities on both sides of the Cascades in one legislative district. Here’s what else could change.

A portion of the Redistricting Commission-approved legislative map showing the 12th District, which would span the Cascade Range. (Washington State Redistricting Commission) 20211124
Top (L-R): Brian Holtzclaw, Eric Cooke, Judy Williams, Tim Schmitt. Bottom (L-R): Patrick Leonetti, Donna Cross, Dani Gaumond, Rob Johnson.

Recounts in Mill Creek, Stanwood as 2021 election is certified

Another tally is required to settle races for seats on city councils, as well as the Alderwood water district.

Top (L-R): Brian Holtzclaw, Eric Cooke, Judy Williams, Tim Schmitt. Bottom (L-R): Patrick Leonetti, Donna Cross, Dani Gaumond, Rob Johnson.
Steve Hobbs, who was sworn in as Washington Secretary of State, Monday, Nov. 22, 2021, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash., poses in front of photos of the 15 people who previously held his office. Hobbs, a former state senator from Lake Stevens, Wash., is the first person of color to head the office and the first Democrat to serve as Secretary in more than 50 years. He replaces Republican Secretary of State Kim Wyman, who resigned to accept an election security job in the Biden administration. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Steve Hobbs sworn in as Washington’s 16th secretary of state

The state senator from Lake Stevens is the first Democrat to hold the position in 56 years.

Steve Hobbs, who was sworn in as Washington Secretary of State, Monday, Nov. 22, 2021, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash., poses in front of photos of the 15 people who previously held his office. Hobbs, a former state senator from Lake Stevens, Wash., is the first person of color to head the office and the first Democrat to serve as Secretary in more than 50 years. He replaces Republican Secretary of State Kim Wyman, who resigned to accept an election security job in the Biden administration. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Jason Cummings (Contributed photo) 20211118

Civil division chief enters race for Snohomish County prosecutor

Jason Cummings has worked in the office for 23 years. He hopes to succeed Adam Cornell, who is not seeking re-election.

Jason Cummings (Contributed photo) 20211118
The Washington State Redistricting Commission held a public meeting over Zoom on Monday night to draw the final legislative and congressional district boundaries. Most of the five-hour session was spent in "caucus meetings" which were unavailable to the viewing public. (Washington State Redistricting Commission)

Bipartisan commission fails to draw new political boundaries

For the first time in state history, the Supreme Court will define new congressional and legislative districts.

The Washington State Redistricting Commission held a public meeting over Zoom on Monday night to draw the final legislative and congressional district boundaries. Most of the five-hour session was spent in "caucus meetings" which were unavailable to the viewing public. (Washington State Redistricting Commission)
Vaccination rates for school employees by school district.

Many public school employees are exempt from getting vaccine

Districts gave exemptions to hundreds with sincerely held religious beliefs ahead of last month’s deadline.

Vaccination rates for school employees by school district.
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Sen. Steve Hobbs of Lake Stevens named secretary of state

Gov. Jay Inslee on Wednesday appointed the Snohomish County Democrat to succeed departing Republican Kim Wyman.

Sen. Steve Hobbs
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee uses a red pen to veto sections of the state operating budget, Tuesday, May 21, 2019, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. Inslee signed the state's capital, operating, and transportation budgets Tuesday, officially designating funds — and new taxes — to pay for state programs for the next two years. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Governor’s 12-word veto went too far, Supreme Court rules

Jay Inslee vetoed a single sentence in a transportation budget. The state’s highest court said that wasn’t legal.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee uses a red pen to veto sections of the state operating budget, Tuesday, May 21, 2019, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. Inslee signed the state's capital, operating, and transportation budgets Tuesday, officially designating funds — and new taxes — to pay for state programs for the next two years. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Molly Barnes (top left), Melissa Duque (center left) and Connie Allison (bottom left) won their races. Candidates facing recounts include Erick Cooke and Brian Holtzclaw (top center), Rob Johnson and Dani Gaumond (top right), Judy Williams and Tim Schmitt (bottom center) and Al Schreiber and Gary Forslund (bottom right).

Recounts loom in Mill Creek, Stanwood after Monday tabulation

A battle for a seat on the Alderwood water commission is so close the county may need to recount every ballot by hand.

Molly Barnes (top left), Melissa Duque (center left) and Connie Allison (bottom left) won their races. Candidates facing recounts include Erick Cooke and Brian Holtzclaw (top center), Rob Johnson and Dani Gaumond (top right), Judy Williams and Tim Schmitt (bottom center) and Al Schreiber and Gary Forslund (bottom right).
Gov. Jay Inslee joined other governors Monday at the Climate Registry & Climate Action Reserve press conference in Glasgow, Scotland, to talk about climate achievements and goals. From left, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown, Hawaii Gov. David Ige, Gov. Jay Inslee and Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker. (Photo courtesy of Gov. Jay Inslee)

Inslee: State agency vehicles must be all-electric by 2035

The governor, who is in Scotland for an international climate conference, set an aggressive timeline.

Gov. Jay Inslee joined other governors Monday at the Climate Registry & Climate Action Reserve press conference in Glasgow, Scotland, to talk about climate achievements and goals. From left, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown, Hawaii Gov. David Ige, Gov. Jay Inslee and Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker. (Photo courtesy of Gov. Jay Inslee)
Mary Fosse, left to right, Liz Vogeli, and Paula Rhyne celebrate as election are read aloud Tuesday night at Black Lab Gallery in Everett on November 2, 2021. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Contests tighten, new leaders emerge with election tally

A Stanwood incumbent moved ahead, Mill Creek’s mayor fell behind and incumbents in Lake Stevens expanded their leads.

Mary Fosse, left to right, Liz Vogeli, and Paula Rhyne celebrate as election are read aloud Tuesday night at Black Lab Gallery in Everett on November 2, 2021. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Top row: Vanessa Edwards (left) and Ray Sheldon Jr. Bottom row (from left): Connor Krebbs, Wade Rinehardt and Katie Jackson.

Anti-mandate school board candidates see mixed results here

Mandates, sex ed and critical race theory commanded the spotlight in Snohomish County school races.

Top row: Vanessa Edwards (left) and Ray Sheldon Jr. Bottom row (from left): Connor Krebbs, Wade Rinehardt and Katie Jackson.
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What’s at stake and how to vote: Tuesday is Election Day

This is a year when most local offices are decided, from mayors to city councils and school boards.

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Collage of election candidates for Nov. 2, 2021. (Sue Misao / The Herald) 20211101

7 highlights and trends in Snohomish County’s hyper-local election

Among them: Mayoral duels, big money, the rise of youth and the return of veteran politicians.

Collage of election candidates for Nov. 2, 2021. (Sue Misao / The Herald) 20211101
Snohomish County school district employee vaccination rates as of Oct. 18, 2021.

Nearly 90% of Washington public school employees got the jab

As for the other 10%? Most got an exemption and a path to keep working. Only 470 people left jobs or were terminated.

Snohomish County school district employee vaccination rates as of Oct. 18, 2021.
Top (L-R): Nina Kim Hanson and Brett Rogers. Bottom (L-R): Vildan Kirby and Carolyn Bennett.

Strong resumes, strong views in Lake Stevens School Board races

As elsewhere, the contests feature candidates clashing on curriculum, spending and COVID-19 mandates.

Top (L-R): Nina Kim Hanson and Brett Rogers. Bottom (L-R): Vildan Kirby and Carolyn Bennett.