Jerry Cornfield

Top (L-R): Ron Muzzall, Helen Price Johnson, Greg Gilday, Angie Homola, Kim Wyman. Bottom (L-R): Bill Bruch, Dave Paul, Mark James, April Berg, Gael Tarleton.

As ballots are counted, three legislative races tighten

Democrats Paul, Homola and Price Johnson saw their leads shrink in a trio of 10th District races.

Top (L-R): Ron Muzzall, Helen Price Johnson, Greg Gilday, Angie Homola, Kim Wyman. Bottom (L-R): Bill Bruch, Dave Paul, Mark James, April Berg, Gael Tarleton.
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee receives a congratulatory kiss from his wife Trudi before addressing the media after winning his third term as governor, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020 in Olympia, Wash. (Steve Bloom/The Olympian via AP)

Inslee surges to big win as he secures a rare third term

Schools chief Chris Reykdal was winning. Secretary of State Wyman was locked in tight race.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee receives a congratulatory kiss from his wife Trudi before addressing the media after winning his third term as governor, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020 in Olympia, Wash. (Steve Bloom/The Olympian via AP)
Top (L-R): Suzan DelBene, Jeffrey Beeler, Rick Larsen. Bottom (L-R): Pramila Jayapal, Craig Keller, Tim Hazelo.

Larsen, DelBene and Jayapal cruising toward re-election

Incumbent House Democrats hold solid leads in contests to represent Snohomish County in Congress

Top (L-R): Suzan DelBene, Jeffrey Beeler, Rick Larsen. Bottom (L-R): Pramila Jayapal, Craig Keller, Tim Hazelo.
A plane tows a Trump banner Oct. 17 over Possession Sound in Everett. (Sue Misao / The Herald)

Five things to watch in this election, and none named Trump

Senators are under fire, a sex-ed law is under attack and a non-partisan race has gotten very partisan.

A plane tows a Trump banner Oct. 17 over Possession Sound in Everett. (Sue Misao / The Herald)
There are ballot drop boxes scattered around Snohomish County. This one is in the parking lot at the Everett Mall. (Sue Misao / Herald file)

If you haven’t already, Tuesday is your deadline to vote

Officials say Washington voter turnout could reach 90% in this supercharged presidential election.

There are ballot drop boxes scattered around Snohomish County. This one is in the parking lot at the Everett Mall. (Sue Misao / Herald file)
Top (L-R): Amy McGrath, Lindsey Graham, Jamie Harrison. Bottom (L-R): Mark Kelly, Martha McSally, Mitch McConnell. (AP photos)

Washington donors help stoke fires of hot U.S. Senate races

Contributions are flowing into electoral battles from Arizona to Maine, Kentucky to South Carolina.

Top (L-R): Amy McGrath, Lindsey Graham, Jamie Harrison. Bottom (L-R): Mark Kelly, Martha McSally, Mitch McConnell. (AP photos)
Mark James (left) and April Berg.

Moderates may decide a million-dollar battle for state House

Democrat April Berg and Republican Mark James are dueling in the 44th, a political swing district.

Mark James (left) and April Berg.
John Kartak (left) and John Lovick.

Rep. Lovick and Mayor Kartak differ on almost every issue

Voters will know clearly their views on new taxes, sex ed law, pandemic response and police reform.

John Kartak (left) and John Lovick.
Top (L-R): Suzan DelBene, Jeffrey Beeler, Rick Larsen. Bottom (L-R): Pramila Jayapal, Craig Keller, Tim Hazelo.

COVID isn’t the only issue in contests for three House seats

Incumbent Democrats face challengers who talk about immigration, federal spending and term limits.

Top (L-R): Suzan DelBene, Jeffrey Beeler, Rick Larsen. Bottom (L-R): Pramila Jayapal, Craig Keller, Tim Hazelo.
Snohomish County Auditor Carolyn Weikel is predicting 34 percent of the county’s registered voters will cast ballots. FILE PHOTO  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

State demanded more drop boxes, and now it must pay for them

A King County judge says a law requiring more ballot boxes was an illegal unfunded mandate.

Snohomish County Auditor Carolyn Weikel is predicting 34 percent of the county’s registered voters will cast ballots. FILE PHOTO  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
Nicola Smith

Lynnwood council seethes as panel moves to hike mayor’s pay

The salary commission also cuts council salaries. Opponents say they’ll try to repeal the changes.

Nicola Smith
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Early return of ballots in Snohomish County smashes record

More than 78,000, or 15.3%, have already been sent in, easily beating a previous high set in 2008.

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Brett Gailey

Lake Stevens’ first full-time mayor will make $80,000 a year

The city council voted in September to convert the mayoral position from part time to full time.

Brett Gailey
Initiative promoter Tim Eyman reads a newspaper article from the year 2000 about his long-running campaign for $30 car tabs as he waits to talk to reporters, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020, in front of the Temple of Justice at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. The Washington Supreme Court on Thursday unanimously struck down Eyman's Initiative 976, a measure that would have steeply discounted the price of car registrations at $30 while gutting transportation budgets across Washington state. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

State Supreme Court nullifies Eyman’s $30 car-tab measure

Justices on Thursday unanimously agreed that voter-approved Initiative 976 is unconstitutional.

Initiative promoter Tim Eyman reads a newspaper article from the year 2000 about his long-running campaign for $30 car tabs as he waits to talk to reporters, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020, in front of the Temple of Justice at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. The Washington Supreme Court on Thursday unanimously struck down Eyman's Initiative 976, a measure that would have steeply discounted the price of car registrations at $30 while gutting transportation budgets across Washington state. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
The 2020 General Election voter's pamphlet

Decision time arrives for 500,000 Snohomish County voters

Ballots are to be mailed Thursday. Turnout in Snohomish County is expected to be near 85%.

The 2020 General Election voter's pamphlet
Stephanie Jerdon with A Voice for Washington Children holds a stack of signed petitions for Referendum 90 at the group’s celebration in the Spokane Valley on June 2. (A Voice for Washington Children)

Voters get final word on a controversial sex education law

Referendum 90 stirs the passion of partisans, religious leaders and defenders of local control.

Stephanie Jerdon with A Voice for Washington Children holds a stack of signed petitions for Referendum 90 at the group’s celebration in the Spokane Valley on June 2. (A Voice for Washington Children)
Fifth grader Vivian Fisher get help setting up a ChromeBook from Jody Urban at Frank Wagoner Elementary on Wednesday, April 8, 2020 in Monroe, Wa. Students of Frank Wagoner Elementary School returned on Wednesday to collect computers and other supplies to finish up the rest of the school year at home. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Enrollment down in public schools amid persisting pandemic

Across the state and in Snohomish County, kindergarten is showing the sharpest decline.

Fifth grader Vivian Fisher get help setting up a ChromeBook from Jody Urban at Frank Wagoner Elementary on Wednesday, April 8, 2020 in Monroe, Wa. Students of Frank Wagoner Elementary School returned on Wednesday to collect computers and other supplies to finish up the rest of the school year at home. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
Washington gubernatorial candidates Gov. Jay Inslee, a Democrat, left, and Loren Culp, a Republican, right, are shown on a monitor in a video control room at the studios of TVW, Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020, in Olympia, Wash., as they take part in a debate. Due to concerns over COVID-19, each candidate took part in the debate from individual rooms separate from moderators. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Inslee, Culp joust on COVID, climate, crime in feisty debate

In their only televised match-up, the two gubernatorial candidates differed on pretty much everything.

Washington gubernatorial candidates Gov. Jay Inslee, a Democrat, left, and Loren Culp, a Republican, right, are shown on a monitor in a video control room at the studios of TVW, Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020, in Olympia, Wash., as they take part in a debate. Due to concerns over COVID-19, each candidate took part in the debate from individual rooms separate from moderators. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Panel says full-time mayor in Lake Stevens should earn 80K

Panel says full-time mayor in Lake Stevens should earn 80K

Salary commission set the figure Thursday. An Oct. 19 hearing gives residents a chance to respond

Panel says full-time mayor in Lake Stevens should earn 80K
Surge in consumer spending eases state budget challenges

Surge in consumer spending eases state budget challenges

A jump in tax collections cuts a projected $9 billion shortfall in half, acccording to new forecast.

Surge in consumer spending eases state budget challenges