Incumbent Everett, Snohomish mayors seem headed for November

After early counting, Cassie Franklin and John Kartak appeared to be headed for the general election.


EVERETT — After first count, incumbent mayors in both Everett and Snohomish were well positioned to head to the Nov. 2 general election.

And in Lynnwood, three City Council members in the mayoral race were within a few hundred votes of each other, but Christine Frizzell was well in the lead.

As of Tuesday evening, the number of ballots returned for all three cities was below 25% — a relatively normal turnout for a primary election without gubernatorial or presidential races. In 2019, just under a quarter of registered voters returned their ballots.

Here’s a look at the results of the first round of ballot-counting. The next update of election results will be posted Wednesday.

Snohomish County Auditor Garth Fell reported that there were about 14,000 ballots left to count as of Tuesday evening. That total will change with the addition of ballots collected from drop boxes Tuesday and received in the mail Wednesday.


Mayor Cassie Franklin seemed to be well on her way to re-election with just over 76% of the vote.

In a statement, Franklin said she is “grateful to have such broad support from the community and looks forward to the work ahead.”

She will likely face Steve Oss, who had 19% as of Tuesday, in the November general election. Ron Wittock, the third candidate on the primary ballot, announced in June he was not campaigning and would support Oss.

Cassie Franklin

Cassie Franklin

“I have spent zero money on any advertising so I don’t have the name recognition,” Oss said. “I have to get them to understand who I am, why I’m running and that I do have the ability to do what needs to be done here in Everett.”


Frizzell, George Hurst and Jim Smith are City Council colleagues-turned-competitors in Lynnwood’s mayoral race. The three contestants are seeking to fill Mayor Nicola Smith’s position following her decision to retire after serving eight years.

Frizzell and Smith will likely advance to the general election. Frizzell had 45% of the vote, with Smith trailing at 31% and Hurst at 23%.

Just over 300 votes were holding Hurst back from passing Smith, with more ballots to be counted in the coming days.

Frizzell received the support of the current mayor, an important endorsement. She was also supported by other mayors, including Everett Mayor Franklin.

George Hurst (left), Christine Frizzell (center) and Jim Smith.

George Hurst (left), Christine Frizzell (center) and Jim Smith.

“It shows that we’re collaborative people and that we want to work on issues that matter for all of south Snohomish County, not just our individual cities,” Frizzell said Tuesday evening. “We can be better together.”

Throughout his campaign, Smith cited his nearly 25 years of experience on the City Council as qualification for mayor.

“I want to offer my congratulations for a well-fought race by both Chris and George,” Smith said. “I thought we had a real civil campaign run.”

The new Lynnwood mayor will take over as the city confronts issues of housing affordability, public safety and a recovering economy.

The city is also expecting the arrival of the Sound Transit Link light rail by 2024, a development that will make the Lynnwood Transit Center one of the busiest centers in the region.

Hurst could not be reached for comment.


With a close margin, it looked like incumbent Snohomish Mayor John Kartak would face City Council President Linda Redmon in the Nov. 2 contest.

As of Tuesday night, Kartak had 42% of the vote, about 160 votes behind Redmon.

Snohomish mayoral candidates, from left: John Kartak, Linda Redmon and Sam King.

Snohomish mayoral candidates, from left: John Kartak, Linda Redmon and Sam King.

Kartak said his campaign is rooted in preserving “small town values,” while Redmon has pledged to expand renewable energy sources and strengthen partnerships with nonprofits to address homelessness.

In contrast to Kartak’s support of the May 2020 vigilantes that swarmed downtown Snohomish, some armed and others bearing symbols harkening back to the confederacy, Redmon has led conversations in the community about race and equity.

“I am really pleased with the results and have to thank all the people who have supported me and my vision for bringing Snohomish together,” Redmon said in a text.

Sam King promised to create the nation’s first “direct democracy” — in which there is “widespread participation in the decision-making process by the people affected” — but he was falling short with less than 5% of the vote.

The results of the election will be certified by the county canvassing board on Aug. 17.

King and Kartak could not be reached for comment.

Hannah Sheil:; 425-339-3463. Twitter: @thehannahsheil.

Isabella Breda: 425-339-3192; Twitter: @BredaIsabella.

Reporters Ben Watanabe and Jerry Cornfield also contributed to this reporting.

This article has been updated to include interviews with candidates after the print deadline.

Talk to us

More in Local News

This photo provided by OceanGate Expeditions shows a submersible vessel named Titan used to visit the wreckage site of the Titanic. In a race against the clock on the high seas, an expanding international armada of ships and airplanes searched Tuesday, June 20, 2023, for the submersible that vanished in the North Atlantic while taking five people down to the wreck of the Titanic. (OceanGate Expeditions via AP)
A new movie based on OceanGate’s Titan submersible tragedy is in the works: ‘Salvaged’

MindRiot announced the film, a fictional project titled “Salvaged,” on Friday.

Craig Hess (Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office)
Sultan’s new police chief has 22 years in law enforcement

Craig Hess was sworn in Sep. 14. The Long Island-born cop was a first-responder on 9/11. He also served as Gold Bar police chief.

Cars move across Edgewater Bridge toward Everett on Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2023, in Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Edgewater Bridge redo linking Everett, Mukilteo delayed until mid-2024

The project, now with an estimated cost of $27 million, will detour West Mukilteo Boulevard foot and car traffic for a year.

Lynn Deeken, the Dean of Arts, Learning Resources & Pathways at EvCC, addresses a large gathering during the ribbon cutting ceremony of the new Cascade Learning Center on Thursday, Sept. 28, 2023, at Everett Community College in Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
New EvCC learning resource center opens to students, public

Planners of the Everett Community College building hope it will encourage students to use on-campus tutoring resources.

Everett Police Chief Dan Templeman announces his retirement after 31 years of service at the Everett City Council meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2023 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Everett police chief to retire at the end of October

Chief Dan Templeman announced his retirement at Wednesday’s City Council meeting. He has been chief for nine years.

Boeing employees watch the KC-46 Pegasus delivery event  from the air stairs at Boeing on Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019 in Everett, Wa. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
Boeing’s iconic Everett factory tour to resume in October

After a three-year hiatus, tours of the Boeing Company’s enormous jet assembly plant are back at Paine Field.

A memorial for a 15-year-old shot and killed last week is set up at a bus stop along Harrison Road on Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2023, in Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Teen boy identified in fatal shooting at Everett bus stop

Bryan Tamayo-Franco, 15, was shot at a Hardeson Road bus stop earlier this month. Police arrested two suspects.

Woman killed in crash on Highway 99 in Lynnwood

Police closed off Highway 99 between 188th Street SW and 196th Street SW while they investigated.

Mike Bredstrand, who is trying to get back his job with Lake Stevens Public Works, stands in front of the department’s building on Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2023, in Lake Stevens, Washington. Bredstrand believes his firing in July was an unwarranted act of revenge by the city. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Lake Stevens worker was fired after getting court order against boss

The city has reportedly spent nearly $60,000 on attorney and arbitration fees related to Mike Bredstrand, who wants his job back.

Most Read