Now’s your chance: Empty political offices await

No political candidates filed for a half-dozen positions in Snohomish County. Others have withdrawn.

EVERETT — Some rose to the challenge — then had second thoughts.

Others never showed up in the first place.

Since filing week for political candidates ended earlier this month, several candidates have withdrawn from a few of the 188 offices up for grabs.

In a handful of cases, no one bothered to run. Many of those were in east Snohomish County, for posts that often attract little interest.

No one filed for Gold Bar City Council position No. 4. Same goes for two on the East County Park & Recreation Commission, position Nos. 4 and 5.

The call for two Fire District 16 commissioners, position Nos. 1 and 2, also went unanswered. That district serves the Lake Roesiger area.

Another blank slate is Snohomish County Fire District 23 Position 1, serving the Robe Valley area along the Mountain Loop Highway.

A special three-day filing period is planned Aug. 12-14 for anyone eligible to run for those openings.

“There may be other offices added if additional voids in candidacy are triggered before Aug. 6,” the date of the primary election, county elections manager Garth Fell said.

For more information about the open positions, visit the county elections website at

Several candidates have withdrawn from city council, school board and fire commissioner races around the county:

South Snohomish County Fire & Rescue

Benjamin Goodwin, a Lynnwood city councilman currently appointed to serve on the South County Fire board, withdrew from the race for commissioner District No. 1. Goodwin did not file for re-election to his position on the Lynnwood City Council.

City of Mukilteo

Ayesha Khan withdrew from council Position 5.

Amy Schaper withdrew from council Position 6.

Even after the withdrawals, both races were left with three candidates.

Monroe School Board

Krysta Noga-Styron withdrew from Director District 1, leaving the other candidate, Shawn Anderson, unchallenged.

Stanwood-Camano School Board

Keri Maxwell withdrew from Director District 2. Two other contenders remained in that race.

Robert Shelley withdrew from Director District 3, leaving the other candidate, Miranda Evans, without an opponent.

Noah Haglund: 425-339-3465; Twitter: @NWhaglund.

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