Races set for county’s primary election

  • Herald staff
  • Friday, June 10, 2011 5:32pm
  • Local News

The deadline ended Friday night for people to run for 180 elected positions in races in cities all across Snohomish County. Partisan positions and non-partisan races with more than two candidates will appear on the Aug. 16th primary. All the races will be voted on in the November general election.
For a list of candidates, go to http://tinyurl.com/SnohomishCandidates.

Here are the city races:


A whopping six people have jumped into the race for Arlington mayor following Margaret Larson’s announcement that she would not run again.

The candidates are Councilman Steve Baker; Arlington Fly-In director and airport commissioner Barb Tolbert; Craig Christianson, son of former mayor Howard Christianson; Debora Nelson, president of the Downtown Arlington Business Association; Kari Ilonummi, a former City Council candidate; and parks, arts and recreation Commissioner Carsten Mullen.

Longtime Councilwoman Sally Lien is being challenged by Randy Tendering. Incumbent council members Marilyn Oertle and Dick Butner are running unchallenged. At-large Councilwoman Linda Byrnes isn’t running for re-election, and the candidates for her seat are former city planner Ken Klein and former Fire Chief Jim Rankin.


In the city of Bothell, Mayor Mark Lamb is being challenged for his City Council seat by Tris Samberg, who currently holds another council position. In Bothell, the mayor is elected from among the City Council members by other council members.

Jennifer Armenta, Andy Rheaume and Adam Brauch filed for the seat to be vacated by Samberg. Nicholas Carlson filed against incumbent Bill Evans.


Councilwoman Catie Corpron-Smith did not file for re-election. Councilman Dennis Nick filed for her position, along with challenger Eric Teegarden. John M. Joplin is running unopposed for the two-year, at-large seat to be vacated by Nick. Incumbents Kerin Steele and Dale Kaemingk are running unopposed to keep their seats.


Darrington Mayor Joyce Jones is being challenged by Councilman Dan Rankin, whose seat on the town council was filed for by Katherine Green. Judy White O’Connor filed for the position held by Frankie Nations Bryson, who isn’t running again. Also not running for re-election is Kerry Frable, whose seat has a race between Linda Smith, Mary Requa and David Singer.


Edmonds Mayor Mike Cooper, a former state legislator and Snohomish County councilman, is being challenged by two familiar faces on the Edmonds political scene.

Dave Earling served on the Edmonds City Council from 1992 through 2003 and ran unsuccessfully for Snohomish County executive. The other challenger, Roger Hertrich, is a former city councilman and longtime city watchdog.

City Councilman Steve Bernheim did not file for re-election. Frank Yamamoto and Alvin Rutledge will run for his position. City Councilwoman Diane Buckshnis is being challenged by Tad W. Helke and Bob Wilcox. Councilman D.J. Wilson faces Joan Bloom, and Councilwoman Lora Petso will face Darlene Stern.


Four Everett City Council incumbents have competition for their jobs this year. In Everett, all council positions are city-wide.

Council president Shannon Affholter initially said he wouldn’t run for re-election in Position 7, then changed his mind. He works at Moss Adams, an Everett accounting and consulting company. Community activist Jackie Minchew is challenging him.

June Robinson, head of a local affordable housing coalition, filed to run for position 4 against Ron Gipson, the longest-serving member of the council.

Incumbent Drew Nielsen, a local attorney in the council’s Position 5, will face Erv Hoglund, a retired commercial airline pilot long active in local Republican politics.

Councilwoman Brenda Stonecipher, a controller for a Seattle private school, holds Position 6. She will face Scott Bader, a long-time member of the city’s transportation advisory committee. He works in Seattle in fundraising and development for the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Seattle.

Gold Bar

In Gold Bar, there are three open City Council positions but only Florence Martin is running for reelection. She will face Joan Amenn. Two incumbents, Jay Prueher and Kelly Broyles, did not refile. Robert Strom and Kenneth Ware filed to take over their respective seats.

Granite Falls

In Granite Falls, there are two open City Council seats. City Councilman Matt Hartman has filed to maintain his position No. 5 seat. Wesley Roeder, who was appointed to the council in October, filed to retain his position No. 4 seat and will be challenged by Tess Greene and Thomas Gallagher.


Incumbent Sean Horst and newcomer Edward Boress are running unopposed for the two open City Council seats in Index. Bob Hubbard is also running without a rival for position No. 2.

Lake Stevens

In Lake Stevens, Mayor Vern Little is seeking re-election against challenger Arnold Clark. Little was appointed mayor of the city in 2006 and won the 2007 election.

There are three open positions on the Lake Stevens City Council. Councilman Mark Somers did not file while Tony Morea and Todd Welch each filed for the position No. 4 seat. City Councilwoman Suzanne Quigley is running to keep her seat along with challenger Craig Suhadolnik. Councilman John Spencer is running unopposed for the seat he currently holds.


In Lynnwood, each of four veteran incumbent councilmen will be given a race. Longtime Councilman Jim Smith faces Van AuBuchon; Councilman Ted Hikel is being challenged by Sid Roberts; Councilman Ed Dos Remedios is challenged by Benjamin Goodwin, and Councilman Loren Simmonds faces John Conley and Michael Moore.


Marysville Mayor Jon Nehring is running to retain his position. Nehring was appointed to fulfill the remainder of the mayoral term in August after former mayor Dennis Kendall retired. Kelly Wright, who served on the city’s salary commission from 2003 to 2009, is also running for mayor.

Four positions are open on the Marysville City Council. Incumbent City Councilwoman Carmen Rasmussen is running unopposed for position No. 7. Councilman Michael Stevens, who was appointed to position No. 4 in September, is running unopposed to fulfill the remaining two years of an unexpired term.

Councilman John Soriano has decided not to run for re-election to his seat, leaving Scott Allen and Rob Toyer as the candidates who filed for position No. 5. Councilman Lee Phillips did not file to retain his seat. Roger Hoen and Stephen Muller filed for the position No. 6.


In Monroe, there are four open council positions and only Councilwoman Bridgette Tuttle has chosen to run. Councilman Tony Balk and John Stima did not re-file. Tuttle, however, is running for the position left vacant by Margie Rodriguez. She is running against Jason Gamble and Joey Santone. Jim Kamp is running against Mitch Ruth, who has served on the council in the past.

Todd Fredrickson, Ed Davis and Ivan Nelson are running for position No. 5. Kevin Hanford is running against Joel Phillips for the two-year council-at-large position.

Mountlake Terrace

In Mountlake Terrace, three veteran City Council members will face opposition. Councilwoman Laura Sonmore is challenged by Christina O’Brien. Councilwoman Michelle Robles is opposed by Robert Reedy, and incumbent John Zambrano faces challenges from Kim Michel and Seaun Richards.


In Mukilteo, three incumbents will face opposition, while Councilman Tony Tinsley did not file for re-election after two terms in office.

For Tinsley’s seat, Ted Wheeler will take on Steve Schmalz. Councilwoman Emily Vanderwielen is being challenged by Terry Preshaw, Councilwoman Linda Grafer will face Scott Casselman, and Councilwoman Jennifer Gregerson will take on Carolyn Dode Carlson.


In Snohomish, Councilmembers Derrick Burke, Lynn Schilaty and Karen Guzak have filed for re-election and are running unopposed. Paul Kaftanski, the Parks and Recreation director for the City of Everett, is running for a City Council position unopposed as well. This position is being left vacant after Councilwoman Melody Clemans decided against running again.


In Stanwood, Elizabeth Callaghan and Larry Sather have filed for the council’s position No. 1. Incumbent Councilman Andy Chappel has a challenge from Rick Randall in position No. 3. Arne Wennerberg is challenged in his run for re-election to position No. 4 by Matt McCune. Councilman William Carlton will be opposed by Jean Friebel for position No. 5. Councilman Timothy Loney did not file for re-election. The candidates in that position No. 6 race are Steve Venema, Geoff Hawes and Roger Haskin, who currently serves in position No. 1.


Carolyn Eslick won’t have a challenger for her spot as Sultan’s mayor. Councilman Joe Neigel is running for re-election against Bart Dalmasso. Incumbent Jeffrey Beeler is running against Dave Kinney. Councilwoman Sarah Davenport-Smith is running unopposed for seat No. 4. Marianne Naslund is running against Kay George for the council position No. 3.


In the town of Woodway, Councilmembers Elizabeth Mitchell and Mike Quinn were the lone filers for their positions.

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