State Rep. Lovick gets nod for state Senate

After Legislative District 44 Democrats nominated him, his House seat opened for party jockeying.

John Lovick

John Lovick

MILL CREEK — State Rep. John Lovick emerged Sunday as the nearly unanimous choice of local Democrats to fill the Senate seat vacated by Steve Hobbs after his appointment to statewide office.

At a special meeting, Lovick received 49 of 50 votes cast by precinct committee officers. They were responsible for nominating three potential successors to Hobbs, now Washington’s secretary of state. The other nominees are Laura Hathaway and Greg Pratt, who both said they support Lovick.

“I’ve enjoyed my nearly 15 years in the state House of Representatives,” Lovick said. “I know I can make a difference in the state Senate.”

He said his focus is on “good, safe” schools and roads, and “jobs, jobs, jobs” with benefits.

Meanwhile, there was more competition for who should get Lovick’s House seat in the 44th Legislative District which currently encompasses Mill Creek, Snohomish and Lake Stevens.

After a series of votes, those same Democrats nominated Joyce Copley, Brandy Donaghy and Sean Paddock to take the state Representative post next year.

In a form of ranked-choice voting, Paddock was the top nominee, Donaghy was the second, and Copley third.

Names of the nominees for the two seats will be sent to the Snohomish County Council, which will make the appointments. The council is expected to act next week.

Whoever is appointed will serve through the 2022 general election when both seats will be on the ballot.

Lovick, a retired Washington State Patrol trooper, began his political career on the Mill Creek City Council. He won a state House seat in 1998, and he was in his fifth term in 2007 when he ran for Snohomish County sheriff and won.

He was appointed Snohomish County executive in 2013 after the resignation of Aaron Reardon. In 2015, he ran for a full term and lost to another Democrat, Dave Somers.

Lovick wasn’t out of office long. When Hans Dunshee resigned his state House seat to replace Somers on the County Council, Lovick was picked for that vacancy in 2016 and voters have kept him in office. In his tenure, he’s served as speaker pro tem and deputy speaker pro tem, a role which involves overseeing floor sessions.

Lovick intends to run for a full four-year Senate term next year. As of Friday, he’d raised $15,089 for his campaign.

Paddock, who works for Dell Technologies, is a Mill Creek planning commissioner. He is making his first foray into elective politics in the area. He has already set up a campaign website for the 2022 election cycle.

“I’m humbled and honored and just look forward to the county council vote,” he said.

Donaghy, a Navy veteran, is chair of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee for the 44th District Democrats. In November, she ran for Snohomish County Council and lost to incumbent Republican Councilmember Sam Low.

Copley lost her bid for Lake Stevens City Council by 130 votes to incumbent Councilman Gary Petershagen. Copley retired from Boeing and, until recently, worked for the city of Shoreline. She’s a member of the Lake Stevens for BIPOC organization.

Anne Anderson, of Lake Stevens, also sought the appointment but didn’t get enough votes to make the three-person list. She unsuccessfully for state representative in 2020. She is a consultant for nonprofits and a registered lobbyist with Toyer Strategic Advisors. She is a former executive director of Victim Support Services and the Lake Stevens Community Food Bank.

Under the proposed legislative districts map required by the most recent Census, Lake Stevens could be in another district.

Jerry Cornfield:; 360-352-8623; Twitter: @dospueblos.

Talk to us

More in Local News

FILE - A Boeing 747-8, Boeing's new passenger plane, takes its first flight, Sunday, March 20, 2011, at Paine Field in Everett, Wash. After more than half a century, Boeing is rolling its last 747 out of a Washington state factory on Tuesday night. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)
Boeing’s last 747 to roll off the Everett assembly line

The Queen of the Skies was dethroned by smaller, more fuel-efficient jets. The last 747s were built for a cargo carrier.

PUD workers install new transformers along 132nd Street on Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2022 in Mill Creek, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Electric vehicles spur big forecast jump for PUD demand

Not long ago, the Snohomish County PUD projected 50,000 electric cars registered in the county by 2040. Now it expects up to 660,000.

Traffic moves northbound on I-5 through Everett on Friday, Dec. 2, 2022. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Grinding work still needed for I-5 through Everett

Construction crews need warmer temps for the work to remove what a reader described as “mini raised speed bumps.”

After a day of learning to fight fires, Snohomish firefighter recruit Chau Nguyen flakes a hose as other recruits load the hoses onto a fire truck April 19, 2018, at the training facility on S. Machias Rd. in Snohomish. (Andy Bronson / Herald file)
Lawsuit: Everett firefighter sexually harassed numerous recruits

Chau Nguyen resigned earlier this year, long after the first complaint about his behavior at the county’s fire training academy.

Pilchuck Secret Valley Tree Farm owner Paul Dierck walks through a row of trees on Monday, Dec. 5, 2022 in Arlington, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Christmas trees, a Washington cash crop, get a little more spendy

Christmas tree farms generate about $688,000 each season for Snohomish County farmers. Some are still open for business.

Marysville to pay $1M to another former student for alleged sex abuse

The latest settlement marks the earliest known allegations against Kurt Hollstein, who worked in the district until last year.

Mike Rosen
Businessman Mike Rosen announces campaign for mayor of Edmonds

Rosen, a city planning board member, is backed by five former Edmonds mayors. It’s unclear if incumbent Mike Nelson will run again.

The Everett Police Department was investigating a woman's death Sunday morning after a driver hit and killed her on Broadway in north Everett. (Everett Police Department)
Woman killed by suspected impaired driver in Everett

A driver reportedly hit the person, which prompted the closure of Broadway between 17th and 19th streets Sunday morning.

Ty Juvinel stands beside the towering welcome figure that he created for the Edmonds Waterfront Center on Friday, Nov. 25, 2022, in Edmonds, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
‘Our heritage is a gift’: 500-year-old log is carved into Tulalip welcome

The wooden figure represents matriarchs who “can see the potential you have that you don’t know yet,” explained artist Ty Juvinel.

Most Read