Political campaign signs posted for Adam Fortney, Susanna Johnson and others in Snohomish, Washington on Monday, July 3, 2023. (Annie Barker / The Herald)

Political campaign signs posted for Adam Fortney, Susanna Johnson and others in Snohomish, Washington on Monday, July 3, 2023. (Annie Barker / The Herald)

Who has donated to the Snohomish County sheriff candidates?

A Daily Herald review showed who has given campaign cash in the race between Adam Fortney and Susanna Johnson.

EVERETT — High-profile endorsements and hundreds of thousands of dollars have poured into the Snohomish County sheriff race between incumbent Adam Fortney and challenger Susanna Johnson.

As of Friday, Johnson had raised $208,000. Fortney is not far behind at $191,000.

It’s by far the most expensive sheriff’s race in Snohomish County history.

Fortney is endorsed by Marysville Mayor Jon Nehring, as well as the two Republican members of the Snohomish County Council — Nate Nehring and Sam Low.

“Sheriff Fortney has been a truly outstanding leader in prioritizing the safety of our communities during a time of increasing difficulties for Law Enforcement,” Jon Nehring said in his endorsement. “Through his proactive partnerships with local jurisdictions, we have been able to combine resources and expertise to be more effective in our public safety priorities.”

He’s also endorsed by the Snohomish County Deputy Sheriff’s Association, as well as most of the police officer unions across the county.

Johnson has received endorsements from U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene and Washington Secretary of State Steve Hobbs. She also got endorsements from County Council members Strom Peterson, Jared Mead and Megan Dunn, all Democrats.

She’s endorsed by the mayors of Edmonds, Lynnwood, Mountlake Terrace, Mill Creek and Bothell, as well as all five living former sheriffs.

Recently, former Snohomish County Corrections Bureau Chief Jamie Kane — once a self-described “staunch” Fortney supporter — switched his support to Johnson. Kane donated to Johnson’s campaign.

“I’ve worked with Susanna for many years and have personally observed her act with nothing but the upmost integrity, dignity, commitment, and pride, in respect to the Sheriff’s Office and community at large,” Kane wrote in a letter. “As the incumbent has said publicly, Susanna has one of those ‘fancy resumes,’ which he condescendingly has poked fun at her publicly for being well qualified.”

Many of Fortney’s top campaign contributions come from rural Snohomish County. Johnson’s biggest contributor is the Washington State Democratic Central Committee.

A Daily Herald review of campaign finance records showed at least eight deputies and sergeants in the sheriff’s office donated to Fortney. Other notable donations to his campaign came from his own office included three out of four bureau chiefs, one lieutenant and Undersheriff Ian Huri.

It did not appear that any of the current brass in the sheriff’s office donated to Johnson.

Johnson’s notable donors include:

• Former Sheriff Ty Trenary

• State senator and former Snohomish County Sheriff John Lovick

• State Rep. April Berg

• Snohomish County Labor Council

• Alliance for Gun Responsibility

• The Tulalip Tribes

Fortney’s notable donors include:

• State Rep. Carolyn Eslick

• State representative and Snohomish County Council member Sam Low

• Snohomish County Council member Nate Nehring

• Marysville Mayor Jon Nehring

• Snohomish County Council candidate Georgia Fisher

Jordan Hansen: 425-339-3046; jordan.hansen@heraldnet.com; Twitter: @jordyhansen.

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