Editorial: A recap of The Herald’s primary recommendations

The editorial board’s recommendations for primary races, including the Snohomish County Council.

By The Herald Editorial Board

A few of you have yet to mail in or drop off your ballots for the Aug. 6 primary.

OK. A lot of you.

As of Friday, the Snohomish County Elections Office reported that less than 12 percent of ballots had been returned.

Below you’ll find a recap of recommendations for select primary races by The Herald Editorial Board that were published earlier this month. Check HeraldNet.com/tag/editorials for complete endorsements.

Tuesday’s primary will determine the top two candidates who will move on to the general election on Nov. 5.

For more election information and information on how to register or update your registration up to Aug. 6 and receive a ballot, go to tinyurl.com/SnoCoElect. And check HeraldNet.com on Tuesday and The Herald on Wednesday for election news and tallies.

Snohomish County Council

District 2: Cecilia Wilson, Democrat: “Wilson offers some 25 years of experience that is directly related to the council and service to the county and its residents. … Any of the eight candidates would be an asset on the county council, but Wilson, with more than two decades of service to the county already and broad and detailed background on the range of issues, has prepared herself to be a leader on the council.”

District 3: Stephanie Wright, Democrat: “Regarding budget issues, Wright has joined the rest of the council in seeking constraints on spending, sometimes to the objection of other county officials and fellow Democrats. Wright, currently the only woman on the council, has represented her district — and the county as a whole — well and has earned another four-year term.”

City of Edmonds

Mayor: Neil Tibbott: “Tibbott’s experience with and outside the city provides him a range of tools that would serve the mayor’s office well, including an ability to connect with residents, local officials and lawmakers and generate consensus. Among a slate of qualified candidates, Tibbott offers the best mix of skills closest to those employed by the current mayor: a civic promoter, a responsive communicator and a leader who can represent the city and the region.”

Edmonds School Board

District 3: Rory Graves: (Incumbent Gary) Noble’s history, background and institutional knowledge commend him and are deserving of appreciation, but a fresher perspective and a greater willingness to challenge both lawmakers and district officials seems necessary. Either (Jennifer) Cail or Graves would be a good choice in that regard, but Graves impresses with a deep understanding of legislative and instructional issues.”

Everett School Board

Position 1: Jamyang Dorjee Nhangkar: “Nhangkar, coming up on a year of service on the board, has shown himself as engaged and informed during board discussions and votes … . Nhangkar was the choice of the board when he was selected over four other finalists … . Voters can have confidence in affirming his selection.”

Position 2: April Berg: “Her past experience on the Edmonds School Board, while relatively brief, would still offer some skill in communicating with state lawmakers and working with local governments on increasing the revenue from developer impact fees that could help support school improvements. Voters have three good choices for the post, but Berg offers the broadest range of skills and experience and will provide depth to a strong school board.”

Port of Everett Board of Commissioners

District 1: Bruce Fingarson: “Fingarson, a retired Boeing supply chain manager with more than 35 years experience in foreign and domestic trade relations, has served for 18 months and now faces election to complete the two years remaining in the current six-year term. While emphasizing the port’s export-and-import cargo-handling facilities, Fingarson said he seeks a balanced port that has overseen improvements for its marine terminal and wharf, marine trades, and the development of recreation, marina, retail, tourism and housing. As well, he takes the port’s environmental stewardship seriously, citing the port as best able to oversee the cleanup of toxic debris from the Kimberly-Clark site. Fingarson, having joined two veteran commission members, provides his related experience but also the perspective of a relative newcomer.”

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