Lovick the leader is in right job

John Lovick and Dave Somers are both great guys. Two devoted public servants. Unfortunately, a disconnect has occurred between them that has developed into a senseless dispute. Word on some streets is that John is not an “administrator.” This is hardly true. And in fact, he has extensive administrative/leadership experience. John was elected to the Mill Creek City Council and served for five years. He was then elected to the Legislature where he served for nine years. In addition to representing his district, he was elected by the Legislature to serve as Speaker Pro Tem, the person who leads the House on the floor, managing all manner of behavior and keeping the process moving forward. At the same time he was a career Washington State Patrol trooper which requires daily attention to others, self-restraint and strong social skills. After serving in the house he ran and was elected as our Snohomish County Sheriff, twice. After years of dishonesty and Machiavellian games, he was called upon to bring transparency, trust and integrity back to the executive’s office and was then elected to this position. This is administrative ability. He has been chosen by others to lead many times.

Dave is a policy wonk. A good one. He has devoted himself to environmental and growth management issues. He is a scientist, a biologist. Dave is trustworthy and has integrity, but hardly executive or administrative experience.

Both of these really good men have been influenced by “seconds” — new partners, allies, that at times have not guided them well, have clashed with others, and apparently still have too much influence over them undermining their natural abilities. Both John and Dave have experienced bumps and bruises in the challenges they have faced during their years in office. They have previously been supporters of each other. Taken alone, on their merits, both have a great deal to offer. They are in the positions now that suit them best.

Join us in voting to retain John Lovick as county executive.

Christine Wakefield Nichols

Todd Nichols

Snohomish

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