Why is Kartak running against Lovick?

John Kartak has hastily announced he is running for representative of Washington’s 44th Legislative District against incumbent Rep. John Lovick.

John Lovick was a state trooper for 31 years, served in the Coast Guard for 13 years, was elected to the Washington House of Representatives in 1998, serving nine years, elected sheriff of Snohomish County in 2007, and again elected representative of the 44th District in 2018.

Kartak has been Mayor of Snohomish for 2 1/2 years. His most recent controversy involving Black Lives Matter demonstrators marching in Snohomish and being harassed by far-right groups and so-called militias, has made national news. The juxtaposition of Black Lives Matter, Snohomish, and Kartak’s hasty decision to run in the 44th District primary is obviously more than coincidental.

John Kartak sees an opening, conjuring up the possibility that voters will associate Black Lives Matter headlines with a black vs. white election. It won’t work. Voters will see it for what it is, a feeble attempt at race baiting.

John Reed


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