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No political candidates filed for a half-dozen positions in Snohomish County. Others have withdrawn.
Candidates got in, got out, switched places and faced off for the coming election.
“Now is the time for us to be able to take control back of our town,” Councilman Scott Whelpley said.
Lots of hopefuls jumped in, especially when the current office holder was on the way out.
And controversial aerospace exec Peter Zieve is eyeing a different Mukilteo council seat.
Candidates are lining up for 188 local races. Watch for turnover among mayors and county officials.
The field of candidates, so far, pits a police officer against a firefighter for the city’s top job.
Mukilteo Councilwoman Anna Rohrbough hopes to compete on heavily Democratic turf.
So far, seven candidates have declared, and there could be more before the filing week in May.
The mayor won’t seek re-election this fall, when four of seven city council seats are on the ballot.
Spencer is endorsing City Councilman Kurt Hilt in this year’s mayoral election.
“The time is right for me to move on to other things in my life,” he said. He has led the city since 2011.
Dave Somers, a Democrat and former county councilman, was first elected to the job in 2015.
Linda Hjelle is one of several candidates to make early plans for countywide contests this year.
The current mayor, Dave Earling, isn’t ready to discuss his plans.
Rob Toyer runs a wealth management company and served in the Marine Corps Reserves.
Garth Fell says colleagues will determine when he should recuse himself during the 2019 election.