Election 2022

A large puddle of water forms on the floor of the Lakewood field locker rooms on Tuesday, April 12, 2022 in Arlington, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Schools eye fixes to leaky roofs, aging boilers, old tech

The Lakewood and Stanwood-Camano districts are seeking voter approval for capital projects and technology needs.

A large puddle of water forms on the floor of the Lakewood field locker rooms on Tuesday, April 12, 2022 in Arlington, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Sultan School District Superintendent Dan Chapik, right, and lead mechanic Dan Erdman look up at a large missing piece of wall that was taken out to fit the busses inside as they got taller on Wednesday in Sultan. Voter approval of a capital levy would fund a new transportation facility and give the district access to nearly $4 million in state funding. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Sultan, Granite Falls face cuts if school levies fail again

After-school activities and dozens of jobs could be on the chopping block. Voters will decide April 26.

Sultan School District Superintendent Dan Chapik, right, and lead mechanic Dan Erdman look up at a large missing piece of wall that was taken out to fit the busses inside as they got taller on Wednesday in Sultan. Voter approval of a capital levy would fund a new transportation facility and give the district access to nearly $4 million in state funding. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
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Voters to act on school funding measures, fire district annexation

Granite Falls, Marysville, Stanwood and Sultan all suffered levy defeats in February. They’ll try again April 26.

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Snohomish County Jail. (Sue Misao / Herald file)

Locked up, but not locked out of the ballot box

Thousands of eligible voters are in jails. Washington counties are looking at ways to get more of them to vote.

Snohomish County Jail. (Sue Misao / Herald file)
Emily Wicks

Political shakeup underway as another Everett lawmaker makes exit

With Reps. Emily Wicks and Mike Sells leaving at end of the year, GOP looks to make gains in Democrat stronghold

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Granite Falls High School (Granite Falls School District)

4 districts hope to change voters’ minds on school funding

Granite Falls, Marysville, Stanwood and Sultan all suffered levy defeats in this month’s special election. They’ll try again in April.

Granite Falls High School (Granite Falls School District)
FILE - A person walks near the Legislative Building, Wednesday, April 21, 2021, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. Washington's redistricting commission failed to meet its deadline and on Tuesday, Nov. 16, kicked the job of creating new political maps to the state Supreme Court. The bipartisan commission had a deadline of 11:59 p.m. Monday to approve new boundaries for congressional and legislative districts following the 2020 census. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

Reform, penalties settle lawsuits over state redistricting

The Redistricting Commission’s secret negotiations over maps violated the open meeting law, according to a consent decree.

FILE - A person walks near the Legislative Building, Wednesday, April 21, 2021, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. Washington's redistricting commission failed to meet its deadline and on Tuesday, Nov. 16, kicked the job of creating new political maps to the state Supreme Court. The bipartisan commission had a deadline of 11:59 p.m. Monday to approve new boundaries for congressional and legislative districts following the 2020 census. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)
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School funding measures now passing in Snohomish, Northshore

After Wednesday’s election update, a capital projects levy was still failing in the Stanwood-Camano School District, but support had grown.

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Approved Congressional (left) and Legislative (right) District maps. (Washington State Redistricting Commission)

New political mapping concludes with revisions by lawmakers

Barring a successful legal challenge, the legislative and congressional boundaries will be in place for this year’s elections and beyond.

Approved Congressional (left) and Legislative (right) District maps. (Washington State Redistricting Commission)
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Oak Harbor votes down school bond measure

The early count shows Coupeville and South Whidbey levies are passing.

(Karina Andrew / Whidbey News-Times)
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School funding measures failing in 7 county districts

A dozen districts sought passage of four-year property tax levies that pay for staff and programs not covered by the state.

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Voters on Feb. 8 will decide the fate of levies in 13 school districts. (The Herald)

Time running out to turn in ballots for Tuesday special election

Thirteen local school districts are proposing levies to pay for education programs and capital improvements.

Voters on Feb. 8 will decide the fate of levies in 13 school districts. (The Herald)
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee is shown on a video monitor outside the Senate chamber as he testifies remotely at a committee hearing on a bill that would make it a gross misdemeanor for elected officials or candidates to knowingly lie about election outcomes if those claims result in violence, Friday, Jan. 28, 2022, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Inslee testifies in favor of bill targeting election lies

It would be a crime for elected officials or candidates to lie about election outcomes if those claims result in violence.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee is shown on a video monitor outside the Senate chamber as he testifies remotely at a committee hearing on a bill that would make it a gross misdemeanor for elected officials or candidates to knowingly lie about election outcomes if those claims result in violence, Friday, Jan. 28, 2022, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
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Ballots sent for special election on public schools’ funding

Levies to pay for staff, programs, computers and capital projects are on the Feb. 8 ballot across Snohomish County.

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GOP duel: County Councilman Sam Low to challenge Rep. Robert Sutherland

Low won re-election in November. He’ll take on Sutherland, a two-term incumbent, in a revamped 39th District

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Top: Washington State Redistricting Commissioners (from left) April Sims, Brady Pinero Walkinshaw, Joe Fain, Paul Graves and Sarah Augustine. Center: Congressional map (left) and Legislative map. Bottom: Washington State Supreme Court Justices (from left) Gonzalez, Gordon McCloud, Johnson, Whitener, Madsen, Montoya Lewis, Owns, Stephens and Yu.

Supreme Court won’t take up lawsuits challenging redistricting

Plaintiffs argued the political maps should be tossed because the people who drew them up met in secret.

Top: Washington State Redistricting Commissioners (from left) April Sims, Brady Pinero Walkinshaw, Joe Fain, Paul Graves and Sarah Augustine. Center: Congressional map (left) and Legislative map. Bottom: Washington State Supreme Court Justices (from left) Gonzalez, Gordon McCloud, Johnson, Whitener, Madsen, Montoya Lewis, Owns, Stephens and Yu.
House Speaker Pro-tem Rep. John Lovick, D-Mill Creek, presides over the Washington House, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. Lawmakers were busy throughout the day as Wednesday was the floor cutoff deadline for the 2020 legislative session. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Lovick tapped for Senate, Donaghy to replace him in House

The choice of John Lovick was no surprise, but the County Council’s appointment of Brandy Donaghy was not unanimous.

House Speaker Pro-tem Rep. John Lovick, D-Mill Creek, presides over the Washington House, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. Lawmakers were busy throughout the day as Wednesday was the floor cutoff deadline for the 2020 legislative session. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
John Lovick

State Rep. Lovick gets nod for state Senate

After Legislative District 44 Democrats nominated him, his House seat opened for party jockeying.

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Approved Legislative District Map (Washington State Redistricting Commission)

State Supreme Court declines to draw new redistricting plan

Many Snohomish County voters are now a big step closer to having new representation in the state Legislature.

Approved Legislative District Map (Washington State Redistricting Commission)
Keith Wagoner

Senator becomes first GOP candidate for secretary of state

Sen. Keith Wagoner will challenge Democrat Steve Hobbs, who was appointed to the statewide post in November

Keith Wagoner