South County Politics

2017 ballots cover Snohomish County city posts, school district

By Evan Smith Ballots for 2017 will include city positions in Edmonds,…


Snohomish County legislators push response to immigration order

By Evan Smith State Reps. Lillian Ortiz-Self and Derek Stanford and State…


Ortiz-Self, Peterson discuss travel ban Saturday in Edmonds

By Evan Smith Herald writer State Reps. Lillian Ortiz-Self and Strom Peterson…


Seattle, Maltby legislators sponsor firearm-storage bills

By Evan Smith State Rep. Ruth Kagi and State Sen. Guy Palumbo are sponsoring bills in the legislature to require firearms storage. The bills would… Continue reading

Voter fraud is not an issue in Snohomish County

By Evan Smith President Donald Trump may say that there’s voter fraud across the country, but there is no evidence of voter fraud in Snohomish… Continue reading

Rep. Larsen to meet Thursday with veterans groups in Lynnwood

By Evan Smith U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen is scheduled to meet with two groups of veterans Thursday, Jan. 26 in Lynnwood. Larsen will tour the… Continue reading

New 1st District legislators say committee roles aid home areas

By Evan Smith Two new 1st District state legislators say that their committee assignments give them ways to help the district. Democratic 1st District Rep.… Continue reading

Ortiz-Self is vice chairwoman of House Democratic Caucus

By Evan Smith State Rep. Lillian Ortiz-Self from the 21st Legislative District has become vice chairwoman of the House Democratic Caucus. The 21st District includes… Continue reading

State Rep. Peterson sponsors bill to ban assault weapons

By Evan Smith State Rep. Strom Peterson has introduced a bill that would ban the sale of certain assault weapons and high capacity magazines. Democrat… Continue reading

A look back at south Snohomish County politics in 2016

By Evan Smith Politics around south Snohomish County in 2016 was marked by continued Democratic domination of local legislative races, but there were other events… Continue reading

No February elections here in south Snohomish County

By Evan Smith Feb. 14 will be election day in many cities, counties, school districts and special-purpose districts around Washington, but not in Edmonds, Lynnwood,… Continue reading

2017 Legislature committees include new leadership changes

By Evan Smith Committee assignments for the 2017 Washington State Legislature that convenes Monday include new leadership posts for three local legislators. New 1st District… Continue reading

Edmonds School District gets human rights award

By Evan Smith The Edmonds School District’s diversity, equity and outreach department will be honored at the Snohomish County Human Rights Commission celebration of International… Continue reading

Edmonds officials try to sway state decision on marsh protection

By Evan Smith Edmonds officials are waiting for a decision from the state Department of Ecology about expanding the protected distance around the Edmonds marsh,… Continue reading

GOP opponent: Special-interest money won Senate seat for Dems

By Evan Smith The Republican state Senate candidate who lost in the 1st Legislative District says that she couldn’t match her Democratic opponent’s financial contributions… Continue reading

Losing 1st District candidate frustrated by GOP vote ceiling

By Evan Smith A Republican candidate who has lost a race to incumbent Democratic 1st Legislative District Rep. Derek Stanford says that the proportion of… Continue reading

Libertarians close to getting major-party status in state

By Evan Smith Libertarians are on track to become Washington’s third major political party, but just barely. The Libertarians could get major-party status if their… Continue reading

Thousands of new ballots counted each day in Snohomish County

By Evan Smith The number of counted Snohomish County ballots goes up by several thousand each day even though it’s been nearly two weeks since… Continue reading

Woodway leads south Snohomish County in voter turnout

By Evan Smith Woodway leads the south Snohomish County area in voter turnout for the Nov. 8 general election. Election returns posted through Saturday show… Continue reading

Tax measures pass in Lynnwood and Fire District 1, fail in Woodway

By Evan Smith Tax measures on the Nov. 8 general election ballot have passed in Lynnwood and Fire District 1, and failed in Woodway. Voters… Continue reading