EVERETT — The Snohomish County Council named Stephanie Wright as its newest member Aug. 24.
The District 3 position on the County Council includes Lynnwood, Edmonds, Woodway and surrounding areas. The job pays $102,779.05 per year.
Former County Councilman Mike Cooper, a Democrat, left the seat on July 23 to become Edmonds mayor.
The four council members were unanimous in the decision following an interview of three nominees selected by the Snohomish County Democratic Party to serve out Cooper’s term. The term goes into 2011.
The other nominees were Edmonds City Councilman D.J. Wilson and Lynnwood community advocate Maria Ambalada.
Wright, 35, was seated on the Lynnwood City Council in 2008, winning the Pos. 5 seat election with a 65-to-35 percent margin ahead of challenger Robin Dode.
Wright filled the position held by Ed dos Remedios, who was appointed to fill the vacant position that was created when Don Gough was elected mayor. Dos Remedios did not wish to seek election.
During the campaign, Wright said she would pursue expanding fire and police services, move forward with annexations and develop Lynnwood’s city center. She also wanted to invest in parks and other community facilities.
She serves as the council’s vice president and holds seats on the Lynnwood council’s Finance and Insurance Committee, and as a council liaison to the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts. Wright is also vice president of the Transportation Benefit District.
Wright’s successful campaign was her second try for a council seat. Her 2001 race for Ned Daniels’ seat was lost by 55 votes to Marty Nelson.
She lives in Lynnwood with her husband Richard and son Quincy. Wright is a 14-year resident of Lynnwood and a life-long resident of Snohomish County.
Wright is employed with the Northshore School District as a Teacher-Librarian. She earned a bachelor’s degree in history and political science from Washington State University, a Master of Arts in Teaching from Seattle Pacific University and her Library Media Specialist Certificate from the University of Washington.
Enterprise reporter Mina Williams contributed to this report.