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Brandy Donaghy: A U.S. Navy veteran hoping to break barriers in County Government

By Mario Lotmore  |  Lynnwood Times Staff

Snohomish County, Wash., February 16, 2021 – Brandy Donaghy kicked off her run for Snohomish County Council Position 5 last Saturday with a zoom Meet & Greet fundraising event.  The event brought out scores of supporters including current County Councilmembers Megan Dunn and Jared Mead.

“Brandy is someone who is guided by strong Democratic values of course,” said Mead. “But she is also someone who is very openminded. She is intellectually curious and seeks out multiple sides to issues before she makes a decision.”

“Brandy will be the first woman elected to this county council position, this specific position,” Mead continued. “She will also have the chance to make our County Council majority female for the first time in our County’s history which is an exciting prospect and an exciting idea.

“She also is potentially going to be the first African American ever elected to the County Council in Snohomish. Which is another barrier she will be breaking.”

Donaghy moved to Snohomish County in 2011 with her family. Besides being an active church volunteer, she is a community educator, organizer, and has served on several boards and committees. 

She has a Bachelor of Arts in Business with a concentration in Management Information Systems from the University of Washington – Bothell. Donaghy is a U.S. Navy veteran with an appreciation for the arts, enjoys cooking, and an avid reader.

“I was raised with the understanding that it’s both an honor and responsibility to serve my community, and I know that I can make a positive difference on the Snohomish County Council,” Donaghy told the Lynnwood Times. “I’m so proud of those around me who have stepped forward to serve in their own ways, from the federal legislature to local small church volunteers. I’m inspired by everyone who decides to serve their community.”

Donaghy told attendees she is running to “create resilient strong communities.”

“As time goes on, we are going to see an increase in homelessness because we are going to see an end to the eviction moratorium. We already have housing issues with lack of affordable housing in the County.  It is only going to get worse. We need to start building our response to that now in ways that are sustainable and will save us money going forward in the future.”

Donaghy shared that she will bring an approach that is “more proactive” than the current representative for the district.

“Being reactive doesn’t help overall; it is a band aid,” said Donaghy. “ It is not a long-term solution. We need to shift to be more proactive and that means building in more community resiliency.”

Donaghy is endorsed by:  Jared Mead (D), Snohomish County Council Position 4,  Megan Dunn (D), Snohomish County Council Position 2, Representative April Berg (LD44 D), Representative John Lovick (LD44 D), Representative Cindy Ryu (LD32 D), Everett City Councilwoman Liz Vogeli, Mill Creek Councilwoman Stephanie Vignal, Deborah Kilgore, Edmonds School District President, , Mary Dickinson, Karen Guzak, and David Simpson.

“When it comes down to it though, I’m truly thankful for everyone who has placed their faith in me, and as the campaign moves forward, I look forward to engaging and earning the support of additional community groups and leaders and sharing their values in our campaign,” Donaghy shared with the Lynnwood Times.

To learn more about candidate Brandy Donaghy or to donate to her campaign, visit  Donaghy will be celebrating her birthday on Thursday with a Snohomish County trivia night. To attend, register at:

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