2021 Election Season kicks off

SNOHOMISH COUNTY, Wash., May 22, 2021 – Friday was the filing deadline for citizens to participate in the political system here in Washington state kicking off the 2021 election season.

The last day for candidates to withdraw from the ballot is 5 p.m. May 24. For a full timeline of key dates, click here.

Only races with more than two candidates for a position will be on the ballot in the Primary Election held on August 3. The top two candidates from the Primary Election and those races with two candidates or less by May 24 will be on the ballot in the General Election scheduled for November 2.

A total 174 of 179 races in Snohomish County have candidates vying for office. No candidates have filed for Fire districts 10 and 27, Port of Edmonds districts 1 and 3, and East County Park and Recreation positions 1, 2 and 4.

Below are key races to watch in Snohomish County for the 2021 election season. An “I” after a candidate’s name in the tables below signifies an incumbent.

SNOHOMISH COUNTY COUNCIL

All of the incumbents are facing a challenger for the election. Councilman Nate Nehring leads with an incredible $118,658 raised for his campaign. He is followed by fellow Councilman Sam Low with $51,371. Low’s challenger, Brandy Donaghy, is next with $15,717 and Councilman Jared Mead follows with $5,716.

PRIMARY ELECTION CHALLENGERS
Council District 1 Nate Nehring (I)
Nicole Ng-A-Qui
Richard Yust
GENERAL ELECTION CHALLENGERS
Council District 4 Brenda Carrington
Jared M. Mead (I)
Council District 5 Brandy Donaghy
Sam Low (I)
UNOPPOSE CANDIDATES
None

CITY OF ARLINGTON

Councilwoman Jessica Stickles did not file for re-election leaving newcomer Heather Logan to run unopposed for that seat. Councilman Don Vanney is unopposed for Position 2. None of the candidates have submitted any financial information to the Washington state Public Disclosure Commission as of filing deadline.

PRIMARY ELECTION CHALLENGERS
None
GENERAL ELECTION CHALLENGERS
Council Position 3 Avery Hufford
Council Position 3 Debora Nelson (I)
UNOPPOSE CANDIDATES
Council Position 1 Heather Logan
Council Position 2 Don Vanney (I)
Council Position 7 Jan Schuette (I)

CITY OF BOTHELL

A total of $37,086 in contributions have been made to candidates in the Bothell City Council race. Councilmen Liam Olsen and Thomas Agnew are not seeking re-election. Rami Al-Kabra has raised an incredible $17,903 to kickoff his Position 7 race. Ben Mahnkey follows with $6,521, Jeanne Zornes with $4,292, Han Tran with $3,752 and Matt Kuehn with $3,280.

PRIMARY ELECTION CHALLENGERS
Council Position No. 5 Ben Mahnkey
Galen Altavas
Matt Kuehn
GENERAL ELECTION CHALLENGERS
Council Position 1 Han Tran
Jeanne Zornes (I)
Council Position 3 Jenne Alderks
Rosemary McAuliffe (I)
Council Position 7 Beca Nistrian
Rami Al-Kabra
UNOPPOSE CANDIDATES
None

CITY OF EDMONDS

To date a total of $70,592 in contributions have been made to candidates in the Edmonds City Council race. Will Chen has raised an incredible $23,295 to kickoff his Position 2 race outraising all of his fellow challengers. Neil Tibbott follows with $17,075, Alicia Crank with $13,231, Janelle Cass with $9,620 and Luke Distelhorst with $6,837.

All four incumbents are seeking re-election.

PRIMARY ELECTION CHALLENGERS
Council District 2 Janelle Cass
Lora Petso
Luke Distelhorst (I)
Will Chen
Council District 1 Alicia Crank
Brian Hartman
Kristiana Johnson (I)
GENERAL ELECTION CHALLENGERS
Council District 3 Adrienne Fraley Monillas (I)
Neil Tibbott
UNOPPOSE CANDIDATE(S)
Municipal Court Position 1 Whitney Rivera (I)

CITY OF EVERETT

An astonishing $146,301 in contributions have been made to candidates in the Everett race. Mayor Cassie Franklin leads the pack with an incredible $68,303 to kickoff her re-election outraising all of her fellow challengers. Don Schwab, Paula Rhyne, Paul Roberts, Mary Fosse, Liz Vogeli, and Tommie Rubatino have raised $25,044, $16,637, $11,455, $10,235, $3,570, and $2,690 respectively.

PRIMARY ELECTION CHALLENGERS
Mayor Cassie Franklin (I)
Ron Wittock
Steve Oss
Council District 5 Ben Zarlingo
Demi Chatters
Kelly M. Fox
Council District 3 Don Schwab
Jacob L. Vail
Lacey Sauvageau
GENERAL ELECTION CHALLENGERS
Council District 1 Mary Fosse
Paul Roberts (I)
Council District 2 Greg Lineberry
Paula Rhyne
Council District 4 Liz Vogeli (I)
Tommie Rubatino
UNOPPOSE CANDIDATE(S)
Municipal Court Position 1 Amy Kaestner (I)
Municipal Court Position 2 Laura Van Slyck (I)

CITY OF LAKE STEVENS

To date a total of $29,373 in contributions have been made to candidates in the Lake Stevens race. Gary Petershagen and Steve Ewing lead with $12,836 and $11,769 respectively in fundraising against their fellow challengers.

All four incumbents are seeking re-election.

PRIMARY ELECTION CHALLENGERS
None
GENERAL ELECTION CHALLENGERS
Council District 1 Kim Daughtry (I)
Michele Hampton
Council Position 2 Gary Petershagen (I)
Joyce Copley
Council Position 6 Jessica Wadhams
Steve Ewing (I)
Council Position 7 Joseph Jensen
Marcus A. Tageant (I)
UNOPPOSE CANDIDATE(S)
None

CITY OF LYNNWOOD

Candidates have raised $33,230 in contributions between the mayoral and city council races. Newcomer Josh Binda leads fundraising with $11,695 but also leads with the highest amount spent with $8,869. Christine Frizzell has raised $10,816 followed by Nick Coelho with $5,445 and George Hurst with $5,274. Jim Smith has no reported contribution by the end of filing week.

There are no incumbents seeking re-election in Lynnwood. Mayor Nicola Smith is not seeking re-election and councilmembers Frizzell, Hurst and Smith are vying to be Lynnwood’s next mayor. Councilwoman Ruth Ross is also not seeking re-election. However, former Lynnwood Councilwoman Shirley Sutton is hoping a return to elected office.

PRIMARY ELECTION CHALLENGERS
Mayor Christine Frizzell
George Hurst
Jim Smith
Council Position 1 Chris Eck
Nick Coelho
Shirley Sutton
Theodore Roosevelt (Ted) Hikel
Council Position 2 Don Gough
Naz Lashgari
Patrick Decker
Council Position 3 James Rutherford
Joshua Binda
Lisa Utter
GENERAL ELECTION CHALLENGERS
Top two winners of each primary race
UNOPPOSE CANDIDATE(S)
None

CITY OF MARYSVILLE

Only Mark James has posted financial information to the PDC. He has raised $2,025. All six incumbents are seeking re-election in Marysville.

PRIMARY ELECTION CHALLENGERS
Council Position 1 Cindy Gobel
Daniel Brady
Jeffrey D. Vaughan (I)
GENERAL ELECTION CHALLENGERS
Council Position 2 Ambyrlee Gattshall
Mark James (I)
Council Position 3 Kevin Gallagher
Tom King (I)
UNOPPOSE CANDIDATE(S)
Council Position 4 Michael A. Stevens (I)
Municipal Court 1 Fred L. Gillings (I)
Municipal Court 2 Lorrie Towers (I)

CITY OF MILL CREEK

None of the candidates have submitted any financial information to the Washington state Public Disclosure Commission as of filing deadline. All five incumbents are seeking re-election.

PRIMARY ELECTION CHALLENGERS
Council Position 6 Adam R. Morgan (I)
Melissa Duque
Shannon Warren
GENERAL ELECTION CHALLENGERS
Council Position 2 Nicholas Swett
Stephanie Vignal (I)
Council Position 3 Benjamin Briles (I)
Connie Allison
Council Position 4 Brian Holtzclaw (I)
Eric J. Cooke
UNOPPOSE CANDIDATE(S)
Council Position 1 John Steckler (I)

CITY OF MONROE

None of the candidates have submitted any financial information to the Washington state Public Disclosure Commission as of filing deadline.

Councilwoman Patsy Cudaback and Councilman Jeff Rasmussen are not seeking re-election.

PRIMARY ELECTION CHALLENGERS
None
GENERAL ELECTION CHALLENGERS
Council District 1 Amber Mehta
Kevin Hanford (I)
Council Position 7 Jacob Walker
Kirk Scarboro (I)
UNOPPOSE CANDIDATE(S)
Mayor Geoffrey Thomas (I)
Council Position 2 Tami Kinney
Council Position 3 Kyle Fisher

CITY OF MUKILTEO

In what many are predicting to be the mayoral race of the year to watch in Snohomish County this 2021 election season, incumbent Mayor Jennifer Gregerson is seeking an historic third consecutive term. Former two-term mayor and current City Councilman Joe Marine is also vying for the position which, if elected, would make it his third (non-consecutive) term as Mayor of Mukilteo.

Currently Marine has a slight lead against Gregerson with $6,680 to her $6,296 in fundraising. No other candidate has posted financial information to the PDC.

Councilman Bob Champion and Councilwoman Sarah Kneller will not seek re-election. Ayesha Khan, Councilman Riaz Khan’s wife, has filed for Position 2 which is currently filled by Councilman Champion. Having a sitting husband-wife team on a city council would be unorthodox but technically is legal.

Former city councilman Steve Schmalz, who lead a failed attempt to change from a strong-mayor to weak-mayor/city manager form of government, is seeking a return to elected office.

PRIMARY ELECTION CHALLENGERS
Council Position 1 Chris Perisho
Louis Harris (I)
Peter Zieve
Tina Over
Council Position 2 Ayesha Riaz Khan
Caitlein Ryan
Kevin Stoltz
Tom Jordal
Council Position 3 Alex Crocco
Carolyn (Dode) Carlson
Steve Schmalz
Terry Preshaw
Tim Ellis
GENERAL ELECTION CHALLENGERS
Mayor Jennifer Gregerson (I)
Joe Marine
UNOPPOSE CANDIDATE(S)
None

CITY OF SNOHOMISH

Only Linda Redmon has posted financial information to the PDC. She has raised $8,065.

PRIMARY ELECTION CHALLENGERS
Mayor John T. Kartak (I)
Linda Redmon
Samuel F. King
Council-at-Large Position 5 Becky Perkins
David Flynn
Kari Zimmerman
Council-at-Large Position 7 Karen W. Guzak
Steve Dana (I)
Tabitha Baty
GENERAL ELECTION CHALLENGERS
Council-at-Large Position 4 Brian Mills
Tom Merrill (I)
Council-at-Large Position 6 Larry Countryman (I)
Lea Anne Burke
UNOPPOSE CANDIDATE(S)
Council-at-Large Position 3 Felix Neals (I)

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