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Snohomish City Council appoints Jason Sanders to seat

SNOHOMISH — The City Council appointed Jason Sanders to fill its vacant seventh seat, but it took six rounds of tied votes before council came to a consensus.
This week Sanders was sworn in to take ex-council-man Zach Wilde’s seat. Wilde resigned abruptly after being outed for living outside city limits.
Sanders, 47, is a manager at Puget Sound Energy who also chaired the city’s economic development advisory committee. His ascension to council opened a vacancy on the economic committee.
Sanders will carry out the council seat until the November election. He can run for election for a two-year stint to fill out the remainder of Wilde’s term.
Last week the City Council held public interviews of the seven finalists: Lisa Caldwell, Steve Dana, Christian Funk, Elizabeth Larsen, Tom Merrill, Dale Preboski, and Sanders.
The six-member council entrenched itself on three choices: Preboski, Sanders and Dana.
The nomination process went on for seven rounds, leaving both the public and council exasperated.
Councilwoman Lynn Schilaty, who is the council liaison for the city’s Economic Development Committee nominated Sanders, who also had Councilman Michael Rohrscheib’s vote.
Schilaty and Rohrscheib consistently nominated and voted for Sanders.
Mayor Karen Guzak continued nominating Preboski, because she said she wanted to see another woman on council, and liked Preboski’s background as a former Herald journalist and Everett city spokeswoman. Councilman Dean Randall also went with Preboski.
Dana, a former councilman, was Councilmen Derrick Burke and Tom Hamilton’s pick.
After the sixth round of tie votes for these three
applicants, Schilaty pleaded to the rest of the council to “find it in your hearts” to vote a majority for a candidate so that the repetitive process would conclude. “We can only pick one,” she said.
On the seventh try, the City Council unanimously voted in favor of selecting Sanders. Sanders currently works as the manager of business services for Puget Sound Energy, is a board member for EvergreenHealth Monroe hospital, and spent 10 years as a youth football and baseball coach. He has lived in Snohomish for two decades with his wife and two sons, who he has raised and are grown, he said, so now he can look to get more involved with the city.
The interviews consisted of answering councilmembers’ questions about financial challenges, retail marijuana, high-density housing, special interests and service, council wards and council transparency.
Nineteen people applied for the council seat. The council narrowed the list to the seven finalists in late January.


 

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