Snohomish City Council has 5 seats up for election
SNOHOMISH — There will be an open seat or two on the City Council this election season.
The seats held by Councilmen Derrick Burke, Tom Hamilton, Dean Randall, Michael Rohrscheib and
Jason Sanders are up for re-election.
Rohrscheib, who has served since 2014, confirmed he’s not running again due to time commitments with his job.
Mayor Tom Hamilton has said he will not run again for council, but added, “never say never.”
Burke, who has served on City Council since 2010, could not be reached for comment.
Randall, who has served on City Council for 15 years, said he has not decided as of late April. Randall has been on council since 2006 and also served from 1996 to 1999.
Sanders said last week he is planning to run for his current seat. He was appointed to council this year after the sudden resignation of former Councilman Zach Wilde.
Sanders’ seat is for two years to fill out Wilde’s old term.
Councilwomen Lynn Schilaty and Karen Guzak are not up for re-election.
Guzak had previously expressed interest of possibly running for strong mayor.Hamilton has maintained he will not run for strong mayor.
At least one resident has made a formal movement toward running for council: Hair stylist Meagan Gray filed paperwork with the
state Public Disclosure Commission on May 1, setting her sights on City Council
position No. 7, which is currently held by Hamilton.
The only candidate to publicly announce a bid for
mayor is construction worker John Kartak.
The campaign filing period runs from Monday, May 15 to Friday, May 19. The filing fee for a council seat is $62.
Most council members hold full-time jobs and spend several hours a month on council duties.
The city is transitioning from Council-City Manager government to a Council-Mayor government structure with a strong mayor as the city’s executive in charge.
All of the current council members, with the exception of Sanders, voted against Proposition No. 2 last fall, which asked Snohomish voters if they wanted the change in the city’s government structure. Sanders wasn’t on council at the time.
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