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Election season for Everett council, mayor full of contenders

EVERETT — Every seat up for grabs this election season has a stacked group of candidates. The races will each be a three-way
primary election for each position, an abnormality in Everett politics.
Four candidates are gunning for mayor. A narrative of a three-way battle for mayor was established this spring as County Councilman Brian Sullivan, City Council president Judy Tuohy and council vice president Cassie Franklin announced their
bids months ago. A fourth candidate, Shean Nasin, jumped in last week.
The city’s long-serving mayor Ray Stephanson is not running for re-election after initially planning to run again.
Sullivan, formerly the mayor of Mukilteo, today owns a restaurant; Tuohy is the director of the Schack Art Center; Franklin is the head of nonprofit Cocoon House; Nasin is a schoolteacher and coach.
On council, incumbents Paul Roberts, Jeff Moore and Scott Murphy will each be facing challengers.
For council position No. 1, consultant and former city public works director Roberts is running for his fourth term on council. He’s facing journalist Lee Dart, and Justin Murta, who’s an executive account manager by day and DJ by night.
For council position No. 2, Moore, who is the Everett School District’s executive finance director, is running for his third term. He’s facing Alex Lark, the philanthropy manager for nonprofit Housing Hope and a city planning commissioner; and Jordan Marsh, whose information was not immediately available.
For council position No. 3, Murphy, the president of window company Goldfinch Bros. and a civic booster, is running for his second full term. He’s facing Jonathan Peebles, a program coordinator and student at Shoreline Community College; and Jennifer Hesse, who teaches German language classes at Jackson High School.
The city elections are nonpartisan, but the burgeoning Snohomish County Libertarian Party is running candidates as part of a countywide ground-level push. Candidates such as Hesse and Murta have the party’s backing.
The 38th Legislative Democrats also are throwing support behind candidates such as Peebles, who is on the 38th’s board.
The local Republican party has not announced its Everett endorsements yet.

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