Who’s running for
office in Snohomish and Monroe
Last week was candidate filing week for the kick-off of the election season leading up to the Aug. 1 primary and Nov. 7 general election.
For Monroe, there is a challenge for mayor, and all the incumbents are seeking re-election with a few new faces as challengers.
For Snohomish, voters will choose a strong mayor for the first time in decades after last year’s close public vote to switch the city back to a strong
mayor government. Five City Council seats are also up for re-election, with a fervor not seen since the mid-2000s.
But all the names will boil down to a few after the August primary. The top two candidates from each race will go into a run-off in the subsequent general election.
This is a “Who’s Who” for the municipal elections in Snohomish and Monroe:
For the city’s new strong mayor position, four people have filed: John T. Kartak, 51, a “semi-retired general contractor”; Karen Guzak, 78, the owner and teacher at Yoga Circle Studio and city councilwoman; Derrick Burke, 45, the owner/operator of
Puget Sound Woodworking and city councilman; and Elizabeth Larsen, 45, who is a senior environmental planner with Snohomish County Public Works.
Several candidates have filed for the five City Council seats up for election.
Snohomish City Council:
Council Position No. 3 is held by incumbent Councilman Jason Sanders, 48, a manager of business services at Puget Sound Energy. Sanders will be challenged by Daryl Ferguson,who is a real estate broker.
This position is for a two-year term to fill out a vacant seat.
Council Position No. 4, is being vacated by Councilman Michael Rohrscheib, who is
not seeking re-election. Two candidates have filed: Tom Merrill, 65, retired tele-communications and IT executive; and
former city and County Councilman Swede Johnson, 73, who is a retired PUD engineer and Bickford Motors salesman.
Council Position No. 5 is currently held by Councilman Derrick Burke, who is seeking the strong mayor position and cannot also run for a council seat. The candidates for Burke’s seat are Linda Redmon, 46, who is an office manager and Bob Dvorak, 60, the former Snohomish
Senior Center director who is now the director of the senior center in Everett.
Council Position No. 6 is currently held by Councilman Dean Randall, who did not file for re-election. There are three candidates looking to fill the seat: Eric Reyes, 29, a senior account executive for Sinclair Broadcasting Group; Dale Preboski. 69, a former Herald writer and retired city of Everett communications director; and former city councilman Larry Countryman, 76, who is a bed-and-breakfast owner and builder.
Council Position No. 7 is being vacated by weak Mayor Tom Hamilton. Aiming for the seat are candidates Meagan Gray, 28, a hairstylist at Luxe Salon; former city councilman Steve Dana, 67, a Realtor long-associated with running The Hub restaurant; and Lisa Caldwell, a former Snohomish Rotary Club president who works in sales and marketing.
The council seats currently held by Lynn Schilaty and Karen Guzak are not up for re-election. If Guzak loses in the mayoral race, she will keep her council seat; but if she wins, the council will have to appoint a new councilmember through a public process.
Two people have filed for mayor: Incumbent Geoffrey Thomas, 46, Mayor of Monroe and senior legislative analyst for Snohomish County; and Jim Kamp, 60, a city councilman who works as a contract project manager.
For Council Position No. 1, incumbent Councilman Kevin Hanford, 46, an interiors mechanic for Boeing, is being challenged by Todd Fredrickson, 53, a disciplinary hearings specialist at the Monroe prison.
For Council Position No. 3, incumbent Jeff Rasmussen, the director of the Monroe Boys & Girls Club, is going up against Jacob Walker, 20, who works in client relations for eChurch, a smartphone app developer for churches.
For Council Position No. 7, incumbent Kirk Scarboro, 69, a retired U.S. Navy veteran and retired transportation supervisor for the Monroe School District is being challenged by Kevin McDowell, whose information was not immediately available.
Running unopposed is Councilwoman Patsy Cudaback.
The council seats held by Councilmen Jim Kamp, Ed Davis and Jason Gamble are not up for re-election. If Kamp loses in the mayoral race, he will keep his council seat; if he wins, the council will have to appoint a new councilmember through a public process.
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