Snohomish County roundup: Mayoral incumbents look to be defeated
Nov 8, 2023, 10:34 AM | Updated: 5:04 pm
In Snohomish County, two incumbent mayors appear to be headed to defeat while the Sheriff’s race is too close to call. (For the latest raw vote totals, click on races below.)
An election night surprise in Snohomish County, with incumbent Sheriff Adam Fortney trailing behind challenger Susanna Johnson in early tallies.
Mike Rosen has a decisive lead in the race for Edmonds Mayor. Nelson narrowly beat Rosen by 47 votes in a four-way primary.
Nelson was first elected mayor in 2019, following four years on the City Council. Rosen, the former managing principal at communication firm PRR, criticized Nelson for “not respecting” the input of his constituents.
Challenger Don Vanney has a big lead over incumbent Mayor Barb Tolbert.
Tolbert’s campaign hinged on improving roads and offering more mixed housing.
Vanney pushed for more single-family housing. He wants residents to be able to own property. Vanney prioritized improving infrastructure to support its growing population.
Other key Snohomish County races
Dave Somers is the Snohomish County Executive. He took office on Jan. 1, 2016, and is the fifth Snohomish County Executive.
Somers previously served on the Snohomish County Council. His competitor Bob Hagglund is a health care data scientist born and raised in Everett. He is chairman of the Snohomish County Republican Party.
Linda Hjelle, who lives in Granite Falls, is seeking a third term as the assessor. Term limits would make this her last four-year term. She started in the assessor’s office over 30 years ago in an entry-level position and worked her way through the ranks.
Joe Wanagel, who lives in Bothell, was running because he thinks property taxes are too high.
Four years ago, Cindy Gobel lost the race for Snohomish County auditor to her colleague Garth Fell by about 4,200 votes.
Now they’re in a rematch. Fell is a registered independent voter, while Gobel is an outspoken Democrat.
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