Candidates file to run for local councils, school boards

MARYSVILLE — The filing period to run in the Aug. 5 primary election and the Nov. 5 general election ended May 17 and saw a number of candidates file to run for a variety of local offices.

For Snohomish County Council District 1, candidates who filed include Gary Wright, Ken Klein, Bill Blake, Carsten Mullin and Sean Olson. Other County Council races include District 4 with Terry Ryan and Robert Reedy, and District 5 with incumbent Dave Sommers facing off against Chris Vallo.

For the Arlington City Council, incumbent Steve Baker will face off against Jessica Stickles for Council Position 1. For Council Position 2, incumbent Chris Raezer will be challenged by Shery Christianson. Incumbent Debora Nelson will be unchallenged for Position No. 3, while Mike Hopson, Scott Keith and Jan Schuette face off for Position No. 7.

For the Marysville City Council, incumbent Jeffrey Vaughan will face off against Elijah Olson. Incumbent Donna Wright will be unchallenged for Position No. 2. B.J. Guillot will challenge incumbent Jeff Seibert for Council Position 3, while incumbent Michael Stevens will run unopposed for Position No. 4. Incumbent Kamille Norton, who was appointed in February to fill the seat vacated by Carmen Rasmussen, will face off against Scott Allen for the two-year unexpired term for Position 7.

Incumbent Fred Gillings will run unopposed for Marysville Municipal Court No. 1 as will Lorrie Towers for Marysville Municipal Court No. 2.

For the Arlington School District Board of Directors, two incumbents — Ursula Ghirardo for District 3 and Robert (Bob) McClure for District 5 — will run unopposed.

For the Lakewood School District Board of Directors, incumbent Oscar Escalante will run against Lionel (Pete) Espinoza and Michael Blank for District No. 1. Incumbents Kelly Allen of District No. 2 and David Kiefer of District No. 3 will both run unopposed.

For the Marysville School District, incumbent Chris Nation will run unopposed for Director District No. 1, while Bruce Larson will be unopposed for District No. 4.

All partisan races, such as the County Council, will appear on the primary election ballot. For the non-partisan races, such as city councils and school boards, only those races with three or more candidates will appear on the Aug. 5 primary election ballot. The non-partisan races with two or fewer candidates will appear on the Nov. 5 general election ballot. For more information about all the candidates who filed, go to the Snohomish County Elections website at


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