South County Politics: Early filing produces new candidates for local offices


Filing for 2017 local Elections opened Monday, with new candidates for Edmonds School District Board for Fire District 1 Board and for Lynnwood city offices, but not for Mountlake Terrace or Brier city offices.

Candidate filing continues until Friday at 4 p.m.

Chan is the only Fire District 1 commissioner whose position will be on 2017 ballots. Commissioner Bob Meador, who joined Chan in making racially insensitive remarks at a break during a March commission meeting, has four years left on a six-year term.

One of Chan’s challengers is P. Bret Chiafalo, who was one of the 2016 Clinton presidential electors who cast his vote for Colin Powell and encouraged Republican electors to rebel against voting for Donald Trump, in the hope of denying either candidate a majority of electoral votes. The other challengers are Brandy Donaghy of south Everett and Michael Ellis of Lynnwood.

Snohomish County Fire District 1 includes the unincorporated​ areas of the Country between Everett and the Snohomish-King County line. Edmonds, Mountlake Terrace and Brier get service from the district, but residents of those cities don’t vote in District elections, nor do residents of Lynnwood, which shares administrative functions with the District.

Three other new candidates filed Monday to replace Phillips on the Edmonds School Board. They are: Cathy Baylor, who operates her own piano studio; Deborah Kilgore, a former president of the Lynnwood Elementary Parent Teacher Organization; and Cindy Sackett, a former board member of the Edmonds Schools Foundation.

Phillips represents District 4, which straddles Highway 99 in the central part of the Edmonds School District.

School Board candidates must live in the director district that they wish to represent, but residents of the entire Edmonds School District vote to elect board members representing all five director districts. The Edmonds School District includes Edmonds, Lynnwood, Mountlake Terrace, Woodway, part of Brier and unincorporated areas near those municipalities.

Phillips served on the school board from 2011 to 2014. She was elected again in 2015.

When three or more candidates file for a non-partisan position, that position will appear on both the Aug. 1 primary ballot and the general-election ballot, with the top two vote-getters in the primary qualifying for the November ballot.

The three candidates to replace Boyer on the Lynnwood council include former Councilmember Van Aubuchon; Christine Frizzell, who lost a close 2015 council election after a recount; and Ben Corey, a Democratic precinct committee officer.

In Mountlake Terrace, Council members Doug McCardle, Rick Ryan, Jerry Smith and Kyoko Wright each has filed without opposition.

In Brier, Mayor Bob Colinas and council members Mike Gallagher, John Joplin, Martin Krienke and Bob Thorpe all have filed without opposition.

Most local offices are nonpartisan. That means that if only one or two candidates file for a position, the office will appear on the Nov. 7 general election ballot. The only partisan office on the ballot is the Snohomish County Council position now held by Democrat Terry Ryan. Ryan represents Mountlake Terrace, Brier, Bothell, Mill Creek and the rest of County Council District 4.

Partisan offices appear in both the primary and the general election even with only one or two candidates.

Ryan won election to the council in 2013 by a 62 percent to 38 percent margin over his Republican opponent.

Candidates file online at Candidates may file in person at the Snohomish County Auditor’s Office through May 19 during the business hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Snohomish County Auditor’s Office is located on the first floor of the Administration West Building at 3000 Rockefeller Avenue in Everett.

— By Evan Smith

Evan Smith can be reached at


  1. Please run for office or get the word out! Filing ends this Friday! I just don’t understand in a town with a population of over 36,000 people, only 7 people are running for 3 City Council positions. That’s .02 percent of the population who is running for office, not 1 percent, not even .1 percent but .02 percent. If you read this comment, please don’t doubt even yourself as a candidate! Just reading lynnwood today makes you an informed citizen which is most the work of being a council member, being informed! Best of luck of my community neighbors!




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