South County Politics: Looking ahead to 2017 local elections

As candidates prepare for 2017 local elections, here are two items that recently caught my eye — one in Lynnwood, one in Edmonds: Lynnwood Councilwoman Ross has challenger for fall election Lynnwood City Councilwoman Ruth Ross has a challenger for the November election. She’s Rosamaria Graziani, president of an organization that promotes education for first- and…

South County Politics: Legislators look to extended special session

Democratic State Rep. Ruth Kagi and Democratic State Sen. Guy Palumbo both anticipate that the Legislature may need to work beyond the scheduled 30-day special session that started Monday. Democratic State Rep. Shelley Kloba, however, expresses hope that the Legislature can finish in one 30-day special session. Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee called the Legislature into…

South County Politics: Need for special session surprises new Senator Palumbo

Democratic State Sen. Guy Palumbo says he is shocked by the events that he and other legislators say will lead to the need for a special session after the regular 105-day session ends Sunday, April 23. State Rep. Lillian Ortiz-Self, a Democrat from the 21st District, says she hopes the session will be short. State…

South County Politics: Liias says Senate Republicans’ stand on car-tax fees hurts families

State Sen. Marko Liias said last week that Senate Republicans’ unwillingness to compromise on car-tax fees hurts the budgets of Washington families. Liias, the Democratic minority floor leader, represents the 21st Legislative District, including most of Edmonds, unincorporated areas north of Edmonds and Lynnwood and northeast of Lynnwood, all of Mukilteo and part of south…

South County Politics: Former Lynnwood Councilmember AuBuchon attempting comeback

Former Lynnwood City Councilmember Van AuBuchon has declared his intention to run in 2017 elections for a return to the council. AuBuchon has registered with the state Public Disclosure Commission as a candidate, a step that allows him to raise and spend money for the Aug. 1 primary and Nov. 7 general election. AuBuchon said…

South County Politics: Lynnwood councilmember’s challenge to mayor continues a pattern

Lynnwood Councilmember George Hurst’s challenge to Mayor Nicola Smith in the coming election continues a pattern of Lynnwood councilmembers challenging sitting mayors. In 2005, then-Mayor Mike McKinnon got challenges in the primary from two councilmembers, Don Gough and Jim Smith. Gough went on to defeat McKinnon in the general election by a 60 percent to…

South County Politics: Candidates start to line up for city elections

Starting this week, Evan Smith brings his South County Politics column to Lynnwood Today and our companion My Neighborhood News Network websites, My Edmonds News and MLTnews. Smith most recently wrote the South County Politics blog for Everett’s Daily Herald. Earlier, he had written for the Enterprise newspapers. Smith spent several years as a journalism professor…