2 hope to unseat incumbents on council

Roundup of local races include Port of Edmonds, Edmonds School District and Fire District 1
By Brian Soergel | May 25, 2017

One Edmonds city councilmember will run unopposed for this year’s election, one will face a newcomer, and another will face a perennial candidate.

All three incumbent councilmembers whose terms expire at the end of the year – Kristiana Johnson, Mike Nelson and Adrienne Fraley-Monillas – filed for re-election during the official May 15-19 filing period.

The primary election is Aug. 1, with the top two candidates in each race moving on to the general election Nov. 7.

Johnson will run against challenger Josh Thompson for the Position 1 seat. Thompson served as legislative aide to Snohomish County Councilmember Stephanie Wright – who represents District 3, which includes Edmonds – for five years. Prior to that, he was general manager at The Ruins, a private dining club in Seattle.

Nelson, appointed to the council seat Position 2 vacated by Strom Peterson, who would go on to win a seat in the state Legislature representing the 21st District, does not face a challenger.

Position 3 incumbent Fraley-Monillas faces a challenge from local activist Al Rutledge, who has run for City Council several times in the past. He last ran for the position Nelson was appointed to.

There are three four-year commissioner positions open at the Port of Edmonds. Angela Harris of Edmonds will challenge incumbent Fred Gouge in District 1; former Edmonds City Councilmember Lora Petso of Edmonds will challenge Bruce Fairies in District 3; and Susan Paine of Edmonds will challenge incumbent Steven Johnston for commissioner at large, Position 5.

In the Edmonds School District, incumbent director Susan Phillips earlier announced that she would not run for re-election in District 4. Three applied: Cindy Sackett of Edmonds and Cathy Baylor and Deborah Kilgore of Lynnwood.

Edmonds Municipal Court incumbent Linda Coburn does not face a challenge for another four-year term.

There is one seat open on the Olympic View Water and Sewer District. Incumbent Mike Harrigan did not file for re-election for Position 3. Those filing for that six-year term were Steve Howard and Fanny Yee, both from Edmonds.

Two incumbents in Snohomish County Health District 2, also known as the Verdant Health Commission, will run unopposed for new six-year terms: Deanna Knutsen for Position 1 and Karianna Wilson for Position 3.

In another race, four candidates filed to challenge David Chan, a commissioner for Fire District 1, which serves Edmonds. They are P. Bret Chiafalo, Michael Ellis and Brandon Richards, all from Lynnwood, and Everett resident Brandy Donaghy.

Chan, along with fellow Commissioner Bob Meador, came under fire in March after a video surfaced of them laughing while making racially tinged remarks at a recent meeting.

Look for more information on the candidates in a future issue of the Edmonds Beacon.


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