SNOHOMISH County Council enters a period of transition as term limits preclude two veterans from seeking re-election. Fortunately for voters and taxpayers, there is a deep reserve of qualified candidates.
District 1, which includes Stanwood, Granite Falls, Arlington, Marysville and the unincorporated northern swath of the county, is a prime example.
Republican John Koster is leaving office, but Arlington City Council member Ken Klein, another Republican, is a ready and able candidate to replace him.
Klein has local government experience and has served on the Snohomish County Planning Commission. He has family roots in Snohomish County and business experience with a food-service company on Microsoft’s Redmond campus.
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Klein was endorsed by The Times in a crowded primary field, and he is endorsed again over Democrat Bill Blake, a utilities supervisor for the City of Arlington.
District 4 is also losing a capable council member due to term limits. Dave Gossett has ably represented Mountlake Terrace, Lynnwood, Mill Creek and Bothell.
Democratic candidate Terry Ryan would bring years of local government experience on the Mill Creek City Council, and four terms as mayor, to the County Council post. He is broadly endorsed across party lines.
Ryan’s Republican opponent Robert Reedy, who has run unsuccessfully for public office before, cannot match Ryan’s readiness to help manage county business.
Democratic incumbent Dave Somers has earned re-election to represent District 5, which includes Snohomish, Lake Stevens, Sultan, Gold Bar and Bothell.
Somers has been a steady presence on the council through budget deliberations, land-use management issues and the political melodrama of the former Snohomish County Executive Aaron Reardon.
Somers is endorsed by Democrats and Republicans alike. Challenger Chris Vallo, a Republican, is looking at political office after a business career. He is a community volunteer, but Vallo has no local government experience.
The Snohomish County Council is mindful of the work and effort to invest in hanging on to its major aerospace employer and to grow jobs. Moving the county ahead requires candidates who know and have served their communities.