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Local, state, federal races are all on the Nov. 8 ballot


Ballots in Snohomish County for the general election have been mailed out and include many important federal and state races.

The county mailed ballots out on Oct. 20.

They can be returned through the mail but must be post marked no later than Nov. 8 or they can be deposited at local drop boxes.

Arlington's drop box is near the Arlington Library at 135 N Washington Ave., Arlington. Marysville's drop box is behind Marysville City Hall at 1049 State Ave., Marysville.

On Nov. 7 only, a drop box will be available in Tulalip at 8802 27th Ave. NE, Tulalip as well.

State Legislature

The 38th Legislative District, which includes Tulalip and most of Marysville, has one race for a representative seat.

Incumbent Democrat Mike Sells and Independent Bert Johnson are running.

Two races are in the 39th Legislative District, which includes parts of Arlington and much of rural Snohomish County.

Incumbent Republican Dan Kristiansen and Democrat Linda Wright are campaigning for the position 1 seat.

Republican John Koster and Democrat Ronda Metcalf are running for the position 2 seat.

The 44th Legislative District includes southeast Marysville, Lake Stevens and Mill Creek and also has two races.

For the position 1 seat, Democrat John Lovick and Republican Janice Huxford are running.

For the position 2 seat incumbent Republican Mark Harmswoth and Democrat Katrina Ondracek are running.

The 10th Legislative District, which includes Lake Goodwin, parts of Lakewood, Stanwood and Camano Island has three races.

The district senate seat is between incumbent Republican Barbara Bailey and Democrat Angie Homola.

Incumbent Republican Norma Smith and Libertarian Michael Scott are running for the position 1 representative seat and Incumbent Republican Dave Hayes and Democrat Doris Brevoort are running for the position 2 seat.

State Races

Numerous races for stat positions are on this year's ballot, including a governor's race between Republican Bill Bryant and incumbent Democrat Jay Inslee.

Many initiatives are also on the general election ballot.

If Initiative 1433 is passed the state minimum wage would be increased to $13.50 by 2020 and would require employers to provide one hour of paid sick leave per 40 hours worked.

Initiative 1464 would give all state residents three $50 credits to donate to candidates in political races if passed. It would also repeal a sales tax exemption for non-residents to help fund the initiative's cost.

If Initiative 1491 is passed it would authorize courts to issue "extreme risk protection orders" to individuals deemed to be a significant danger to themselves or others that would prevent them from possessing guns.

Initiative 732 would create a state carbon emission tax. It would also reduce the state's sales tax and reduce certain manufacturing taxes and is meant to be revenue neutral overall.

Federal Races

The presidential race between Democrat Hillary Clinton, Republican Donald Trump and numerous third parties is the top federal race on the ballot this year.

Other local campaigns include a race for one of the state's Senator seats between incumbent Democrat Patty Murray and Republican Chris Vance.

The District 2 House of Representatives seat, which serves most of Marysville, Tulalip and Arlington along with other areas, is between incumbent Democrat Rick Larsen and Republican Marc Hennemann.

Other parts of Arlington are in District 1 instead, which covers most of rural Snohomish County and other areas. That seat is between incumbent Democrat Suzan DelBene and Republican Robert Sutherland.

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