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EMS levy, local races on ballot for Aug. 1 primary election


Ballots for the Snohomish County Primary Election have been mailed out to voters in the county, including to Marysville and Arlington residents.

The ballot for the Aug. 1 election contains any races that have more than two candidates, or any other special ballot measure, which there is one, an Emergency Medical Services levy proposition for the City of Marysville.

The top two candidates receiving the most votes in each race in the Aug. 1 primary election will be on the Nov. 7 general election ballot.

The County Council District 1 seat has four candidates in the race. District 1 includes Arlington, Marysville, the Stillaguamish Tribe, Darrington, Stanwood, Granite Falls and the Sauk-Suiattle Tribe.

Nate Nehring, Robert Sutherland and Chris Ihler, who prefer the Republican party, and Ray Miller, who prefers the Democratic party, are in the race.

The incumbent Nehring was appointed to former council member Ken Klein’s seat on the council earlier this year in January after Klein resigned to take a job with County Executive Dave Somers.

Marysville Proposition 1 is the EMS levy on the ballot and would raise the property tax rate for fire and emergency services to $0.50 per $1,000 of assessed property value.

The current levy rate is around $0.38 per $1,000 of assessed property value.

The Marysville City Council can increase the rate on their own to about $0.44 per $1,000, and the ballot measure would cover the rest of the increase.

The measure would adjust the levy rate each year according to inflation to keep it at $0.50 per $1,000 of assessed property value until 2023.

The levy rate hasn’t been increased by City Council action since 2008, which is why it has been falling the past few years.

Marysville city officials say that with increased call volumes, receiving an increased levy would help the Marysville Fire District maintain the services they provide.

In 2016 the district received 13,861 calls, which was a 43 percent increase from 2011.

EMS calls make up about 88 percent of those calls.

The City of Marysville Council Position 2 has three candidates.

Incumbent Donna Wright is being challenged by Jason Call and Mark James.

Three candidates are running for the Marysville School District board of directors District 4 position: Incumbent Bruce Larson, Vanessa Edwards and Clarence Shaw.

District 4 is the eastern district for the Marysville School District and includes the neighborhoods around the Getchell area.

The Tulalip Bay Fire Department commissioner position 3 has three candidates in the running.

Mark Hatch, Buckley “Buck” Evans and David Sherman are currently on the ballot for the position.

Finally, Rural Arlington Fire District 21, also has three candidates in the running for one of their commissioner positions.

Incumbent Eric Nordstrom is running against Randy Dobbins and Ken Johnson.

Public drop boxes for ballots are available at Marysville’s City Hall and the Arlington Library. To register for the upcoming general election in November, go to Snohomish County’s elections page at


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