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September 20, 2017 | View PDF

The Marysville Tulalip Chamber of Commerce will host a candidates forum for local races in the upcoming November election during their monthly meeting on Sept. 29.

Candidates in two of the Marysville City Council races and in Snohomish County Council District 1 are scheduled to talk at the event. The meeting is at the Tulalip Resort and Casino at 10200 Quil Ceda Blvd., Tulalip.

It begins in the Canoes Cabaret Room at 7:30 a.m.

Each candidate will be given time to respond to questions and their opponent’s responses.

“We will do three questions that our Government Affairs committee have come up with that are typically hot topic issues that are relevant to the businesses in the area,” said Jesica Stickles, president/CEO of the Marysville Tulalip Chamber of Commerce.

The speakers are also allowed to ask their opponent one question at the end of the debate as well.

“We allow for the candidates to ask one question to each other. We started that last year and it was a popular addition,” said Stickles.

“Sometimes the candidates know a questions to ask that we wouldn’t have thought of,” she said.

Candidates planning to come include incumbent Donna Wright and Mark James, who are running for the Marysville City Council Position 2 seat, and incumbent Jeff Seibert and Tom King, who are running for the Marysville City Council Position 3 seat.

Ray Miller, who prefers the Democratic party, and Nate Nehring, who prefers the Republican party, are each running for the District 1 Snohomish County Council seat.

District 1 includes Marysville, Arlington, Darrington, Stanwood, Granite Falls and parts of unincorporated Snohomish County.

Nate Nehring was appointed to the seat at the beginning of the year after former council member Ken Klein left to take a position with the county’s executive staff.

Stickles said it’s a good service to hold public debates of local candidates.

“A lot of times there aren’t forums for the local candidates in the community,” she said.

“We’re situated with a platform and the ability to host them for our members, and everyone else in the community, they don’t have to be chamber members,” she said.

The meetings with candidate debates are typically some of their highest attended, including by many people in the community who aren’t necessarily members of the chamber, she said.

The chamber also has an interest in local policies, especially as they impact local businesses, said Stickles.

“Because we are involved in the local business community we are also involved in the political side of that,” she said.

“We want candidates that understand and care about the businesses in the area and the policies that affect them,” she said.

More information about the Marysville Tulalip Chamber of Commerce can be found at

This year’s general election is Nov. 7. The last day to register to vote or update your address in Snohomish County is Oct. 9. Those that need to register or update their registration can go to


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