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Arlington chamber hosts candidates forum


October 18, 2017 | View PDF

Christopher Andersson

Snohomish County Council District 1 candidates Ray Miller, left, and Nate Nehring talk at a candidates forum hosted by the Arlington-Smokey Point Chamber of Commerce on Oct. 10.

Local candidates in Arlington City Council races and the Snohomish County Council District 1 race talked at a local candidates forum on Oct. 10.

The Arlington-Smokey Point Chamber of Commerce hosted the forum at the Arlington Boys & Girls Club.

Arlington City Council Pos. 1

Craig Christianson and incumbent Jesica Stickles are running for the Position 1 seat.

Christianson is a local business owner.

"As a lifetime resident I want to be involved in the direction that our city is heading in," he said.

He used to be employed with the Seattle Fire Department, however after retiring has had his business take off.

"That has enabled me to support and donate to a lot of causes that are near to me," he said, including supporting Downtown Arlington Business Association events, local scholarships, the Arlington Boys & Girls Club and the local Kiwanis Club.

His main priority is public safety, especially for the Smokey Point area.

"We have to make people feel like they're safe. Whatever it takes to get that done, we should do it," he said.

He also hopes to improve collaboration between all parts of the city.

"If we could all get together and get Smokey Point involved in it, it would make everything a lot better," he said.

Incumbent Jesica Stickles owns a local printing business.

She is a mother of three. "I found my love for politics in PTA and have enjoyed plugging in where I can in the city," she said.

Stickles is president of the Marysville Tulalip Chamber of Commerce and also involved in the Arlington-Smokey Point Chamber of Commerce.

She hopes to increase staff at the local police department.

"I'm in favor of building up our police, and public safety in general," she said. "If we are able to add more officers we can start up the pro-ac [proactive] team again."

Stickles is also in favor of the city pursuing a community court.

"Instead of putting [criminals] back into the jail system, which costs us money and doesn't actually fix anything, there is a court with social services," she said.

She also wants Arlington to continue pursuing partnerships with neighboring cities.

Arlington City Council Pos. 2

The candidates for the Position 2 seat are Joshua Roundy and incumbent Chris Raezer.

Raezer was unable to attend the forum.

Roundy is a local accountant who has many years of experience working for cities and government.

He has previously worked with the state auditor's office.

"I think that's a great experience for the council and for citizens," he said.

He wants to make Arlington's budget strong and long-lasting.

"I want the city to be sustainable, and sustainable to me means a balanced budget that is looking into the future," he said.

His main priorities are public safety and infrastructure.

The Smokey Point area needs to have a better perception of safety, Roundy said.

"People don't want to shop around there and we're going to have to deal with it. That's not helpful for the citizens or the businesses," he said.

Roads and other infrastructure are also important to Roundy.

"I think it's important for the business community for us to invest as much as we can," he said.

Snohomish County Council District 1

This County Council District includes Arlington, Darrington, Marysville, Stanwood and Granite Falls.

The race is between Republican Nate Nehring and Democrat Ray Miller.

Nehring is the current representative for the district and was appointed earlier this year. He was formerly a sixth-grade science teacher and has worked on the Planning Commission for Stanwood.

"One of my biggest priorities when I took office earlier this year was to combat the opiate epidemic," said Nehring.

Nehring has helped pass an emergency ban on safe injection sites for the county and has also worked to promote housing solutions.

The potential Arlington-Marysville Manufacturing Industrial Center is also a big priority for him.

"We see half the people who live in Snohomish County are commuting out of the county, so this is an opportunity to have people live here and work here," he said.

Miller is a U.S. Air Force veteran who is a certified drug and alcohol counselor.

He hopes to promote jobs and housing for the people of Snohomish County.

"As you know, Snohomish County is one of the fastest growing counties in the United States of America and we have to plan for a future that includes housing and economic development," he said.

"When we build a community we make sure we have full housing," said Miller.

Miller said that he has seen the problems of the opioid epidemic firsthand as a counselor and helped people recover. He hopes to bring social solutions to the county to help fight the growing addiction problem.


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