Getchell Fire District’s levy lid lift passes and the top two candidates will proceed in many local races after the Aug. 6 Primary Election.
Voters turned in their ballots by Aug. 6 and results were released soon after for Marysville City Council, Snohomish County Council and two races for the Marysville School Board.
Washington state uses a ‘jungle primary’ so the top two candidates proceed to the General Election this November.
Getchell Fire Levy
Fire District 22 (the Getchell Fire District) covers an area just east of Marysville city limits.
They held a levy to return their property tax rate to $1.50 per $1,000 of assessed property value which passed with 61.27 percent of voters approving.
Because of Washington state law, fire districts can only raise their total collection 1 percent each year.
“This is important because our taxing increase is limited to 1 percent per year, which doesn’t keep up with inflation,” said Travis Hots, fire chief for the district.
“So, periodically, we have to go back and re-up our levy funding to the $1.50 [per $1,000 assessed property value] otherwise at some point we would just run out of money,” said Hots.
Hots was thankful for the voters for coming out for the levy.
“I was very pleased with how the numbers came in,” he said. “We always have good community support from Getchell residents."
The last time the fire district proposed a levy was in 2008.
“We don’t go out and ask for levy money often, but when we do the voters are always there to support us,” he said.
“We don’t take that support for granted,” said Hots, who added the district strives to be good stewards of the money.
“We are constantly looking for the least expensive options to provide service … always looking for grants,” he said.
Marysville City Council
Marysville City Council member Rob Toyer is not running for re-election, leaving his seat empty.
In a five-person race, Jeff Seibert and Kelly Richards will advance, with 36.35 percent of the vote and 20.07 percent of the vote, respectively.
Candidates Todd Fahlman, Gary Kemp and Noah Rui did not receive enough votes to advance.
Richards is a long-time community and Planning Commission member. “I’ve been involved in our community for most of my life,” he said.
“I like the direction that Marysville is going,” said Richards. "With Rob Toyer stepping down I thought it would be a good opportunity to run."
He hopes to continue the direction that Marysville has been going in recent years, he said.
“I want this to be a viable place for employment,” said Richards.
“It would be nice to get some jobs in our area so that people don’t have to travel south,” he said.
Seibert is a former City Council member who lost re-election in 2017.
“When I was on the Council before I liked that I was serving the community and I wanted to do that again,” he said.
“We started a lot of projects during that time that I want to see finished if I can,” said Seibert.
He hopes to see projects like the new public safety building and jail completed in Marysville.
“I want to help keep everybody safe in our community,” said Seibert.
He also wanted to thank the voters.
“Thank you to the voters who came out to support me,” he said.
Marysville School District
Two races for the Marysville School District board had three candidates each.
The north Marysville District 2 race will be between incumbent Mariana Maksimos, who received 38.49 percent of the vote and Paul Galovin who received 38.65 percent.
The south Marysville District 5 seat will see Halleh Stickels, who received 32.04 percent of the vote against incumbent Tom Albright who received 47.66 percent.
Eight candidates vied for the Snohomish County Council District 2 seat which covers Tulalip, north Everett and Mukilteo.
Incumbent Brian Sullivan could not run again due to term limits.
Republican Anna Rohrbough received 34.67 percent of the vote while seven Democrats split the rest of the vote.
Megan Dunn has a slim lead of less than 200 votes over Jennifer Gregerson currently, while the other candidates, Louis Harris, Alex Lark, Tyler Verda, Cecilia Wilson and Sharita Burton are down between 400 to 2,000 votes.