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Firefighters want to thank the City Council for placing annexation of the Arlington Fire Department to North County Regional Fire Authority on the February election ballot for voters to consider. Annexing to the Fire Authority would protect the quality and level of emergency services for cit…

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John Dewey, one of the most prominent American philosophers of the 20th Century, wrote that “the local is the only universal, and as near an absolute as exists.” National and world politics have their place, but focusing too much attention on these can do more to divide us than to bring us t…

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 Black Lives Matter is not about partisan politics.  It is about simple, plain old justice.  It is about looking deeply at our ourselves and owning the biases that we have as individuals and as a community.  It is about critically examining the systems that we live in and through to see wher…

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Just as many of our residents and businesses have experienced financial hardship due to the COVID-19 shutdown, Snohomish County is facing budget constraints due to falling revenues. In response to this, the County Council has approved reductions in spending accordingly. In this month’s colum…

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The single biggest way most of us help support and raise our children is through our schools.  These schools are concrete expressions of the care and vision we have for the next generation and for the future of our community. The quality of each child’s school experience cannot be left up to…

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The people of Snohomish County elected Adam Fortney as sheriff because they liked his promise to make the county a safer place. Now we hear that, even before all the votes are counted, the county executive Dave Somers wants to usurp the management of the jail from the elected sheriff. The ra…

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My family moved to Marysville in 1989 and I’ve had my business in the downtown area since then. I am so grateful that we have a Mayor in Jon Nehring who is working hard for our community.

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My husband and I have lived in Marysville for over 25 years. When we first moved here, Marysville was a small city with not much for activities or businesses. Our community is now a thriving city. Marysville under the leadership of Mayor Jon Nehring, the City Council and the Parks Department…

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The mayoral election that's just around the corner will be important for the future of Arlington. The area is in rapid growth and leadership is key to a successful future.

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As a home owner in Marysville and a chaplain with Marysville Crisis Support Services, I have a unique view of the recent Proposition 1 initiative to establish a Regional Fire Authority (RFA) in Marysville.

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In 2000, the community of Arlington passed a school bond. Literally hundreds of community and staff participated in the planning for the facilities needs of the district. Choices had to be made because we couldn’t afford to do it all at once.

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The February and November 2018 school bond proposals received majority approval by Arlington School District voters, but did not reach the 60% supermajority approval required. To increase the chance of passage the school board removed improvements to athletic facilities, the transportation c…

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On February 12 we will ask you, the voters, to approve a bond for school construction and safety improvements.  The planned projects will require our community to invest in a bond totaling $96 million.   As your elected representatives we do not take this action lightly.  It’s a balancing ac…

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I’ve known Judge Kristen Olbrechts for 27 years and trust her skill, knowledge, and legal acumen in the courtroom as an attorney and as a judge.

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I am writing to endorse Jennifer Rancourt for Judge of Cascade District Court. This judicial position serves citizens of north Snohomish County, including the cities of Marysville, Stanwood, and Arlington. I have been a Judge for the past 14 years, and I know both candidates. Jennifer Rancou…

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I watched the U.S. Senate candidates debate on Channel 5 which was handled excellently as each candidate was allowed only a short time frame to respond to the questions.

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I’m voting Democrat and Republican. The bitter partisanship in D.C. this year has shown me how much I don't want that to become a reality in Olympia, or more importantly Snohomish County.