South County Politics: County Councilmember Ryan to run for re-election

Democrat Terry Ryan, who represents Mountlake Terrace, Brier, Bothell, Mill Creek and the rest of Snohomish County Council District 4, is, so far, the only candidate to register with the state Public Disclosure Commission as a candidate for the position.

Registering with the PDC allows a candidate to raise and spend the money for the Aug. 1 primary and Nov. 7 general election.

Candidates registered for ballot position May 13-17.

County Council positions and other partisan positions appear on both the primary and the general-election ballot even if there are only one or two candidates.

Ryan has reported raising $45,833 and spending $3,619 for the coming elections.

Ryan won election to the Council in 2013 by a 62 percent to 38 percent margin over his Republican opponent.

Candidate seeks to replace retiring school director

A candidate says she will seek the position on the Edmonds School Board that School Board President Susan Phillips now holds, representing Director District 4, a district that straddles Highway 99 in the central part of the Edmonds School District.

The candidate is Cathy Baylor, a music teacher who operates her own piano studio.

Baylor has registered with the PDC.

Candidates must live in the director district, but residents of the entire Edmonds School District vote elect board members representing all five director districts. The Edmonds School District includes Edmonds, Lynnwood, Mountlake Terrace, Woodway, part of Brier and unincorporated areas near those municipalities.

Phillips holds served on the school board from 2011 to 2014. She was elected again in 2015.

Lynnwood Councilman Boyer won’t seek re-election

Lynnwood City Councilmember M. Christopher Boyer says he won’t seek re-election.

Two candidates have indicated that they plan to run for the position in the November election.

One is Ben Corey, a Democratic precinct committee officer from Lynnwood Precinct 11. He is an elementary-school teacher in the Lake Washington School District.

The other is Christine Frizzell, who lost a 2015 council race to incumbent Benjamin Goodwin 49.95 percent to 49.95 percent after a recount.

Çorey has registered with the state Public Disclosure Commission, a step that allows a candidate to register and spend money for the Aug. 1 primary and Nov. 7 general election.

Candidates file for ballot position next week, May 15-19.

City council positions and any non-partisan positions with three or more candidates appear on both the primary ballot and the general-election ballot. Positions with only one or two candidates appear only on the November ballot.

Boyer said Monday that he had decided not to run because of increased responsibility as pastor of a Lynnwood church.

The position is one of three Lynwood Council positions on this year’s ballot.

The others are those held by Council members Ian Cottton and Ruth Ross. Both Cotton and Ross have registered with the PDC as candidates.

Cotton has no announced opponents. Ross faces a challenge from political newcomer Rosamaria Graziani, president of an organization that promotes education for first- and second-generation immigrants.

Former Councilmember Van AuBuchon, who says he plans to run but hasn’t decided which position he will seek.

Councilmember George Hurst, who is in the middle of his first four-year term, has announced that he will challenge Mayor Nicola Smith.

Smith is the only Lynnwood candidate who has raised money for this year’s election. She reports raising $5,102 and spending $811.

–By Evan Smith

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