Snohomish County Executive

The Snohomish County Executive is the head of the executive branch of Snohomish County, Washington. The position is subject to four-year terms (with a term limit of 3) and is a partisan office.[1]

Snohomish County Executive
Incumbent
Dave Somers

since January 4, 2016
AppointerElectorate
Snohomish County Council (unexpired terms)
Term length4 years
Inaugural holderWillis Tucker
FormationMay 1, 1980
WebsiteSnohomish County Executive

HistoryEdit

County voters approved the adoption of a home-rule charter for Snohomish County on November 6, 1979, creating the position of a county executive and a five-member county council. Prior to the adoption, the county government was led by three commissioners elected at-large.[2][3] The new position took effect on May 1, 1980, with Willis Tucker elected as the first executive.[4]

List of executivesEdit

Order Executive Party Took office Left office Terms
1 Willis Tucker Democratic May 1, 1980 January 2, 1992 3
2 Bob Drewel Democratic January 2, 1992 January 5, 2004 3
3 Aaron Reardon Democratic January 5, 2004 May 31, 2013 2 12[a]
4 John Lovick Democratic June 3, 2013 January 4, 2016 12[b]
5 Dave Somers Democratic January 4, 2016 Incumbent 1[c]

List of electionsEdit

Snohomish County Executive election results, 1980–present[7]
Year Winning
candidate
Party Votes Pct Candidate Party Votes Pct
1980 Willis Tucker Democratic 13,085 48.74% Gary A. Nelson Republican 11,852 44.15%
Louise A. Saluteen Independent 1,910 7.11%
1983 Willis Tucker (incumbent) Democratic 54,756 58.28% Larry E. Countryman Republican 39,194 31.72%
1987 Willis Tucker (incumbent) Democratic 35,222 51.04% Michael Glanz Republican 33,782 48.96%
1991 Bob Drewel Democratic 69,435 52.93% Cliff Bailey Republican 61,759 47.07%
1995 Bob Drewel (incumbent) Democratic 70,921 55.94% Douglas Smith Republican 55,676 43.91%
1999 Bob Drewel (incumbent) Democratic 90,240 54.95% Lew Moore Republican 73,563 44.80%
2003 Aaron Reardon Democratic 64,068 51.77% Dave Earling Republican 59,433 48.03%
2007 Aaron Reardon (incumbent) Democratic 104,008 65.02% Jack Turk Republican 55,419 34.65%
2011 Aaron Reardon (incumbent) Democratic 104,710 55.18% Mike Hope Republican 84,400 44.47%
2014[d] John Lovick (incumbent) Democratic 111,837 55.52% Carolyn Eslick Republican 89,095 44.23%
2015 Dave Somers Democratic 74,492 56.18% John Lovick (incumbent) Democratic 56,428 42.56%

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Resigned before end of third term.[5]
  2. ^ Appointed to finish Reardon's term.[6]
  3. ^ Executive Somers's first term expires in January 2020.
  4. ^ Special election after resignation of Aaron Reardon to elect an executive to a one-year term.

CitationsEdit

  1. ^ "2015 Election Information Guide". Snohomish County Auditor. June 16, 2015. p. 15. Archived from the original on April 22, 2016. Retrieved November 19, 2016.
  2. ^ Suffia, David (November 7, 1979). "Voters approve home-rule charter". The Seattle Times. p. H1.
  3. ^ Suffia, David (November 14, 1979). "Candidates surface for county posts". The Seattle Times. p. H1.
  4. ^ Suffia, David (April 30, 1980). "Snohomish County ready to make historic switch". The Seattle Times. p. G6.
  5. ^ Heffter, Emily; Sullivan, Jennifer (February 21, 2013). "Reardon resigns as Snohomish County executive". The Seattle Times. Retrieved November 25, 2016.
  6. ^ Haglund, Noah; North, Scott (June 3, 2013). "Lovick replaces Reardon as county executive". The Everett Herald. Archived from the original on May 6, 2015. Retrieved November 25, 2016.
  7. ^ "Past Election Results". Snohomish County Elections. Retrieved November 25, 2016.

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