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Term: 4 yrSalary: $8,700The mayor shall be the chief executive and administrative officer of the city, in charge of all departments and employees, with authority to designate assistants and department heads. He or she shall see that all laws and ordinances are faithfully enforced and that law and order is maintained in the city, and shall have general supervision of the administration of city government and all city interests. The mayor essentially serves as both the leader in name of the city, and the day-to-day active city manager.
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    Karen W. Guzak (NP) small business owner & council member

  • John T. Kartak (NP)

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Town where you live Snohomish,
Experience (300 characters max) • City Councilmember 2008 – present • Mayor, City of Snohomish 2010-2017 • Vice-Chair Snohomish County Tomorrow 2008 - 2017 • Co-Chair Highway 9 Coalition 2010 - 2016 • Co-Chair Eastside TRailways Coalition 2012 - 2016 • County Board of Health 2010 - 2015 • Served on Historic Design Review Board 200
This is an important election for the City of Snohomish. To maintain stability and continuity in our many important city services, management abilities, and financial skills are paramount. I am the candidate that can provide those qualities and that expertise so we can continue to focus on what’s important here: the health and safety of all. I am THE experienced leader in both business and as an elected official. I am strong in my commitment to Snohomish’s values of kindness, respect, community
Continuity as we change forms of government is key in continuing the excellence of our city services. Open communication and collaboration are required in governing. I believe in sensible solutions, balance, fiscal responsibility, continuing to lower utility rates, preserving our streets, sidewalks, trails, and parks to promote a more livable city. I have been a strong advocate in promoting our city throughout the state and region to support Snohomish’s vision as a vibrant destination for all.
My #1 goal is to create an organizational structure that will maintain the positive momentum on a number of city projects, such as: the development of the historic Carnegie library, the Hal Moe Site, the Eastside Trailway, and collaboration with the County and State for transportation projects. Also, multiple road, sidewalk, water and sewer projects are underway, and I will reinforce the continuity and esprit de corps of our quality staff and their management and financial skills.
Being a senior citizen, and knowing that we have an aging population, my commitment is provide services, affordable housing, and enhanced quality of life. These are important functions of our governmental services. Our city currently provides the land and maintenance of our award winning Senior Center, the Senior Affordable Housing Complex, and the Community Food Bank...all important in providing services for our seniors. More affordable housing is needed, and the city is actively partnering with our Snohomish Affordable Housing Group (SAHG) to find a suitable property for another project. I have also championed the Alliance for Housing Affordability to look to future projects for seniors and others who are challenged by increased housing costs.
I believe in the Sanctuary City concept and am heartened that Snohomish County and our contracted police also are officially support that concept. Currently, I am unaware of any negative issues regarding our immigrants, and certainly we have a welcoming approach to immigrants from all countries.
Infrastructure projects are streets, sidewalks, sewer, water, and storm water. These are major investments for a city. We were fortunate that our taxpayers approved a Transportation Benefit District sales tax increase which has provided powerful matching money for several improvement and preservation projects. We are in process to lower - again - our sewer rates through smart management, and are also looking to decommission our old water treatment plant in favor of less expensive Everett water.
Homelessness is a regional and national problem, and our small city partners with church groups and non-profits to support this population of people. We know that incarceration is not successful and that support services and safe housing is necessary. We are actively working in the region with other jurisdictions to provide more housing, knowing that this is a long term strategy that requires our commitment and our financial support.
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