All of the four Mill Creek City Council seats up for election in 2013 will be contested. In two of these contests three candidates have filed for the same position, which means there will be a Primary Election for these City Council positions.
The State of Washington has a Top 2 Primary system. This allows voters to choose among all candidates running for each office regardless of their party preference. The two candidates who receive the most votes in the August 6th Primary Election qualify for the November 5th General Election.
The deadline for filing for the 2013 Snohomish County general election was Friday, May 17, 2013 and the names that were published by the Snohomish County Auditor’s office in alphabetical order are as follows:
Council Position #1 – requires Primary Election
- Sean Kelly
- Herbie Martin
- Lynn Sordel - Incumbent
Council Position #2 – requires Primary Election
- Douglas Carlson
- Donna Michelson - Incumbent
- Jason Wingert
Council Position #3 – no Primary Election required
- Kathy Nielsen - Incumbent
- Pam Pruitt
Council Position #4 – no Primary Election required
- Brian Holtzclaw
- Bart (Tim) Masterson - Incumbent
The City of Mill Creek is a Council-Manager form of government. This means that all legislative policy-making powers are vested in the City Council. The Council appoints a City Manager to carry out the legislative policies the Council develops. The City Manager is the head of the executive branch of City government.
In general, it is the Council’s role to make policy for the governance of the City and its citizens. The Council has the power to enact laws and policies consistent with state law, usually through the enactment of ordinances and resolutions.