By Richard Van Winkle, News of Mill Creek.
The Snohomish County Council unanimously elected Councilmember Nate Nehring as Chair and Councilmember Stephanie Wright as Vice Chair at their Monday, January 6, 2020, administrative session.
Nehring served as vice chair and Councilmember Terry Ryan served as chair last year.
It’s normal practice for county council leadership to rotate each year, so Ryan stepped down from his position as chair.
Since a majority of the county council are Democrats, it’s unusual for Nehring as a Republican to be part of the leadership. According to a Snohomish County Council news release this is the first time in recent history that a minority party member has been elected chair.
When nominating Nehring to be chair Ryan explained, “Normally the majority party of the council fills both the chair and the vice chair positions. With all the partisanship going on in Washington DC and elsewhere in the county, I felt that would be good to show that in Snohomish County we can all work together. Democrats and Republicans in a bipartisan manner for the betterment of Snohomish County.”
“I am humbled by the trust placed in me by my colleagues on the council,” said Nehring.
He went on to say, “It is a blessing to be a part of such a great team with people who are dedicated to serving their community. I believe 2020 will be a great year for Snohomish County.”
Wright said, “It is an honor to serve the people of Snohomish County. I look forward to being part of the leadership team as we look for new ways to improve our community for all those who live, work, and visit our county.”