Primary election choices: State Legislative District 1

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We continue with our summaries of candidates who appear on the Aug. 17 primary election ballot, with details collected from candidate websites, campaign literature and the Snohomish County voters pamphlet, which is online here. This report focuses on State Legislative District 1, positions 1 and 2.

District 1 coverage is wide-ranging, covering portions of northeast King County and south Snohomish County, including the southeast tip of Edmonds near Lake Ballinger, plus Mountlake Terrace, Brier, Bothell and Woodinville. Both positions 1 and 2 are open seats as the Democratic incumbents, Position 1’s Al O’Brien and Position 2’s Mark Ericks, chose not to run again.

Position 1 Democrats

Vince DiMiero

A Brier resident, DiMiero is a journalism teacher at Mountlake Terrace High School, where he advises the award-winning student newspaper. He also is a youth baseball and basketball coach. He supports education funding reform, expansion of public transportation options and infrastructure improvements. He also believes in green energy solutions and preservation of open space, parks and wetlands. He has been endorsed by the Edmonds Education Association and Snohomish County Deputy Executive (and former Edmonds mayor) Gary Haakenson, and he received from the Municipal League the highest rating of all candidates — Democrat or Republican — running for the position 1 seat. More information can be found on his website.

Derek Stanford

Derek Stanford, who lives in Bothell, is a director of analytics for a local telecommunications firm. He is currently membership chair for the Washington Alliance of Technology Workers. He wants to “build an economy that works for working people,” with jobs that provide health care and living wages. He also supports efforts to simulate new green businesses, and to reform education funding, and expanding transportation options. Stanford has been endorsed by the Washington State Labor Council and numerous labor unions,  and

Position 1 Republicans

Sandy Guinn

Dennis Richter

Dick Lapinski

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