Strom Peterson announces campaign to retain Snohomish County Council seat

Snohomish County Councilmember Strom Peterson

State Rep. Strom Peterson, who was appointed to the Snohomish County Council in September 2022, has announced his campaign to retain the council seat.

The Snohomish Countil Council unanimously appointed Peterson to the District 3 seat vacated when Stephanie Wright resigned to accept a post in County Executive Dave Somers’ administration. District 3 includes the cities of Edmonds and Lynnwood and the Town of Woodway.

Peterson also serves as a state representative for the Washington Legislature’s 21st District, a seat he has held since 2015. Prior to that, he served six years on the Edmonds City Council.

Peterson and his wife Maria Montalvo have lived in Edmonds since 2001. They had owned the Cheesemonger’s Table in downtown Edmonds for a number of years before they sold it in 2021, and before that operated Olives Gourmet Foods. Peterson was born and raised in New Mexico and graduated from the University of New Mexico.

In a news release announcing his campaign, Peterson said that during his more than six months on the county council, he has focused on regional collaboration to strengthen communities through economic development, improved public safety, and a shared vision for housing, transportation and preservation solutions.

“I believe my experience at the local, state and now county level gives me a unique perspective into the challenges and opportunities at every level,” Peterson said. “It is my priority to ensure that policy innovations and improvements happening at the local level are improving decisions made at the state. I also want to advocate for every investment and opportunity available to neighbors across Snohomish County.”

Among those endorsing Peterson are Congressman Rick Larsen, Attorney General Bob Ferguson and County Executive Dave Somers.

Peterson serves on the council’s community safety and justice committee, which oversees the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office, Corrections, Courts and Human Services Department; the Community Transit Board; Aerospace Task Force; Puget Sound Regional Council Operations and Economic Development Committees; Housing Affordability Regional Task Force (HART); Conservation Futures Board; and WRIA 8 Salmon Recovery Council.

Peterson will continue to represent the 21st Legislative District as a legislator in Olympia. Learn more at


  1. I’ll have a hard time supporting him. His sponsorship of HB1110 was a smack in the face to local, nuanced governance and to the City of Edmonds (which was projected to meet its UGB population goals). Given our two party system and the host of other important issues at stake, I may not be left with much of a choice but I reserve the right to be sore about it.

    1. Given the apparent enthusiasm that he has for “top-to-bottom” central planning from Olympia, I don’t know why we would want him also occupying space on a county council seat. Lets leave that council seat for someone who actually believes in local control of government, as opposed to that of the Central Planning Kommittee in Olympia. Sorry Mr. Peterson, but these are two hats that together don’t seem to complement your style very well.

    2. Under the circumstances I will not vote for Strom Peterson. I could never trust him now. I thought after the fact it was odd his wife Maria when she was going to run for Edmonds CC but it wasn’t mentioned that I saw that she was married to Strom. I found that a bit eh… Strom like some politicians probably wants to move up in ranks. I won’t help with that. I really am one who needs to trust the person they vote for in any election. Its hard to know who? Strom has one position now in govnmt and that should be all we need from him as things are now.

  2. This man is power hungry imo. After backstabbing his Constituents with HB1110, I wouldn’t give him the time of day, let alone my vote. FOR ANYTHING.

  3. Maybe in his spare time, he could go back on the City Council and also be a Congressman at the National level; thus having all the cushy governmental bases covered. I think I’m going to try to help give him the option of just going back to selling cheese, where his actions can’t do anyone any more harm; like giving the Master Builders control over all future housing in the state, county and city. Talk about special interest politics and NOT listening to one’s constituents. I’d like to think I won’t have to vote for some Fascist to get rid of him in both jobs, but I suspect that is the sad fact of the matter.

  4. No. Peterson supports many things that do not benefit us…state control of zoning decisions, additional sales tax, homeless housing with no restrictions or requirements to rehab. Please vote No to giving additional powers to this type of leadership.

  5. One guy holding two elected positions from a party that talks so often about inclusion, diversity, and equity, to be getting establishment endorsements is hypocrisy, bought and paid for by special interests.

  6. And let’s not forget when Peterson personally came to a City Council meeting to object to our no camping in public spaces ordinance. A public safety measure that he opposed! One thing for sure, he has consistently shown he is not capable of representing the best interest of his constituents. If not us, who is he representing? Just follow the money.

  7. There isn’t a single person whom I have voted for who has ever been what I would consider to have a 100% “perfect” voting record. It simply isn’t possible. Is the increased density issue unpopular, yes. Is the homeless problem horrid, yes. However, considering I don’t know who might run against Mr. Peterson, at this point and time, he has my vote.

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