Rep. Lovick and Mayor Kartak differ on almost every issue


The contest for a legislative seat between Democratic Rep. John Lovick and Snohomish Mayor John Kartak at times has been overshadowed by the words and actions of the Republican challenger.

At stake is a two-year term in Position 2 of the 44th Legislative District, which encompasses the cities of Mill Creek, Snohomish, Marysville and Lake Stevens.

Lovick, 69, is seeking a third term in a second tour as a House member from the 44th District. He serves as speaker pro tem, making him one of the chamber’s most recognized, and respected, members.

A retired Washington State Patrol trooper, Lovick began his political career on the Mill Creek City Council. He won a state House seat in 1998 and was in his fifth term in 2007 when he was elected Snohomish County sheriff. He was appointed Snohomish County executive after the resignation of Aaron Reardon. He ran for a full term in 2015 but lost to another Democrat, Dave Somers. A year later, Lovick was picked to fill a vacancy on the Snohomish County Council.

The Mill Creek resident, who has two grown children, describes himself as a “servant leader” and says his experience is critically needed as the state deals with the pandemic and the economic downturn it’s triggered — and looks to heal a racial divide that has sparked a season of civil unrest.

“Elections are about leadership and results,” Lovick said. “We need leaders to enhance unity, diversity and strength.”

Kartak, 55, was born in Seattle, raised on a farm in Snohomish County and has lived in the city of Snohomish since 1996. He worked as a general contractor from the age of 19 until getting elected Snohomish mayor in a hard-fought election in 2017. He has five grown sons.

He touts his experience as a business owner handling demands of budgets and payrolls, and as mayor ensuring critical services are provided to residents.

Running against the tenured Lovick is “an honor,” he said, but the incumbent sides too often with the liberal fiscal…



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