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There is only one contested Mill Creek City Council election race this year

Newcomer Carmen Fisher is contesting the Mill Creek City Council seat now being held by Sean Kelly. Fisher describes herself as committed to social justice issues and sustainable environmental choices. Kelly is running under a cloud of mystery regarding his current residence.

By Richard Van Winkle, News of Mill Creek.

Our 2017 Snohomish County General Election ballots are in the mail and now is the time to decide how to cast our votes. Tuesday, November 7th, is the last day to turn in your ballot.

There is only one contested positon on the Mill Creek City Council in 2017 as only one candidate filed for three out of four positions this year.

There is no question that Mayor Pam Pruitt and Mayor Pro Tem Brian Holtzclaw will retain their city council jobs because they have no challengers.

As well, Mill Creek Planning Commissioner Jared Mead is running unopposed to take long-time Mill Creek City Councilmember Donna Michelson’s seat.

Michelson is retiring from the city council to spend more time with her family. First elected in 1999, she has served as mayor and mayor pro tem at various times during her tenure.

Newcomer Carmen Fisher is challenging Mill Creek City Councilmember Sean Kelly for his seat .

Fisher describes herself as committed to social justice issues and sustainable environmental choices. She has attended every city council meeting since filing for the position in order to learn the job.

Kelly is running under a cloud of mystery regarding his current residence. After the September 23, 2017, city council meeting he told Mill Creek Beacon Publisher Paul Archipley that he recently moved to Snohomish.

Washington State law requires city councilmembers to reside within city limits.

According to Archipley, Kelly is part owner of a Mill Creek residence and thought incorrectly that this allowed him to continue serving on the city council even though he didn’t live there.

Kelly hasn’t returned phone calls and messages from the Mill Creek Beacon or the News of Mill Creek asking him to confirm or deny that he lives outside the City of Mill Creek.

Editor's note: The Snohomish County Auditors Office has tentatively scheduled a hearing the week of November 13, 2017, to determine whether or not Mill Creek Councilmember Sean Kelly’s primary residence is within city limits. Click here for more information.

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