Running for City Council? Tell The Beacon!


April 24, 2019

Though the Aug. 6 primary and Nov. 5 general election are months away, the filing period for candidates is fast approaching.

The filing period is May 13-17, and the two candidates with the most votes in the primary for each position move on to the general election.

This year in Mukilteo, there are four Mukilteo City Council seats that will be on the August and November ballots – Positions 4, 5, 6, and 7.

As of Tuesday, April 22, just two Mukilteo residents have filed for office, according to the Public Disclosure Commission’s (PDC) website.

The first candidate to declare was Riaz Khan, who announced his candidacy in January, which was reported in a front-page story Jan. 16.

Khan is a perennial candidate who has run for Mukilteo City Council multiple times, along with the state House of Representatives and state Senate. This year, he is running for Position 5, currently held by Scott Whelpley. Khan ran for Position 5 against Whelpley in 2015.

The second candidate to throw a hat into the race is longtime Councilmember Richard Emery, who holds Position 6. Emery was first appointed to Mukilteo City Council in 2008, before winning an election in 2009. He lost a bid for reelection in 2013 to Bob Champion for Position 2, but won Position 6 in 2015.

To help give candidates equal press regarding their intentions, we are asking those who are planning to run for Mukilteo City Council to reach out to The Beacon for a news story. This also applies to those who currently hold office who plan on running for reelection.

As always, we are hoping to see multiple candidates for each seat. In the 2017 election, there were multiple candidates for each of the three City Council positions on the ballot, as well as two candidates for mayor. We would like to see more of that this year.

Those who plan on running for office can email me at

Those who want to keep track of candidates themselves can do so by visiting the PDC’s website, Select “browse,” then “candidates by election year and office,” before choosing “municipal” and selecting Mukilteo.

Author Bio

Brandon Gustafson, Editor, Mukilteo Beacon

Brandon Gustafson was named editor of the Mukilteo Beacon in October, 2017. Born and raised in Mukilteo, Brandon attended Mukilteo Elementary, Olympic View Middle School, and Kamiak High School, graduating in 2013. After high school, Brandon attended Shoreline Community College, earning his associate's degree while playing for the school's baseball team. He then transferred to the University of Washington, where he graduated in 2017 with a bachelor's degree in communications-journalism.

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