Snohomish County Council News

Snohomish County District 5

District 5 Council Member Sam Low
Legislative Aide Darcy Cheesman     (425) 388-3494

Thank you for taking the time to view my first newsletter as your newly elected County Councilmember! I am humbled and honored to serve you in this capacity. Rest assured I will be working hard on the issues that affect east Snohomish County.

Here’s a little about me: I was born and raised in Snohomish County, and my wife and I are raising our family in the Lake Stevens area.  Mariah, my wife, works for a law enforcement agency as a forensic scientist specializing in DNA.  I feel blessed to live in such a vibrant, beautiful area and have and will continue to serve my community on many levels.  My previous work includes serving as President of the Lake Stevens City Council, and I currently serve as the Lake Stevens Rotary President. Now, as your County councilmember, I welcome your comments and concerns – my door is always open to discuss the issues that matter to you.  Below I have highlighted different areas of the district and meetings I have taken regarding council district 5. I hope you and yours continue to have a wonderful holiday season!

Chris Pratt and Sam Low
Chris Pratt and Sam Low
Photo courtesy of Jeanne Phinney Photography

Lake Stevens Boys and Girls Club

Last week I was publicly recognized by Hollywood Actor (and former Lake Stevens High graduate!) Chris Pratt for my work helping with the new Lake Stevens Teen Center and Granite Falls Boys and Girls Club. Having safe and fun experiences available for our teenagers has always been a priority for me, especially now as I now have four of my own. The work on the new Teen Center is expected to begin shortly.

Highway 522 - UNACCEPTABLE

Highway 522 traffic has a significant effect on the east county - it is completely unacceptable.  This was one of my main points this past summer and I have already met with state, county, and city officials to continue this discussion. I was also able to speak at the County Legislative breakfast with many state legislators, county staff, and elected officials, including County Executive Dave Somers about the impacts of 522 – including kids consistently missing class time because of 522. Earlier this month, I attended two separate meetings in Monroe concerning 522; the Monroe City Council Meeting and another meeting hosted by Monroe Mayor Geoffrey Thomas. There are several alternatives that are being discussed to alleviate the traffic issues. We will be holding a public meeting with WSDOT in late January/early February in Monroe and Maltby to discuss these alternatives with the community. I believe this issue is significant to the community and I will continue to fight for your safety and traffic relief.


Several areas throughout the county and our district are greatly affected by the homelessness issue.  This is one of Snohomish County’s top legislative priorities in the coming year.  My office will keep you up to date on the status of this issue in the coming months.

Cavalero County Park

I have been working closely with city and county officials on the Cavalero County Park.  Groundbreaking on a 15,000 square foot Skate Park is slated to begin soon and the estimated completion is by the end of this coming summer.     

Sultan Coffee with Mayor Eslick

Darcy, my Legislative Aide, or I have attended several Friday morning coffee meetings this month with Mayor Eslick and the Sultan Community.  In addition, I attended at least four other events in Sultan including the holiday celebration at the high school and the Chamber of Commerce meeting.

Snohomish Lions Club

Earlier this month I was able to speak at the Snohomish Lions Club about county issues around the Snohomish area.  Lions Club members had great questions, and we had a good discussion on community issues before they let me sneak out to coach my Jr. High Boys basketball team.


WSDOT earlier this month lowered the speed limit to 45 through the Clearview area to match the speed limit that has been in place south of Clearview on Highway 9. I also encourage those interested to attend an open house on Wednesday, January 11th, 2017 from 5:30pm – 8:30pm at Glacier Peak High School to learn more about WSDOT’s alternatives to provide short-term, low-cost traffic congestion improvements on State Route 9 through Clearview.


A great number of emails and discussions have been centered on several projects and legislation in the Maltby corridor. I have wholeheartedly focused on 522 and the issues facing Maltby, and I ask for some to be patient as county staff work through each issue we face in the Maltby area.  There is much to be done still on the commercial and Industrial legislation the county has been working on all year.

I have enjoyed my first month serving District 5 and I look forward to serving each person within our District in 2017! Please forward this email to your HOA’s Community groups and others who want to know what is happening in the 5th District.

I hope you found this E-newsletter informative and useful. You can make it even more valuable by suggesting topics and issues for future newsletters.  Please contact me at 425-388-3494 or e-mail  If you would like to share this newsletter, select the Forward email link below.
Sam Low, Snohomish County Council

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