News from Councilmember Sam Low - District 5

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News from Sam Low

July 2022

Sam Low's eNewsletter


Snohomish County Council
3000 Rockefeller Ave., M/S 609
Everett, Washington 98201
8th floor, Robert J. Drewel Building 
Phone: 425-388-3494


Darcy Cheesman, Legislative Aide 

Happy Independence Day weekend!  Thank you for reading my monthly newsletter.  We are so blessed to live in the United States of America where we can celebrate the freedoms we are afforded.  I wish you all a happy and safe Independence Day.  

Public Safety Forum

Earlier this month I co-hosted a Public Safety Town Hall with Sheriff Adam Fortney, Councilmember Nate Nehring and Chief Criminal Deputy Matt Baldock. Over 100 people showed up to share their concerns and ask questions regarding the current state of public safety in Snohomish County.  The Lynnwood Times provided a detailed article on the Town Hall.

Photo of Sheriff Fortney, Councilmember Nate Nehring, Councilmember Sam Low at Public Safety Forum

Photo courtesy of Lynnwood Times

PAWS Wildlife Center Tours

Photo of Councilmember Low with others in front of new PAWS Wildlife Center

To serve the growing needs of wild animals and people in Snohomish County, PAWS is building a 25-acre Wildlife Center south of downtown Snohomish along Highway 9. I was fortunate to be able to tour the wildlife center last week. The new PAWS Wildlife Center will feature a specially-designed wildlife hospital and rehabilitation spaces to support the unique needs of over 250 different species of animals.

Photo of grounds at new PAWS Wildlife Center

In addition to providing excellent care to more than 5,000 wild animals every year, the new center will also allow PAWS to enhance its highly respected training programs for veterinary and rehabilitation professionals. The new PAWS Wildlife Center is set to open in 2023 and the organization is eager to build partnerships with the people and businesses in the area. If you would like to learn more about the project, please email

Photo of Councilmember Low and team touring new PAWS facility

Housing Hope Team HomeBuilding Ground Breaking – Sultan, WA

Photo of Councilmember Low and others at Housing Hope Ground Breaking

Pictured: Sultan Mayor Russell Wiita, Representative Keith Goehner (LD 12), Representative Carolyn Eslick (LD 39), Representative Mike Steele (LD 12) and USDA Rural Development Director Helen Price Johnson

I was thrilled to join many others at the groundbreaking ceremony of the new Housing Hope Team HomeBuilding site in Sultan.  Team HomeBuilding is a program that works with families to help them achieve the American dream of home ownership. This location will be the 41st and 42nd site for Housing Hope of Snohomish County.  We also celebrated 30 years of the amazing work Housing Hope has done in providing hope for hard-working families in Snohomish County. To learn more about this program you can visit their website.

Evergreen State Fair Hosting Food Drive for Free Tickets

Information Courtesy of Evergreen State Fair Park

Evergreen State Fair Hosts Fair Food Drive July 1-16

A chance to give back to the community with drop off locations at Lee Johnson Auto Family locations July 1-15 and drive-through event on July 16.

MONROE, Wash., June 30, 2022 – The Evergreen State Fair is hosting its annual Fair Food Drive early this year on Saturday, July 16, 2022 from 12:00-5:00 pm in the west parking lot at the Evergreen Fair Park in Monroe. With support from Lee Johnson Auto Family, drop-off options are also available July 1-15, 2022 at various Lee Johnson Auto Family locations around the region. By donating five or more non-perishable and unexpired items at the drop-off locations or at the drive-through event, the donor will receive one ticket for weekday admission to the 2022 Evergreen State Fair. Limit one ticket per person and five tickets per car. Cash donations do not count towards tickets. Donations will go to the Snohomish County Food Bank Coalition.

In 2021, the drive-through food drive was a success which brought in 13,655 pounds of food and $2,847 in donations which benefitted the Volunteers of America Western Washington and the Snohomish County Food Bank Coalition.

Having the food drive early instead of on opening day of Fair, which has been a tradition in the past, will disperse the usual crowds on Special Admission Days and eliminate the pressure of having to come to the Fair on a certain day to save money on admission. Once participants get their ticket, they can then choose which weekday to enjoy the fair.

Suggested non-perishable and unexpired donations include:

  • Diapers
  • Baby wipes
  • Hygiene items/toiletries
  • Canned vegetables, fruits, beans, meats
  • Pasta
  • Peanut butter
  • Rice
  • Shelf stable milk
  • Jellies and jams
  • Kitchen staples (spices, flour, sugar, cooking oil, salt)

Drop off locations available July 1-15, 2022:

Lee Johnson Chevrolet
Lee Johnson Mazda
Lee Johnson Kia

11845 NE 85th St Kirkland, WA 98033

Lee Johnson Nissan of Kirkland

11930 124th Ave NE Kirkland, WA 98033

Eastside Auto Licensing

8244  122th AVE NE Suite 2 Kirkland, WA 98033

Speedway Chevrolet
Speedway RV

16957 W Main St. Monroe, WA 98272

Lee Johnson Hyundai of Everett
Genesis of Everett

7800 Evergreen Way, Everett, WA 98203

Autoright Motors Bothell

17318 Bothell Way NE Bothell, WA 98011

Autoright Motors Lake Stevens

2022 87th Ave SE Lake Stevens, WA 98258

Mazda of Seattle

4522 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle WA 98105

More information can be found at:

Evergreen Speedway USA Birthday Bash

Evergreen Speedway USA Birthday Bash Flyer

Racing season is up and running!  There are great races happening this month and all summer long.  To learn more or to purchase tickets go to the Evergreen Speedway website.

Evergreen Speedway Flyer for Summer Showdown

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