Dave Somers worked for 18 years as a Tulalip Tribes as a salmon ecologist, working to protect and restore salmon runs in the Puget Sound. In 1997, he beat a conservative, anti-environmental Democrat and won a seat on the Snohomish County Council. Dave served on the Council for four years, where he was known for his work for the environment. In 2001, Dave was upset by conservative Republican Jeff Sax, who was an embarrassment to the people of his district. He built a house on his own property with no permits, has accepted thousands of dollars in campaign contributions from big developers, suggested the county cut off funding of United Way and manages to be both for and against the proposed Brightwater waste treatment plant. Sax even traveled to Washington DC to oppose the passage of the Wild Sky Wilderness area! When Dave Somers won his election, it shifted the balance of power on the County Council from the Republicans to the Democrats.