It all becomes official when Washington candidates for public office file their papers with election officials during the week of May 12-16.
Filing by mail, now a little-used option, began quietly on April 28. But the more popular methods of filing for office, in-person or online, will take place during Filing Week. Depending on the office sought, candidates will file either with the Secretary of State’s Office (on the 2nd floor of the Capitol) or with their county auditor.
The Secretary’s Elections Division will receive all filings for the U.S. House, multi-county legislative districts, the state Supreme Court, and multi-county races for Court of Appeals and Superior Court. Single-county legislative and judicial races and all other offices will handled by the counties’ elections offices.
In-person, fax or emailed filings will be handled during normal office hours. Those who file by fax or email need to follow up with a hard copy by May 16. Online filings will be accepted from 9 a.m., May 12, through 4 p.m., May 16. Filings by mail will be accepted through May 16.
Filing fees are 1 percent of one year’s salary for the office. Congressional filings are $1,740; Legislature, $421.06; Supreme Court, $1,675.05; Court of Appeals, $1,594.55; and Superior Court, $1,518.09. A petition process is available for those unable to pay the filing fee.
There are 162 state offices open for filing – 66 with OSOS and 96 filed at the counties. Thousands more slots are available for precinct committee officers, all filing locally.
Secretary of State Kim Wyman and State Elections Director Lori Augino urged strong participation in this year’s filings and elections. Said Wyman:
“Although there are no U.S. Senate or statewide executive offices on the ballot this year, there are so many important leadership positions for all of us to consider. It will soon be time for our citizens to engage – and hopefully enjoy – the political process that means so much in our democracy.
“This year’s ballot includes all 10 U.S. House races, including the wide-open 4th District, where Doc Hastings is retiring after 20 years; the entire 98-member state House and half of the 49-member state Senate; four Supreme Court seats and other judicial positions; and important local races.”
A number of judicial positions are open for the remainder of unexpired terms, including the state Supreme Court seat vacated by Justice Jim Johnson. Six-year terms for three other high court seats also are up for election this year, as are 12 Court of Appeals positions; and 13 Superior Court seats.
Augino said election professionals on Wyman’s staff and around the state are fired up about the mid-term elections, and hoping for a bumper crop of good (more…)