Most of the year’s political contests are set, but there usually are some surprises during filing week, which starts Monday.
Filing for office by mail began April 28, but candidates have just five days to file in-person or online. All candidates must declare for office by Friday.
There’s no marquee race for U.S. Senate or governor this year. The only statewide races on the ballot are for state Supreme Court: three six-year terms and the last two years of retiring Justice Jim Johnson’s term. Mary Yu, Gov. Jay Inslee’s appointee to fill Johnson’s seat, must run to retain her spot on the bench.
The state’s 10 U.S. House seats also are up for election, along with all 98 state House seats, half of the 49 state Senate seats, and many judicial and local positions. Thousands of slots are available for local political-party positions.
In Pierce County, three County Council positions are up for election, as well as the prosecuting attorney and the auditor.
Most candidates will file with their county elections offices.
The exceptions are candidates for Congress, Supreme Court, and the legislative and judicial positions that span multiple counties. They file with the secretary of state’s office on the second floor of the state Legislative Building. Online filing and more details are available at vote.wa.gov.