Running for Office FAQ


 In order to run for office, candidates must file with the Secretary of State and the Public Disclosure Commission (PDC).

Key Dates for Candidate Filing

  • April 29 - First day filing officer may receive candidate declarations by mail

  • May 13 - Official Candidate Filing Week opens (candidates may declare in-person via County Auditor) at 9am Pacific Time.

  • May 17 - Final day for all candidates to file for office. Filing closes at 4pm Pacific Time.

  • May 20 - Candidate withdrawal deadline

  • May 21 - Last day for Secretary of State to certify candidates to County Auditors

  • May 24 - Candidate statements & photographs for state Voters’ Pamphlet due


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  • What are the offices open for election?

  • What are the required qualifications to be a candidate?

  • How can I file to be a candidate?

  • What if my questions aren’t answered here?


What are the offices open for election?

  • Snohomish County has 187 Offices open for election in 2019. Not all of these offices fall within the 39th but you can view the open offices list at the Secretary of State website here.

  • Skagit County has 103 Offices open for election in 2019. Not all of these offices fall within the 39th but you can view the open offices list at the Secretary of State website here.

  • King County has over 260 Offices open for election in 2019. Not all of these offices fall within the 39th but you can view the open offices list at the King County website here.

What are the required qualifications to be a candidate?

You must be a registered voter and possess the qualifications specified by law. Most offices require the candidate to be registered within the district.  Exceptions are US Congress and Superior Court.

If a candidate must be selected by voters from a geographic subdivision of a jurisdiction in the primary, the candidate must be properly registered to vote within that subdivision. RCW 29A.24.075

Contact the jurisdiction of the office to learn if there are additional qualifications.

How can I file to be a candidate?

There are three ways you can file to a candidate for an open office: Online, By mail, and In person.

  • Online at https://www.sos.wa.gov/elections/candidates/Online-Candidate-Filing.aspx
    Online filing begins May 13 at 9am and ends May 17 at 4pm.

  • By Mail, mail your declaration and filing fee to:

    Candidate Filing

    Office of the Secretary of State

    P.O. Box 40229

    Olympia, WA 98504-0229

    NOTE: Candidate filings can only be received up to 10 business days before the start of filing week

  • In Person, either at the Secretary of State’s Office or at your local County Auditor’s Office.

    To see a listing of County Elections Offices, go here.

    Washington Secretary of State’s Office

    Legislative Building

    416 Sid Snyder Ave SW

    Olympia, WA 98504

    Monday, May 13, 8am through Friday, May 17, 5pm

Snohomish County - (425) 388-3444

3000 Rockefeller Ave. M/S 505

Everett, WA 98201

Skagit County - (360) 416-1702

700 S. 2nd St, Room 201

Mount Vernon, WA

Monday, May 13, 8:30am - Friday, May 17, 4:30pm

King County - (206) 296-8683

919 Southwest Grady Way

Renton, WA 98057

What if my questions aren’t answered here?

The Washington Secretary of State’s website has a lot of great information! They also have a Candidate Filing FAQ and much more… Start your search at https://www.sos.wa.gov/elections/candidates/candidate-filing-faq.aspx