Clallam County residents seeking to run for elected office have multiple ways to file for candidacy during Candidate Filing Week, held May 15-19.
Prospective candidates may file online via the Clallam County Elections website at www.clallam.net/elections. Online filing begins at 9 a.m. May 15 and ends at 4 p.m. May 19.
Residents may also file for candidacy in person at the Clallam County Auditor’s Office, 223 E. 4th St., Suite 1 in Port Angeles, during the five-day filing period. The Auditor’s Office, located in the Clallam County Courthouse, is open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Mailed declarations of candidacy are also accepted, and must be received by the Auditor’s Office by 4:30 p.m. Friday, May 19. The required forms are available for download at www.clallam.net/elections under the “Candidates” tab.
Candidate filing fees, regardless of filing method, must be received by the Auditor’s Office no later than 4:30 p.m. Friday, May 19 to complete the filing process. Payment must be by cash or check, as credit and debit cards are not accepted. Late payments are not accepted and would thus void any filings.
A total of 46 local offices are open for filing. These include two Port of Port Angeles Commissioner positions, four Port Angeles City Council positions, four Sequim City Council positions, the Forks Mayoral and three Forks City Council positions, and numerous school board positions for the Port Angeles, Sequim, Crescent, Cape Flattery, and Quillayute Valley school districts. Positions are also open for all six fire districts, two park and recreation districts, and two water districts.
The complete list of offices open for election and applicable filing fees, as well as an “FAQ for Candidates” and additional filing information, is available at www.clallam.net/elections.
Candidates filing for state offices must file with the Washington Secretary of State’s Office.
Contact Clallam County Elections at 417-2222 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.