By Evan Smith
Candidates can start filing by mail Monday for positions on the August primary and November general-election ballots.
Although the official period for filing on line or in person at either the Snohomish County auditor’s office in Everett or the secretary of state’s office in Olympia is May 12-16, officials offer candidates the chance to file by mail from April 28 through the May 16 filing deadline.
Candidates for county and local offices and for legislative positions in districts lying entirely within the county file through the county auditor’s office. Candidates for congress, for statewide offices and for legislative districts that cross county lines file with the secretary of state.
Local ballots will include the State Senate positions now held by Marko Liias in the 21st District and Maralyn Chase in the 32nd District; and the State House of Representatives positions held by Luis Moscoso and Derek Stanford in the 1st Legislative District; Lillian Ortiz-Self and Mary Helen Roberts in the 21st District, and by Ruth Kagi and Cindy Ryu in the 32nd District.
County Elections Manager Garth Fell said Friday that candidates who file early by mail have no advantage since officials don’t open their filing material until the official filing period starts. He said that mail candidates lose control of their information because someone else enters it into the computer system.