Friday is the deadline to file for public office

EVERETT — Battles for the White House and the governor’s mansion dominated last year’s general election, but this coming November, Snohomish County voters get to fill posts closer to home.

A whole bunch of them.

More than 175 races are up for grabs, including spots representing school, water and fire districts. That’s more than three times the number of political positions on last year’s ballot. The local races tend to appear in odd years, state and federal offices in even years.

“This is the year that the offices are up that make the biggest impact on our daily lives,” said Auditor Carolyn Weikel, whose office handles elections in the county. “The odd years are just so important, and I wish more people would come out.”

Candidate filing began Monday morning at the Auditor’s Office on the first floor of the county’s Administration West Building. By mid-afternoon, more than 100 candidates had signed up. Filing continues daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Friday.

The primary election is Aug. 18 and the general election is Nov. 3.

This year, for the first time, candidates must file electronically. They still have to go to the Auditor’s Office in person to do that. An automated system sends an e-mail if anybody else is running for the same position.

Among this year’s races are three county council seats, plus mayor’s offices in Brier, Everett, Gold Bar, Granite Falls, Index, Lynnwood, Monroe, Mukilteo, Stanwood and Woodway. Those municipalities and others have council races.

Positions are available in 15 school districts, 22 fire districts and seven water districts, three sewer districts and three hospital districts. The ports of Edmonds and Everett have other open spots, while four at-large seats are up on the East County Parks and Recreation District.

If any races fail to attract candidates, the Auditor’s Office opens a special three-day filing period. In 2007, that happened for two Stanwood City Council seats, as well as one seat each on the Lake Stevens and Stanwood-Camano school boards.

Noah Haglund: 425-339-3465,

How to file for office

For information on filing for political races in Snohomish County, go to and type “election” in the keyword search box in the middle of the Web page.

The site lists offices up for election, qualifications for office and filing fees, if applicable. The county elections division also can be reached at 425-388-3444.

Talk to us

More in Local News

In 2023, the Department of Transportation will widen a two-mile stretch of Highway 531 from 43rd Avenue NE to 67th Avenue NE. (WSDOT)
Smokey Point road improvements won’t be done before industrial center

Amazon, NorthPoint are coming but the state will not begin widening Highway 531 until 2023.

The Everson family got a new backyard after the city of Lake Stevens had to install a new city culvert under their property. (Isabella Breda / The Herald)
Lake Stevens’ collapsed culvert needs new fish-friendly fix

The city replaced a broken culvert earlier this year to address flooding. The work isn’t done.

Police: Mill Creek man, 63, accidentally shot by son

Detectives believe the dad was mistaken as an intruder. The injuries are not life threatening.

Family identifies Marysville woman found dead at Stevens Pass

Officials are investigating the death, which they called a homicide.

Man found dead in homeless camp Friday in Mountlake Terrace

His identity and cause of death are pending.

Erik Denton (left) holds his youngest daughter, Sierra, while his daughter Joanna chases bubbles and son Terry watches. Denton's three kids were killed in April. (Contributed)
Toy drive will honor Marysville man’s 3 slain children

Erik Denton and his family will collect toys Saturday in honor of the kids: Joanna, Terry and Sierra.

Snohomish County fire restrictions eased with rainy forecast

The outdoor burn ban will be lifted in unincorporated Snohomish County. And campfires are back.

Superior Court Judge Eric Lucas is retiring at end of year, after -- years on the bench. The former Mariner High School student was its first ASB president, went to Harvard Law School, and as an undergrad majored in creative writing. Photographed at Snohomish County Courthouse on Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2020 in Everett, Washington.  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
Judge Eric Lucas, who broke barriers on bench, dies at 67

Lucas was the first Black judge elected to Snohomish County Superior Court.

Construction continues at the site of the former Kmart for 400 apartments. and is slated for completion in 2023. Photo on September 14, 2021. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Coming soon to Everett, 430 apartments at former Kmart site

DevCo, Inc. is building six-story apartments “for the workforce” on Evergreen Way, near Boeing Freeway.

Most Read