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King County Elections Braces for a Record Number of Candidates Running for Office

Summary

More than 700 candidates are expected to run for office in King County this year.

Story

King County Elections expects more than 700 candidates to run for office this year, setting a new record in the County.  Candidates planning to run for office must file Monday, May 13 through Friday, May 17. 

A historic number of people competed for local offices in 2017 and the department expects to see even more people file their candidacy this year.  

“People are more engaged in their government and their community when they see candidates who represent them,” said Julie Wise, Director of King County Elections. “This year we expect a record-breaking number of candidates to file for office, which is great news for our region and democracy.”    

The department hosted a series of free workshops about running for office earlier this year. More than 100 people attended to learn about topics including how to file your candidacy, filing fees and campaign sign regulations.  Anyone who was unable to attend a workshop can watch online videos covering these same topics.

During filing week, candidates have three ways to file for office:

  • Online starting at 9 a.m. Monday, May 13 until 4 p.m., Friday, May 17. Candidates may file online 24 hours a day.
  • In person from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily, Monday, May 13 through Friday, May 17. Candidates who choose to file in person use designated computers at the King County Elections Department headquarters, 919 SW Grady Way, Renton, WA.
  • By mail until May 17. Filings made by mail must be received no later than 4:30 p.m. on May 17, regardless of postmark.

 An updated list of candidate filings will be posted by noon and by 6 p.m. each day until the filing week ends.

Candidates can sign up for notifications by email or text to get alerts about deadlines and other candidate-related information.

For more information visit our website or call 206-296-1565.

Quotes

People are more engaged in their government and their community when they see candidates who represent them. This year we expect a record-breaking number of candidates to file for office, which is great news for our region and democracy.

Julie Wise, Director of King County Elections

Media contact

Kafia Hosh
206-477-4111
kafia.hosh@kingcounty.gov

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