Ready, set... file: the how-to's for a run at public office

Auditor Milene Henley and the San Juan County Elections Office are ready to sign up all candidates for local public offices during the May 12-16 filing window.

The elections office will accept online candidate filings from 9 a.m. Monday, May 12, through 4 p.m., Friday, May 16. In-person filings will be accepted from 8 a.m. on Monday, May 12, through 4:30 p.m. on Friday, May 16.

Mail-in filings will be accepted no earlier than Monday, April 28 and will be processed May 12.

San Juan County Offices up for election: assessor, nonpartisan 4-year term, $768.53 filing fee; auditor, nonpartisan 4-year term, $768.53 filing fee; Clerk, nonpartisan 4-year term, $768.53 filing fee; County Council Residency District 3 (Lopez and nearby islands), nonpartisan 4-year term, $756.79 filing fee; prosecuting attorney, partisan 4-year term, $1,359.96 filing fee; sheriff, nonpartisan, 4-year term, $1,035.95 filing fee; treasurer, nonpartisan 4-year term, $768.53 filing fee; District Court judge, nonpartisan, 4-year term, $1,112.99 filing fee.

Party precinct committee officers also filed for election for two year terms. There is no filing fee for these positions. No filing is complete until fees are paid.

Henley recommends that candidates should consider filing online. Those that do will receive confirmation of filing and updates when other candidates file for the same office. Online filings can be emailed from personal computers or from a computer set up in the Elections Office.

To file online, go to the County Elections webpage at and click on “Online Candidate Filing.”

To file by mail, go to the County Elections webpage and click on “Candidate Information,” then to “Candidate Filing Forms.” Mail completed forms and filing fees to San Juan County Auditor, PO Box 638, Friday Harbor, WA 98250.

Candidates filing in person should take forms to the Elections Office, 55 2nd Street, Friday Harbor.

The candidate information handbook is available at the Elections webpage by clicking on "Candidate Information,” then on “Candidate Handbook”. Those interested in running for office are encouraged to call the Elections Offices at (360) 378-3357 for more information.

Candidates for federal or state offices must file with the Washington Secretary of State.

The only federal office in this area up for election in 2014 is United States Representative for Congressional District 2, a partisan race with a two-year term. The filing fee is $1,740.00. Rick Larsen is the incumbent and is expected seek reelection.

Local state offices are state representative, District 40, Position 1, partisan 2-year term, $421.06 filing fee; state representative, D-40, Pos. 2, partisan 2 year-term – $421.06 filing fee.

Statewide offices: Supreme Court Justice Position 1, nonpartisan 6 year term, $1,642.21 filing fee; Supreme Court Justice Position 3 – nonpartisan 6 year term, $1,642.21 filing fee; Supreme Court Justice Position 4, nonpartisan 6 year term, $1,642.21 filing fee; Supreme Court Justice Position 7, nonpartisan 6 year term, $1,642.21 filing fee


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